PuSh Panel Goes Into New Territory

Touchstone collaborated with the PuSh Festival, Full Circle First Nations Performance and the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance to present a panel discussion in conjunction with our presentation of Night with PuSh. The discussion was looking to map the changing landscape of producing and presenting Aboriginal performing arts in Canada. Led by artist and curator Chris Creighton-Kelly, the event began with his contextualization of contemporary Aboriginal performing arts in Canada to this point. Panelist Margo Kane, Diane Roberts and Lori Marchand took the audience through their range of their experience – working in the community, in the margins of the professional arts scene, and in the mainstream. After discussion of the many obstacles facing Aboriginal artists and producers, the panel looked forward to some big ideas (a National Aboriginal Performing Arts Centre – why not!) and hopes for more integrated and authentic ways of partnering with a multiplicity of organizations. Amazing stories were shared by both panelists and audience members, and avenues for further discussion are being sought. Thanks to the really engaged group of audience members that joined us (on a lovely sunny Saturday morning) to be a part of this event.

Panelists Margo Kane, Diane Roberts and Lori Marchand

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