Performance as Medicine: Indigenous Performance Art Symposium

The community is invited to attend the Performance as Medicine: Indigenous Performance Art Symposium on Saturday, November 25 from 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. hosted at the Royal BC Museum. Developed by City of Victoria Indigenous Artist in Residence Lindsay Delaronde, the one-day, interdisciplinary and inter-generational event will present and explore Indigenous philosophies and contemporary expressive art forms. View the event poster [PDF - 1.8 MB].

Registered Workshops
The Symposium will include workshops from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., followed by a free public performance and panel discussion from 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is required for the workshops. Tickets are $15 and are available for purchase through the Royal BC Museum. Register here.

 Facilitators will include:

  •  Jessica Sault of the Tseshaht First Nation, Nuu Chah Nulth, who works in her community to develop and teach Indigenous culture through workshops, literacy programs and school curriculum
  • Sarah Pocklington, a Cree Metis singer/songwriter/composer and a member of the award-winning Indigenous trio Asani
  • Bradley Dick, a traditional and contemporary artist of Lekwungen, Mamalilikulla, Ditidaht ancestry
  • Krystal Cook, a Kwakwaka’wakw woman from the ‘Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay, BC. Krystal is a mother, theatrical performer, poet, and facilitator at Healing through the Arts.

Free Art Performance
After the workshops, Lindsay Delaronde and Erynne Gilpin will perform Rage Flowers, a free, co-created performance in the Royal BC Museum at 3:30 p.m. The creative fusion of movement, sound vibrations, and sacred ceremony will convey the complex and interconnected relationship between First Nations, people, and government.

Free Panel Discussion
The Symposium will include a free panel discussion from 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the Museum. Moderated by Lucy Bell, head of the Royal BC Museum’s First Nations Department and Repatriation Program, the panel will feature Erynne Gilpin, a performance artist with a PhD in women’s leadership in land-based governance and Indigenous healing methodologies, France Trépanier, a visual artist, curator and researcher, and Lindsay Delaronde, a professional multi-disciplinary visual artist. 

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