Open to adults and older youth of all experiences, backgrounds, and abilities, the activity begins with a presentation of the Treaty text and images from the previous workshop, along with the poetry from the Before All Else: Place and Relationship activity pack. In small teams, these texts are collaboratively disassembled and reassembled as short spoken and/or musical performances. Invited artists and musicians join the creative process, encouraging participants to co-create, culminating in a site-specific performance piece that takes place across the Small Arms site.
Image Credit: Jumblies Theatre & Arts, Talking Treaties, 2018. Courtesy Jumblies Theatre & Arts and Liam Coo.
Alejandra Nuñez (born in Santiago, Chile; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is a vocalist, percussionist, composer, and mother to Natalia and Mathew. Nuñez has lived and worked as a musician in Canada and the United States, and performed in Europe, as well as throughout North and Central America. Her training on percussion has taken her to Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, New York, and Egypt.
Jill Carter (Anishinaabe/Ashkenazi) is an avid theatre practitioner who has worked as a performer, director, dramaturg, and instructor. Carter is a graduate of the Graduate Centre for Study of Drama at the University of Toronto, where she completed her PhD. Her dissertation is focussed upon the Spiderwoman Process of Storyweaving and its development within Spiderwoman Theater. Carter currently teaches in the Aboriginal Studies Department and the Transitional Year Programme at the University of Toronto.
Jumblies Theatre & Arts (founded in 2001; based in Toronto, ON, Canada) is an organization with international reach that collaborates with professional artists and diverse communities to create transient utopias and far-reaching ripples. Ange Loft (Kahnawake Mohawk, born in Kahnawake, QC, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is Associate Artistic Director of Jumblies and an interdisciplinary performing artist and initiator practising in Toronto. She is also a vocalist with Yamantaka//Sonic Titan. Her collaborations use arts-based research, wearable sculpture, and theatrical story-weaving to facilitate workshops and theatrical spectacle. Loft created the “Toronto Indigenous Context Brief” for the Toronto Biennial of Art’s Advisory Council.