Quebecoise and Wolastoq (Maliseet) artist Ivanie Aubin-Malo presents a dance workshop drawn from her experiences in powwow circles and in connecting with other wolastoqiyik communities. Together with Aubin-Malo, participants will take part in a warm-up routine incorporating techniques from powwow dance, followed by various movement exercises inspired by Wolastoqey language and cultural elements. This workshop promotes the revitalisation of Wolastoqey culture and offers participants the opportunity to learn about the richness and vitality of Indigenous cultures while on the territory that gave birth to them.
How to prepare: we recommend that participants arrive wearing comfortable clothing and shoes and bring a water bottle for personal use.
The recommended age for this workshop is 8 years and older. If registration for the program is at capacity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the waitlist.
Yaliyat cocahq is co-presented by the Toronto Biennial of Art and Oakville Galleries on the occasion of their respective projects, TBA 2022 and the exhibition My mind is with the weather by Tanya Lukin Linklater.
Photo by Magdalena Marszalek.
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Wolastoq and Quebecois dancer, choreographer and curator Ivanie Aubin-Malo invests herself in projects that reflect on ecology and human ethics regarding our environment. She has also danced Fancy Shawl, a powwow style, since 2015, connecting with the spirit of transformation and celebrating women’s audacity. Her artistic research as a creator aims to shed light on the beauty of the Wolastoqey language and its relation to the land and the body. Ivanie additionally contributes to connecting Indigenous movement-based artists in order to break isolation, cultivate inspiration, facilitate knowledge sharing, and encourage certain experimental collaborations. With this intention, she has helped spark recurring events in and around Montreal/Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang: MAQAHATINE (Tangente and l’Agora de la danse, 2020-2022, Tangente 2023-2025); OHAKWARONT (CCOV, 2022-) and Nikak Tagocniok (Théâtre Gilles-Vigneault, 2023-). As a dancer, she regularly collaborates with Tanya Lukin Linklater and has worked with k.g Guttman, Andreane Leclerc, Corpuscule Danse, Lara Kramer and Alexandre Morin, amongst others. Alongside Natasha Kanapé-Fontaine, she is currently co-creating a performance on wolastoqiyik and Innuat giants and oral stories. Recently based in L’Islet (QC), Ivanie plans to open a Wolastoqey Cultural Center where culture can be celebrated and revitalized in the area while connecting with others.