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Penny Couchie’s Serpent People gathers, reflects, and expresses stories and imaginings about the human condition

If you were to look into your past, what would you discover? Would it help you to understand the place in which you now find yourself? What would you see, and how would you see yourself? In Serpent People, choreographer Penny Couchie and Aanmitaagzi artists ask these very questions in their interactive community-engaged live theatre performance. Grounded in historic Anishinaabe stories of the Black Sturgeon from Nipissing First Nation, as told by one of Aanmitaagzi’s founding artists, Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Serpent People gathers, reflects, and expresses stories and imaginings about the human condition. The serpent, a shape shifter and realm crosser, asks us to look at where are we? Where have we come from? Where are we heading? What threatens our well-being?”

In this collaboration, co-artistic director Penny Couchie, Aanmitaagzi artists, together with Muriel Miguel of Spiderwoman Theatre and Imelda Villalon bring their stories to life through collaborative installation, performance and art-making on June 15-17 at 8pm at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance in Regent Park, Toronto.

“Springing forth from the Nipissing Anishinaabe cultural mandate of a critical self, familial and nation reflection, Serpent People provides a platform to investigate what is on our hearts and minds as we prepare to continue forward,” says co-artistic director Penny Couchie.

“The project provides an engaging, meaningful and timely forum to investigate our past to chart our individual and collectively way forward. Serpent People is a timely relevant project providing both an individual and national forum for unpacking our history in relation to our present context.”

The show runs from June 15-17 at The Citadel: Ross Centre for Dance
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