In collaboration with our MainStage play, Ayita by Teneil Whiskeyjack, the lobby of the Westbury Theatre will include an Interactive Art Installation by Adrianne Beauregarde, as well as other art pieces she has curated, and a multi-media installation created by Indigenous young women through the VIDEA Canada Corps program and the Braided Journeys Program. Lobby Design by Daniela Masellis.
On display March 3-13. Check out the art installations before the show or during any hours the Fringe Grounds Cafe is open.
Ayita Interactive Art Installation
This site-specific installation is in direct response to Ayita, a play by Teneil Whiskeyjack. It attempts to inhabit an Indigenous, other-worldly experience through visual storytelling. The work is exploring and thinking through creating an experience that has no defined space or time.
Themes of traditional practices and medicine/healing are major discourses of thought that fall into the conceptual aspect of this work. Visual elements using video, projection, sound and scent aim to stimulate the senses in an attempt to engulf visitors into the environment of physical experience.
This work is rooted in Indigenous knowledge and focuses on responding to storytelling and exploring ideas around traditions and relationships which are strengthened through matriarchy.
Installation by Indigenous Youth
Iskwêwiwin (being a woman) is a multi-media installation that intrinsically weaves film, music and handmade traditional ribbon skirts into a powerful exploration of self awareness, diversity and resilience. A compelling showcase of young Indigenous women finding their voices; their interpretation of identity and relationship with their environment ultimately realizing their collective strength to find calm in chaos. Iskwêwiwin reflects a desire to create space for youth-led dialogue and creative expression for the contemporary Indigenous social justice movement.
Youth – Hannah Ouelette, Sarah Tomic, Emma Dene England, Kiahna Auger, Paige Whiteford, Dream Bruce, Santana Daignealt, Neveah Beaurprez, Marie Muskwa, Nadya Bigstone, Heaven Cardinal, Paulina Miraglia, Ciara Bellam Sawan, Isabelle Dene McIvor, Iva Teare, Reese Beaver, Ocean Sauve, Grace Marchick, Taija Hogan, Jada Tokonopie, Zoeylyn Alexis Sauve, Trinity Cardinal, Tyla Tootoosis
Funded by VIDEA in partnership with the Braided Journeys Program and the Pathways to Education Program.
Canada Corps Program VIDEA
VIDEA’s Canada Corps programming runs four different projects with diverse youth between the ages of 15 and 35 from across Canada. These projects connect and engage youth on Reconciliation, healing, wellness, creativity, and Indigenous ways of knowing and being. They ultimately culminate with a final collaborative arts performance or showcase that reflects the unique journeys of each project.
VIDEA is a non-for-profit organization based on the unceded territories of the WS’ANEC’ (Saanich), Tsartlip and Tsawout (central Saanich), Lekwungen (Songhees), Wyomilth (Esquimalt) and T’Sou-ke (Sooke) Coast Salish Peoples in what is now called the city of Victoria, British Columbia. VIDEA strengthens the environment where youth and communities, globally, have access to the education, skills and support necessary to take feminist leadership in developing their own sustainable solutions to gender equality, environment, Indigenous and human rights violations and injustice. We strive to support and inspire others, especially Indigenous, and underrepresented youth, to better understand global issues, and issues of oppression, discrimination, systemic sexism and colonialism, and to use their power and voice, towards more just communities. Our work integrates intersectionality, gender and climate justice throughout, centering the needs, experiences, and leadership of those most impacted by inequality, discrimination and oppression. We are more than a feminist organisation, we are a women’s organisation. It is our role as a feminist, women’s organisation to create the conditions where the voices of those who identify as women, girls, gender-diverse, and 2SLGBTQ+, and those with additional barriers, are brought to the centre of conversations.