A program for grades 5 – 12 that weaves Indigenous Culture, Hoop Dancing, Ballet and Contemporary dance with explosive storytelling

Bears Stars and Trees

Two worlds collide when the city threatens nature. The Seven Grandfathers come to the rescue whispering wisdom that will help us all save the environment in crisis.  CREDITSConceived by: Shirley Horn, Donna Hilsinger and Malgorzata Nowacka-May Outside Eye: Shirley Horn, Chancellor of Algoma University and former Missanabie Cree First Nation Chief Artistic Advisor: Arik Pipestem Choreography and Artistic Direction: Malgorzata Nowacka-May Video: Jonathan Lawley Original Music Composition: Eric Cadesky and Nick Dwyer Set and Costumes: Malgorzata Nowacka-May   

Trickster’s Romeo and Juliet

The classical story of Romeo and Juliet has a different ending when Trickster gets involved and brings the Seven Grandfather Teachings to the mix. A different ending evolves as seven animals bring their wisdom.  CREDITS Story developed by: Shirley Horn Chancellor of Algoma University and former Missanabie Cree First Nation Chief and Malgorzata Nowacka-May | Artistic Advisors: Arik Pipestem and Nimkii Osawamick | Choreography and Artistic Direction: Malgorzata Nowacka-MayVideo: Christan Mariyanayagam Music Engineer: Eric Cadesky | Original singing: Nimkii Osawamick | Set and Costumes: Malgorzata Nowacka-May | Mask creation and construction: Arik Pipestem with assistance by Sophie Dow