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Weesageechak Begins to Dance 29

Native Earth Performing Arts proudly partners with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre to present the inaugural 2-Spirit Cabaret on Friday November 11th, 2016 at Buddies’ Cabaret space.

Hosted by poet and activist Gwen Benaway (Anishinaabe/Tsagli/Métis), the 2-Spirit Cabaret features performances and spoken word by 2-Spirit, Queer and Trans-identified Indigenous artists from across Canada and around the world.

This unique event will showcase artists from across Canada and around the world, including Australia’s Miss Ellaneous (Muran and Malak Malak Clans) in her show-stopping drag performance Miss Ellaneous direct from the Land Down Under!; San Francisco’s Landa Lakes (Chickasaw), who explores the ancient world of Southeastern Tribal origin stories with Pintishkannovt nantahaat katihmi (“What Happened to Little Mouse?”); and Halifax-based Anishnawbek artist Raven Davis, reconstructing the concept of gender normality in traditional regalia in their performance piece Switch Dance Reconstruction.

The 2-Spirit Cabaret is part of Native Earth’s 29th annual festival of Indigenous works, Weesageechak Begins to Dance. Making their return to the festival are Smith Purdy (Mi'Kmaq/Scotch-Irish), Michaela Washburn (Métis) and Cherish Violet Blood (Blackfoot). Purdy will offer audiences underground knowledge of the Mi’Kmaq clan system in Calling M'sit Nokmaq, while Washburn and Blood share their unique and intimate experiences coming out as queer, Indigenous women in their respective works, Dragmouse Presents... and STATIC.

Finally, DJ Ariel (Blackfoot/Cree/Anishnaabe) closes the night with a dance party fit for a king, queen and anyone in between! All are welcome at this eclectic and energetic evening showcasing an array of talented emerging and established artists.

Tickets to the 2-Spirit Cabaret include access to the screening of an imagineNATIVE film at 7:30 pm on the same day in Aki Studio. For more information on this and other Weesageechak 29 programming, visit nativeearth.ca. The 2-Spirit Cabaret is sponsored by PrideTO and the TD Bank Group.

For information on times and tickets, visit our website.

Posted by: Native Earth Performing Arts, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre
For more information: http://www.nativeearth.ca/2spiritcabaret

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