Monday 22 February
Indigenous Welcome to Country
New Farm Park, Brisbane Powerhouse
Brisbane is situated on the Ancestral Homelands of the Turrbal, Ugarapul/Yugarapul and Jagera peoples, the Traditional Custodians of Australia. In keeping
with their traditional practices APAM invites the visiting Indigenous peoples of Canada, New Zealand and Australia to participate in a ceremonial cultural
exchange with their First Nation hosts.
Tuesday 23 February
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Utopia and the Institution: Socially Engaged Art Practices in the 21st Century (Talking Heads Series)
Ballroom 3, Sofitel Brisbane Central
Using a two-page commissioned provocation by Alex Winters (Open Engagement) as a starting point, this panel explores the complexities of creating and
producing socially engaged art alone, with other people and various presenting and commissioning partners.
Moderated by Lenine Bourke (The Walking Neighbourhood), with Alex Winters, Libby Harward (Creative Inclusive), Sally Szwed (Creative Time) and Darren
O’Donnell (Mammalian Diving Reflex, APAM 2016 Artist in Residence).
Wednesday 24 February
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Sofitel Grand Central (Hotel)
Focussed roundtable exploring the touring landscape of Canada.
Moderated by Judy Harquail and Sherrie Johnson
7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Cris Derksen Showcase
Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse
Award winning Canadian Aboriginal cellist Cris Derksen is known for building layers of sound into captivating performances. Her music braids the
traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics, creating genre
defying music. Originally from the North Tall Cree reserve in northern Alberta, Cris composes for film and television, and tours extensively nationally and
internationally, performing and recording with an impressive array of musicians, including recent projects with Buffy Sainte Marie, Tanya Tagaq, and Kinnie
Cris Derksen (cello), Nimkii Osawamick (dance) and Jesse Baird (drums)
10:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Function: A Night With Canada
Turbine Platform, Brisbane Powerhouse
The Canada Council for the Arts welcomes APAM delegates to meet and exchange with the Canadian artists, producers and presenters attending APAM.
Thursday 25 February
9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Zoom-In On CANADA
Ballroom 2, Sofitel Brisbane Central
Zoom-in On CANADA introduces the voices and visions of Canada’s exciting and diverse presenters. This will be an opportunity for five presenters to share
different perspectives and exchange information about the Canadian artists this group is most excited to introduce and connect to the global performing
Hosted by Sherrie Johnson (Canadian Stage) with Carolyn Warren (Banff Centre for the Arts), Norman Armour (PuSH Festival), Danièle de Fontenay (Usine C),
Majdi Bou-Matar (MT Space) and Kathleen Merritt.
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
First Nations’ Perspectives: Exploring Australia’s Relationship to Indigenous Art and Culture through and with International Eyes (Talking Heads
Ballroom 3, Sofitel Brisbane Central
The conversation surrounding Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performance in Australia has been strongly asserted into the collective conversation in
recent times. APAM 2016, welcomes a large number of international First Nations delegates from New Zealand and North America to join together in expanding
the dialogue around engaging with First Nations artists and content.
Moderated by Lydia Miller (Australia Council for the Arts), with Ryan Cunningham (Native Earth), Hone Kouka (Tawata Productions), Rachael Maza (ILBIJERRI
Theatre Company), and Santee Smith (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre).
Santee Smith, Toronto
Santee Smith (Tekaronhiáhkhwa) is a performer, producer, choreographer from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations, Ontario.
Santee attended Canada’s National Ballet School and holds Kinesiology and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and a MA in Dance from York
University. In 1996, she created her first choreography for the National Film Board’s The Gift propelling her from academics to performance.
Santee self-produced her first work Kaha:wi at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in 2004. One year later she founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, a vehicle for her
artistic work which lives at the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance. Her repertoire includes 12 productions, 7 short works, many works
for special events and film/video such the recent National Arts Centre’s I Lost My Talk. Santee is a recipient of awards including Dora Mavor
Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography. Her artistic vision speaks to humanity, identity, embodied Indigenous practice generated from body, story, and
Ryan Cunningham, Toronto
Ryan Cunningham is Plains Cree/Metis from Edmonton, Albert Canada and the Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts, co-founder/producer of Alberta
Aboriginal Performing Arts, founding member of The Agokwe Collective, and co-producer of the award-winning production; Agokwe. He is a Board
member of IPAA (Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance) and the CanDance Network. As an actor Ryan has worked in TV, Film & Theatre for two decades; most
recently in the all Aboriginal cast of King Lear at the National Arts Centre of Canada. Ryan is a series regular on the award winning television
series, Blackstone playing the role of Darcy Douglas in all 5 seasons.
Nigel Grenier, Vancouver
Nigel is of Gitxsan and Cree ancestry. He is a lead dancer and the Marketing and Outreach Coordinator for Dancers of Damelahamid, an Aboriginal dance
company based in Vancouver, BC. His role as a lead dancer for the company began with Sharing the Spirit (2007), and includes Visitors Who Never Left (2009), Dancing Our Stories (2010), Spirit and Tradition (2010), Spirit Transforming (2012),
and In Abundance (2014). He has worked on major projects produced by the company including the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival and a regional
tour of Spirit Transforming. He has completed a BA at the University of British Columbia in the History Honours Program. In 2008, Nigel placed
first at the National Aboriginal Writing Challenge. Nigel has worked extensively with Indigenous youth as the student coordinator for the UBC Museum of
Anthropology’s Native Youth Program, the Musqueam Youth Program, and CEDAR Sumer Camp.
Lara Kramer, Montreal
Lara Kramer is the choreographer and artistic director of Lara Kramer Danse, based in Montreal. Kramer is a First Nation choreographer and performer whose
work is intimately linked to memory and her aboriginal roots. Her work has been presented in Montreal at the OFFTA, First Peoples Festival, Festival Vue
Sur la Reléve, the MAI (Montreal arts intercultural) and Tangente, in Vancouver at Talking Stick Festival, Dancing on the Edge, in Ottawa at Canada Dance
Festival, in Toronto at Planet IndigenUS and Native Earth Performing Arts, at The Banff Centre, at Public Energy in Peterborough, New Dance Horizons in
Regina, and at Alberta Aboriginal Arts and The Expanse Movement Arts Festival in Edmonton. Her acclaimed work Fragments (2009), inspired by her
mother’s stories of the Indian Residential Schools of Canada, has brought her recognition as “Canada’s bright new talent”. She has been on the faculty of the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre and has taught workshops in Vancouver, Edmonton, Regina, Toronto and
Tara Beagan, Toronto
Tara writes, directs, produces and acts in theatre. She grew up in a story-loving home. Her Ntlaka’pamux mom has always been an avid reader, and her
Irish-Canadian dad took her to the library weekly. Her older sister Rebecca (now a teacher) taught her the alphabet after learning it in kindergarten, and
her younger brother Patrick (lighting designer/theatre administrator) created worlds and characters with her, sharing an interest in enacting stories. She
is a proud auntie to Diana and Owen. Tara is now happy in work with her love, Andy Moro, co-helming Indigenous Arts Activist Company ARTICLE 11. More work
credits can be found at tarabeagan.com
Andy Moro, Toronto
Andy is a multi-award winning mixed-Euro/Omushkego Cree designer based in Toronto. Andy has most recently collaborated with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Red Sky Performance, and the Gitxsan Dancers of Damelahamid. He has been core creative
faculty for the Indigenous Dance Residency at The Banff Centre since 2012. He is co-founder and director, with Tara Beagan, of ARTICLE 11. Their
performative installation DECLARATION has been featured at the National Arts Centre and the Royal Ontario Museum. In Spirit was featured
at Planet IndigenUs in Toronto this summer and at Performing Turtle Island in Regina in collaboration with the Gordon Tootoosis Nikaniwin Theatre in the
fall. This spring, ARTICLE 11 will premiere their anticipated work Reckoning - an inter-disciplinary triptych tackling layers of fallout from the
recently resolved Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
Emilie Monnet, Montreal
Interdisciplinary artist Emilie Monnet founded Onishka Productions in 2011 to present performance-based work created from unique collaborations between
artists of different cultures and disciplines. Combining theatre, performance and media arts forms, her work explores the interconnections between
identity, language, memory and imagination; telling stories that weave the symbolic realms of dreams and mythology - both personal and collective. A
graduate of Ondinnok’s theatre training program in partnership with the National Theatre School of Canada (Montreal, 2007), Emilie also studied media arts
and holds a Masters in Peace Building and Conflict Resolution from Deusto University, Spain and from Uppsala University, Sweden. Emilie’s roots are
Anishinabe and French and she lives in Montreal. onishka.org
Kathleen Merritt (IVA), Iqualuit
Canadian Inuit throat-singer Kathleen Ivaluarjuk Merritt (IVA) will take you on a journey through the Arctic with vocal interpretations of the wind, birds,
land and sea. IVA performs Inuit throat singing and poetry infused with Celtic influence folk music. Her debut album Ice, Lines & Sealskin
(2015) is a reflection of her love for collaboration. IVA has shared the stage with world musicians including throat singer Tanya Tagaq, DJ Spooky, the
National Art Centre Orchestra, Susan Aglukark and Australian didgeribone player Tjupurru. She is also a teacher of this ancient art, and works with schools
and music programs to teach throat singing and facilitate workshops that encourage youth to create, collaborate and build skills and confidence through
music, art and identity.
Starr Muranko, Vancouver
Starr Muranko is a dancer/choreographer & Artistic Associate with Raven Spirit Dance. Her choreographic work has been presented at the Dance Centre,
Dance in Vancouver, Dancing on the Edge, Talking Stick Festival, Crimson Coast Dance Society and the Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival. She is a proud
member of the Dancers of Damelahamid and has toured across Canada and internationally to New Zealand, Peru and Ecuador. She has trained and performed
internationally at the School for Performing Arts in Ghana, West Africa and holds a BFA in Dance/Cultural Studies from SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts.
She has presented her research at the World Indigenous People’s Conference in Education (WIPCE) and the Dance Alliance of the Americas Conference and
serves as a board member for the Scotiabank Dance Centre and as president for CADA/West (Canadian Alliance for Dance Artists). Starr celebrates her mixed
heritage of Cree/Metis and German in all of her work.
Nimkii Osawamick, Manitoulin Island
Nimkii Osawamick is an Anishnaabe dance artist from Wikwemikong, Unceed Reserve, and is a member of the Wolf Clan. Nimkii has been dancing since the age of
three years old. Now an active community member in powwow circles, Nimkii is well-known as a singer, hoop dancer, and champion powwow dancer. He has
travelled extensively across North America sharing his gift of singing and dancing with the peoples of Turtle Island. Nimkii has previously worked with the
Nozhem Theatre at Trent University as a dance artist, which has opened many doors for him into the performance world. Nimkii founded Dedicated Native
Awareness (DNA) Stage to help bridge the cultural gap between First Nations people and inhabitants. dnastage.com
Majdi Bou-Matar, Waterloo
Majdi Bou-Matar is a theatre director and performer who immigrated to Canada from Lebanon in 2003. He holds an MA degree in Drama from the University of
Guelph with research focus on Canadian intercultural theatre. Majdi has directed several productions in Beirut and has been an active participant in
several theatre, television, and film projects in the Middle East and Tunisia. An active member of the Waterloo Region art community, Majdi founded TheMulticultural Theatre Space (MT Space) in 2004. At MT Space he has directed Three-Legged Horse, Seasons of Immigration, Yes or No, Exit Strategy and The Last 15 Seconds. Majdi is also the Artistic Director of IMPACT, a biennial international
theatre festival in the Waterloo Region.
(Director, Theatre, Canada Council), William Lau (Program Officer, Dance, Canada Council), Judy Harquail (Arts
consultant) and Sherrie Johnson (Canadian Stage) accompanied the delegation.
Other Canadians at APAM included:
- Darren O’Donnell, Artistic & Research Director,Mammalian Diving Reflex (Toronto) & APAM 2016 Artist in Residence
- Norman Armour, Artistic & Executive Director, PuSH International Performing Arts Festival (Vancouver)
- Kathy Campbell, Manager, Cris Derksen / Pooka Print (Vancouver)
- Alain Dancyger, Director, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal (Montréal)
- Ann Connors, Managing Director, One Yellow Rabbit & High Performance Rodeo (Calgary)
- Danièle de Fontenay, Artistic Director, Usine-C (Montréal)
- Cris Derksen, Artist, Cris Derksen / Pooka Print (Vancouver)
- Gilles Doré, Director, Art Circulation (Montréal)
Chris Durán-Reynolds, Artistic Associate, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
Dani Fecko, President, Fascinator Management
Léa Fischer-Albert, Commnunication Director, Le Théâtre Du Gros Mécano (Montréal)
Branislav Henselmann, Executive Director, Ballet BC
John Lambert, President, John Lambert & Assoc.
- Alain Paré, Vice President, Executive Director & Founder, CINARS (Montréal)
- Tina Rasmussen, Director, Performing Arts, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)
Sarah Rogers, Agent, Menno Plukker Theatre Agent Inc.
Paul Tanguay, Director, Tanguay Impresario (Saint-Alphnonse-Rodriguez)
Carolyn Warren, Vice President, Arts, The Banff Centre