Reit Mellink and Dennis Van Tillberg, artists from Holland co lead a creation workshop for Debajehmujig staff animators in soundscape and audio track creation and production for live performance. Dennis is a composer, using recorded environmental sound loops, created instruments that mimic sounds in the natural environment, wind harps, steel drums, bells, string instruments, drums, flutes, pipes and more.
We recently hosted guests from Citizens Theatre, Glasgow Scotland for 2 weeks to continue plans and developments towards our much anticipated collaboration for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Elly Goodman and Neil Packham are part of a team at Citizens’ Learning that includes Guy Hollands (Associate Director) Martin Travers (Producer) Louise Brown (Creative Learning Officer) and Angela Smith (Education Officer).
Attendees at a virtual performance of the Menaka Thakkar Dance Company at Harbourfront sit entranced by the live-streamed performance projected on the big screen at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre in Manitowaning.
On Good Friday we performed our annual interpretation of The Passion of Jesus Christ for the Holy Cross Parish of Wikwemikong. This parish was established by the Jesuits over 165 years ago, and continues to play an important role in the spiritual life of the community.
What does a quiet little town under the sleepy spell of winter need? Some magic! For the first time, we hosted an award winning Ontario based illusionist at the Debajehmujig Creation Centre – Neil Croswell Magic.
The holiday cabaret at Debajehmujig Storytellers is a consistent part of the rhythm of our year. Typically, we have a show at the ruins in the summer. In the fall, we now host The 6 Foot Festival; Land Art Food. Since 1995, December is the time of the Holiday Cabaret. I love doing it. I think we all love doing it. It has historically within the organization been a time to honor and showcase individual artists. It is a chance for us to sing together, eat together, laugh together, and listen together (but mostly eat).
A great big thank-you to everyone who came out to The 6 Foot Festival 2012; Land Art Food where our theme was Starting From Seed! This festival exhibits all the work created in the previous year for The 6 Foot Project which invites participants to identify a 6’ x 6’ x 6’ plot and make art from, on or inspired by that plot. The project is open to all nations, disciplines, ages and occupations. In addition, the festival serves as a convergence point for discussion and exploration of land use, food security, and artistic practice. In 2012 we celebrated the third consecutive year of the festival!
Debajehmujig’s summer production of “The Three Phases of Kwe” proved to be a success with audiences that raved about the content, production and performances from these three powerful women.
Two veteran actresses, Elisha Sidlar and Jessica Wilde Peltier along with newly graduated intern Sarina Merling all put their own personal experiences and stories out there on the stage for the world to see.
The third annual WildER Med Conference was hosted at Debajehmujig Creation Centre and at a 100 acre bush lot on the Bidwell Rd. This unique medical education and humanities partnership brings together the Manitoulin Family Health Team, The Northern Ontario Medical School and Debajehmujig Storytellers. They work together to develop site specific scenarios, brought to life by the animators in the bush. The animators generate characters and relationships that form the back story of their current location, situation and wound.