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Creating Indigenous Dramaturgy: Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way (Monique Mojica and Artists, Canada/US/Panama)

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Creating Indigenous Dramaturgy: Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way (Monique Mojica and Artists, Canada/US/Panama)

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Start:
Jun 21, 2010
End:
Jun 21, 2010
Cost:
Free
Venue:
Segal Theater
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Join the Chocolate Woman Collective of native theatre artists from Canada, the U.S. and Panama in their quest for a theatrical language that connects with pre-contact expressive culture of the Americas. Noted artists Monique Mojica and Gloria Miguel (of Spiderwoman Theater), with Dr. Jill Carter, will discuss and share excerpts from Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way, a work-in-progress developed from years of field research and experimentation in Native Performance Culture and inspired by Kuna molas (textiles) and pictographs. A unique opportunity to meet these intriguing artists.

Research support for Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way was funded in part by the National Museum of the American Indian, Expressive Culture Award 2009.

Monique Mojica (Kuna & Rappahannock) is the Chocolate Woman Collective’s playwright, performer, and lead artist and the catalyst for the exploration of devising a dramaturgy specific to Kuna cultural aesthetics, story narrative and literary structure. She is a long-time collaborator with Floyd Favel on various research and performance projects investigating Native Performance Culture. She is a co-founder of Turtle Gals Performance Ensemble with whom she co-created The Scrubbing Project and The Triple Truth. Monique was last seen in the role of Caesar in Death of a Chief, Native Earth’s critically acclaimed adaptation of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar (Native Earth/NAC). She continues to explore art as healing, as an act of reclaiming historical/cultural memory and as an act of resistance.

Floyd Favel Starr directing Gloria Miguel Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way Photos courtesy of Monique Mojica

Floyd Favel Starr directing Gloria Miguel
Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way
Photos courtesy of Monique Mojica

Floyd Favel Starr (Plains Cree) is the director of Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way. Floyd is a theatre and dance (contemporary and native traditional) director, performer, writer and teacher. He studied theatre in Denmark at the Tukak Teatret, a school for Greenlandic Inuit and Scandinavian Sami, and at the Centro per la Sperimentazione e la Ricerca Teatrale in Italy with Jerzy Grotowski. He has travelled widely in his search for intercultural collaborations, including Russia, Australia, the United States and Japan where he was a guest and observer at the Suzuki Company of Toga. He has directed for such companies as; The Citadel Theatre, 25th Street Theatre, Fujiwara Dance Inventions, Gwandaak Theatre Adventures and Nakai Theatre, Native Earth Performing Arts, Centre for Indigenous Theatre. His articles, essays and dramas have been published by The Canadian Theatre Review, Playwrights Canada Press, Klewer Publishers (Netherlands), Coteau Books, Theatre Pascale Antonioni, alt theatre in Montreal, Isuma Publishers, and Native People (Arizona). Floyd Favel and Monique Mojica have a twenty-year creative partnership collaborating on laboratories, investigations and productions in Native Performance Culture research.

Gloria Miguel Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way Photo courtesy of Monique Mojica

Gloria Miguel
Chocolate Woman Dreams the Milky Way
Photo courtesy of Monique Mojica

Gloria Miguel (Kuna & Rappahannock) is Chocolate Woman’s Elder/master actor. Gloria Miguel studied drama at Oberlin College, Ohio and is a founding member of Spiderwoman Theater. She has worked extensively in film and television. She toured the United States in Grandma, a one woman show, toured Canada as Pelaija Patchnose in the original Native Earth production of Tomson Highway’s The Rez Sisters and performed in Native Earth’s Son of Ayash in Toronto. She performed as Coyote/Vitalinc in Jessica, a Northern Lights Production in Edmonton, Canada and was nominated for a Sterling Award for Best Supporting Actress. She has been a visiting Professor of Drama at Brandon University in Manitoba and drama teacher at the Eastern District YMCA in Brooklyn. She has a DFA honorary degree from Miami University in Oxford, OH where in 2007 she was honored along with other members of Spiderwoman at Honoring Spiderwoman Theater: Celebrating Native American Theater. She is a lifetime member at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York. In March 2006, she appeared in the Spanish film Caotica Ana in Madrid, Spain.

6:30 p.m., Monday, June 21, 2010
Martin E. Segal Theatre. Free!

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