Students will be led through a process called storyweaving, a theatrical technique used by Spiderwoman Theater to share our own stories, using gesture, voice, song, movement, and repetition. Yvette Nolan and Michelle Olson, both First Nations theatre artists, use this technique to create work to share stories from their Indigenous perspective. Together, students and artists will examine our personal connections to this land and to each other and weave them together to create a short theatre/movement piece that explores how we live together here in a good way.
Thank you to Osler School, Osler for hosting these broadcasts.
Yvette Nolan is a playwright, director and dramaturg who works all over Canada. Most recently, she directed Bearing for Signal Theatre, and co-directed Map of the Land, Map of the Stars with Michelle Olson for Gwaandak Theatre in Whitehorse, Yukon. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Her book Medicine Shows about Indigenous theatre in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015, and Performing Indigeneity, which she co-edited with Ric Knowles, in 2016. She is an Artistic Associate of Signal Theatre.
Michelle Olson is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation (Yukon) and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance. She studied dance at the University of New Mexico with Bill Evans (contemporary) and Andrew Garcia (Pueblo Social Dances), Banff Centre for the Arts in Aboriginal Dance under the direction of Marrie Mumford and Alejandro Roncerio and furthered her performance training with Full Circle First Nations as an Ensemble member under the direction of David MacMurray Smith and Margo Kane. Through her studies with the Laban/Bartenieff and Somatic Studies International, she received her certification in movement analysis. Michelle works in areas of dance, theatre and opera as a choreographer, performer and movement coach and her work has been seen on stages across Canada.