Kinetographer Mola Dudad III
Kinetographer Mola Dudad III
First Nations House
Time: May 9th, 5:00 pm End: May 9th, 8:00 pm
Interest Categories: Women & Gender Studies (FAS), United States Studies, Linguistics (FAS), Language Studies (UTM), Indigenous, English and Drama (UTM), English (UTSC), English (FAS), Education, Drama, Theatre, Performance Studies (FAS), Comparative Literature (FAS), Communication, Culture, Information and Technology (UTM), Cinema, Canada, Anthropology (UTM), Anthropology (FAS), 2000-
The Moving Lab is a workshop facilitated by Brenda Farnell in association with Toronto Native History Project and The Great Indian Bus Tour
The Jackman Humanities Institute Program for the Arts is pleased to present:
Kinetographer Mola Dudad: From Page to Stage and Back Again
The Moving Lab
Abstract: Building upon concepts and skills explored in the workshop on Tuesday 3 May, this 'moving lab' offers participants the opportunity to embark upon a cognitive journey through which they will first acquire and then begin to embody the oft-forgotten, oft-ignored historica knowledge of Toronto's urban landscape. As sojourners on The Great Indian Bus Tour, participants will be ushered into a pre-Conquest landscape wherein its indigenous stewards built, planted, designed technologies, planned infrastructures, gathered medicines, celebrated, traded, and at certain periods, battled for control of 'The Gathering Place'. As historical understanding deepens, Professor Farnell will lead participants through kinetic exercises on selected sites, through which they will begin to mindfully map the recovered life of the spaces in which we (so often heedlessly) live and so begin to remember and re-member our connections and responsibilities to each other and to our biota.
Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way is one of the most important contemporary Native theatre projects to emerge in recent years. Its creation rests upon a decade of investigation into Native performance culture out of which its creators have established a solid framework of decolonizing methodologies, which can be realized in a repeatable series of practical steps to create efficacious and affective works that are informed by the traditions and aesthetic principles of the communities for which they have been created.
Dr. Brenda Farnell (Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois) specializes in Native languages, the anthropology of movement, Laban and Laban notation. In 2009 she published Do You See What I Mean?: Plains Indian Sign Talk and the Embodiment of Action, for which she has adapted the system of Laban notation to document the storytelling performanes of the Nakota people. As fluent sign-talkers are becoming increasingly rare in Plains communities, this book has become an invaluable community resource. Building on this work, Dr. Farnell has become Chocolate Woman's official "Kinetographer Mola Dudad": she records the movement of the living mola.
There will also be a public lecture on Monday 2 May and a workshop on Tuesday 3 May at the Robert Gill Theatre. Both are at 7 p.m.
All events are free; registration is required for the workshop and Moving Lab, but not for the lecture.
These events are sponsored by:
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