May 12 - May 29, 2016
Thursday to Saturday at 7:30pm; Sunday at 2pm
Material Witness is "rowdy and playful, displaying an enormous sense of energy, strength and good will. Yet its subject is dead serious: the physical abuse of indigenous women in the United States and Canada."
~ Anita Gates, The New York Times
In association with Spiderwoman Theater & Aanmitaagzi
A Loose Change Production by Spiderwoman Theater
Directed by Muriel Miguel
Written by Cherish Violet Blood, Penny Couchie, Donna Couteau,
Angela Loft, Gloria Miguel and Tanis Parenteau
with Muriel Miguel
Material Witness is part of La MaMa's Safe Harbors Indigenous Arts / Theatre Collective
In Material Witness, Spiderwoman Theater, regarded as one the most influential Native theatre companies “in the history of the country” (Oskar Eustis, Public Theater), turns their “story-weaving” dance-theatre to issues of violence against women in Indigenous communities. Weaving together the real-life experiences of a multigenerational cast that also includes Native actors from Canada, the collaborative piece celebrates courage and generates healing. Stalwarts of the downtown performance scene, Spiderwoman, cited for their "rollicking humor" by The New York Times, are marking their 40th anniversary.
Post Show Discussions
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Sunday, May 15
“Have You Seen Her? Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women”
Moderated by Mary Kathryn Nagle (Playwright / Attorney)
Noel Altaha: Graduate student, Columbia University School of Social Work/raising awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women through blogging, academic research, and poetry
Murielle Borst-Tarrant: Playwright, Director, Producer
Penny Couchie: Co Director of Aanmitaagzi, Material Witness cast member
Maria Hupfield: Artist / Walking with our Sisters
Sunday, May 22
Panelists discuss Trafficking of Women and Girls
Friday, May 27
Panelists discuss Women in Refugee Camps
"rollicking humor...a powerful link to history"
-The New York Times
"an example of what theater should be: challenging artistic work that raises relevant questions...concretely important art"
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