Tuesday, February 10, 2009

ORIGINS: First Nations Theater Brings Jicarilla Apache and Sami Playwrights Together

ORIGINS: First Nations Theater From Around the World was launched at the Australian High Commission in London in 2007. The mission of ORIGINS is simple--bring the best Indigenous theater to international audiences. The Inaugural season is set for May 4-17 in London and will feature Indigenous theater companies from Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US.

ORIGINS On The Road is part of the ORIGINS mission. ORIGINS On The Road brings Indigenous theatermakers to Indigenous and non-Indigenous theaters and communities around the world. In 2008, we toured Aboriginal Australian playwright David Milroy to the upper Midwest, including the University of Minnesota, the University of Kansas, Fort Berthold Community College (North Dakota), Sinte Gleska University, Oglala Lakota College, and Haskell Indian Nations University. Mr. Milroy founded Yirra Yaakin Noongar Theater, the first Aboriginal theater company in Australia and is known throughout Australia for his works, most notably Windmill Baby, which has been performed internationally as well as throughout Australia.

This year, ORIGINS On the Road will bring Jicarilla Apache playwright David Velarde to a Sami playwrights workshop in Norway under the auspices of the Beaivvas Sami Theatre. ORIGINS On the Road will also bring Sami playwright Harriet Nordlund to the upper Midwest. She is one of the founders of the Beaivvas Sami Theatre, the first Sami theater company in Scandinavia and is renowned for her work as a director, actor and playwright.

For more information, please contact
Dr Gordon Bronitsky
Executive Producer
ORIGINS: First Nations Theater From Around The World ORIGINS On the Road and President Bronitsky and Associates
+1 505 238 3739

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