The Global Savages have travelled to Ottawa to spend the week telling their stories at the Magnetic North Theatre Festival. The experience began with a Sunrise Walk Arrival on Saturday morning, starting at the Sentier des Voyageur with a welcome from a local Elder. The group of about 25 people made their way to the water’s edge to offer tobacco to the Ottawa River, then proceeded past the Museum of Civilization to the Alexander Bridge.
For the sixth year, following the Seed Exchange, we started our heritage seeds on racks in our south facing windows. The daily ritual of watering and spraying begins. Everyone at Debaj pays close attention as the racks go up in from of the windows to give the seeds all the best conditions to sprout. There are a few basic principals we reaffirm when we start our seeds. The first is to use what is around us to give our seeds their best opportunity to thrive. This means utilizing the compost, finding maple soil and bartering for manure. It also means that our students and interns must apply their natural creative process, to solving simple practical problems, with the materials and supplies on hand, or they must negotiate through the relationship base in the community, to get the resource they need.
One of the first outdoor programs and the most eagerly anticipated activity in late March - is harvesting maple sap. We made it through the winter and the feeling of a new year coming on mother earth, gives us strength and dreams of an abundant harvest.
We are surrounded by a symphony of the sound of the sap, drip, drip drop… drip drop dropping! Drop drip. Hundreds of musical notes naturally play throughout the sugar bush – as the sap hits the liquid in the pale below, in hundreds of pales all around us.
Every Friday at exactly 11:00 am, on the main street of a bucolic village by the bay, you can hear the chains rattling as a 7 meter wide garage door slowly begins to open, rising up and revealing to bystanders and the world at large ... (Fill in the blank with your 7 minutes of performance expertise) ... and at exactly 11:07 am, just as suddenly and without hesitation, the garage door begins to lower back down. There is no stopping it. And once again, that mysterious creative energy is contained in the black box studio, only to re-emerge a week later, at the exact same time, in a different form.
In our third year of presenting The Seven Minute Side Show, we are extending an invitation to participate to all performance based artists in Northern Ontario. In our first two seasons, the public has been treated to exceptional performances, from the classical to the avant-garde. This is an opportunity for artists to experiment, try new ideas in front of an unsuspecting public, collaborate to explore and evolve hybrid arts practices, or to just be insanely spectacular and entertaining all round. Most successful performances step out of the studio and into the street among the public.
The Seven Minute Side Show takes place each Friday beginning July 3rd, at 11:00 am at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre, 43 Queen Street, Manitowaning, Manitoulin Island. The door that opens is the Larry E Lewis black box studio.
Debajehmujig Storytellers will provide the successful artists with: - Rehearsal space (starting on the Monday of your week) - Access to prop shop and wardrobe shop - Access to lighting, sound, and standard set elements such as risers - Professional technical and artistic support in all areas as required/requested - A healthy and delicious lunch on days that you are working/rehearsing at the centre - A $500 honourarium
You will provide Debajehmujig with: - 7 minutes of professional creative expression suitable for a diverse family audience - Permission to professionally record your performance with a multi-camera set up, edit, package and post in on our YouTube channel as part of our new Seven Minute Side Show Series.
Your performance can be solo or with as many other artists as you like. We are happy to feed all of them lunch but there is still only one $500 honourarium provided
To Apply, please send us: 1 - Maximum 1 page description of proposed performance activity 2 - Maximum 1 page biographical summary of your artistic background and your connection to Northern Ontario 3 - Type of Technical and/or Artistic support you anticipate requiring 4 - Number of performing artists 5 - Preferred Friday in July/August 2015
Please email your performance proposal for The Seven Minute Sideshow to: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject line: 7 MIN PROPOSAL Deadline to submit: June 22, 2015 Selection committee results emailed by 12:00 noon on Wed June 24, 2015
The Canada Council for the Arts supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an Operating Grant from the Theatre Section. The Canada Council is also supporting the professional and strategic development of multi-disciplinary practice through the Integrated Arts Program
The Ontario Arts Council supports the professional programs and activities of Debajehmujig - Storytellers through an operating grant from the Theatre Section. The Ontario Arts Council also supports the development of the 6’ Festival through the Aboriginal Arts Project Program, as well as the long term self sustainability through the Ontario Arts Investment Fund
The Department of Canadian Heritage through the Canada Arts Training Fund has provided ongoing support for the professional training of Canadian Artists who are enrolled in the National Aboriginal Arts Animator Program at Debajehmujig - Storytellers
The Ontario Trillium Foundation - Province Wide Program - is supporting the groundwork, development and networking for a new multi-disciplinary community based regional festival series called ‘Cyclone’