Event: SpiderWoman Theater – A Retrospective & Panel Discussion, Native Earth Performing Arts, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA), and Native Women in the Arts

Native Earth Performing Arts, Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA), and Native Women in the Arts present: SpiderWoman Theater – A Retrospective and Panel Discussion.

When: Saturday November 15th, 2014, 1pm-4pm.
Where: University of Toronto, Multi-Faith Centre, 569 Spadina Avenue. Main Activates Hall, Second Floor.

The two surviving founders of historic theatre company Spiderwoman Theater, which broke new ground and forged a path for Aboriginal theatre artists across Turtle Island, will be joined by their genealogical and aesthetic inheritors to reflect upon Spiderwoman Theater’s colourful journey across the world’s stages and to consider the development and evolution of Spiderwoman’s storyweaving process within the works of the generations of Aboriginal artists who walk the path they forged.

This retrospective and panel discussion will include Muriel Miguel and Gloria Miguel of Spiderwoman Theater, Murielle Borst-Tarrant (Playwright and Director), and Monique Mojica (Playwright and Performer). Additional guest-artists (TBA) are expected to join the panel discussion, which will be moderated by Jill Carter (University of Toronto, Aboriginal Studies).

Founded in 1976, Spiderwoman Theater has gone on to become the longest running Indigenous theatre company and the longest running feminist theatre company in the world. Founded by Muriel Miguel with her older sisters Gloria Miguel and the late Lisa Mayo, Spiderwoman Theater began as a multi-ethnic feminist collective that questioned gender roles, cultural stereotypes, and sexual and economic oppression. The troupe’s performative interventions on social and systemic manifestations of sexism, racism and classism were (and continue to be) crafted within the storyweaving process – a process of play-creation, dramaturgy and performance that has been authored by Muriel Miguel and developed within Spiderwoman Theater over the past 38 years.

This is event is FREE. All are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is made possible with the support of The Aboriginal Studies Program at the University of Toronto.

More information can be found here: http://www.nativeearth.ca/retrospective