CREATION LAB 2017 unites like-minded artists seeking dialogue, exploration and investigation into Indigenous creation process, practice and performance methodology. Connecting international Indigenous artists, KDT’s LAB is an open cultural space to ask questions, challenge one’s own notions, open up to new possibilities that depart from euro-western methodologies. This year Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is partnering with the Woodland Cultural Centre and activities will take place at the Centre, Brantford, ON and on Six Nations of the Grand River territory.
CREATION LAB 2017 facilitators include: performance installation artist Jaime Black (Winnipeg); director and choreographer Alejandro Ronceria; Haka Theatre director and choreographer Beez Ngarino Watt (Hawaiki TŪ/Aotearoa) TBC; choreographer and dancer Taane Mete (Okareka Dance Company/Aotearoa) and guest teachers and speakers to be announced. NOTE: Subject to changes.
KDT’s process-oriented CREATION LAB offers participating artists a creative space for exploration of inner landscape; experimentation in unexplored artistic territory; dramaturgical processes and analysis of Indigenous performance practices. The LAB focuses on creative strategies for inter-cultural, inter-disciplinary arts framed within Indigenous knowledges.
In 2016, the CREATION LAB made its home on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Artists from local to international unite on ancestral lands to exchange, create and dialogue about performance practices, narratives, and creativity. The immersive community experience focuses on activation of inner and outer space in body and land, integration of community through shared cultural events, open public studio work and site based explorations. Each year the LAB is led by a team of inspired facilitators who offer their specific look into the creation process. Facilitators share their performance practices, insight and experience as well as dramaturgical guidance. Past facilitators include: Charles Koroneho (NZ), Monique Mojica, Jorge Luis Morejon (US), Frances Rings (AU), Louise Potiki Bryant (NZ).
Facilitators and participating artists work together to re-connect to cultural memory, create work generated from body, land and place. Interdisciplinary artists interested in movement and/or performance as a focus are welcomed to apply. Participants require experience in creation, choreography, direction and performance.
Registration is open to:
Pre-professional and professional dancers, actors and performance artists
Experienced or emerging choreographers
Theatre/film director and makers
Interdisciplinary artists: visual, installation, media etc
Performance studies researchers
Locations: Six Nations of the Grand River - Woodland Cultural Centre, Six Nations Community
July 30-August 5, 2017 : Week 1: Exploration & Development of Methodology
– Group classes, exploration of Indigenous creation processes, devising performance tools, composition, site-specific activations, community showings and conversations led by LAB facilitators.
August 7-11, 2017: Week 2: Specific Creation Work
– Participants will be divided into creation groups.
– Based on submission proposals, selected artists will be offered the opportunity to explore their proposed work alongside 1 of the facilitators as dramaturge/outside eye.
– Artists who are not working on their own creation will be work within 1 of the groups and experience the process of devising and methodological practice.
August 12, 2017: Creation Lab Showcase
– Informal showcasing of performance creation in development and conversations about process.
NOTE: Registration for the full CREATION LAB is mandatory (no partial participant or drop-in options), ages 16+
Registering artists are required to submit the following via email:
Short Biography and/or CV: outlining of performance training and background (max 2 pages)
State your experience and/or interest in exploring Indigenous process
Submit reference to your work (Web links to your choreographic/performance/art work or research), images etc.
For artists who are submit a creation proposal include: A creation project description including: artistic vision, current state of development, statement about your cultural, artistic or academic practice, what Indigenous processes you are working on and hope to work on, what outcomes would you like to achieve during the process and any samples of the work (max 3 pages).
Please submit your proposal to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The CREATION LAB facilitators will review artist proposals and acceptance letters will follow.
KDT’s CREATION LAB is holistic and supports a healthy ecology for creativity and performance. The CREATION LAB welcomes emerging to professional artists, interdisciplinary artists who incorporate dance, theatre and performance, directors of movement.