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Elapultiek back on stage (and by fire)

Two Planks and a Passion Theatre Company opens its tour of  Elapultiek by shalan joudry with two performance by fire today and Sunday at Ross Creek at 7:30 p.m. Read last year’s  review at https://nsreviews.blog/2018/09/06/elapultiek-lovely-fireside-journey-into-a-mikmaw-perspective-on-the-world.

Two Planks and a Passion Theatre brings back shalan joudry’s popular 2018 play Elapultiek, a 75-minute tale of healing between cultures and on the land.

Tonight and Sunday the play is performed around a blazing camp fire at Ross Creek before it goes on an indoor tour including public performances at King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal, Oct. 6;  Bauer Theatre, Festival Antigonish, Oct. 10; Bear River First Nation,  Oct. 17,  and the Osprey Centre, Shelburne, Nov. 2.

Elapultiek (ehl-ah-bool-dee-egg) —  “we are looking towards” —  is about a young Mi’kmaw biologist and drum singer named Nat (joudry) and a Euro-Nova Scotian biologist named Bill (Matthew Lumley)  who meet at dusk each day to count a population of endangered Chimney Swifts.

As their relationship deepens over time, they struggle with their different views of the world. Each ‘count night’ goes deeper into connections to land, history and ecology and to personal reconciliation.

“We are thrilled to bring shalan’s play to a broader audience. The response to our first production in 2018 was overwhelmingly positive —  the play has been so important to so many people, and it is clear that we need to bring this story to as many Nova Scotians as possible,” artistic director Ken Schwartz and the play’s director says in a news release.

shalan joudry is an oral storyteller, hand-drum singer and poet from the traditional district of Kespukwitk (southwest Nova Scotia). Following years of raising children, performing, writing and ecology work, she now lives and works in her community of Bear River. Schwartz believes this is the first full-length play by a Mi’kmaw writer commissioned by a Nova Scotia company.

This Sunday, 1-4 p.m., at Ross is a celebration of Mi’kmaw culture and food and contemporary art and art activities inspired by Indigenous artists. Learn Indigenous games and see a storytelling and dance sharing by Trevor Gould.

Beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Lindsay Dobbin presents an immersive installation of sound, poetry, and video, inspired by the Bay of Fundy tides, in a solo exhibition at the Ross Creek Gallery.  Dobbin is a Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) – Acadian – Irish water protector, artist, musician, curator and educator who lives and works on the Bay of Fundy in Mi’kma’ki.

Since Two Planks and a Passion’s first outdoor season at Ross Creek in 2007, the company has been nominated for 99 Merritt Awards for excellence in professional theatre in Nova Scotia, winning 30 times.  This tour includes performances at schools, universities, community centres and performing arts centres around Nova Scotia. For more information go to: Further public performances will be announced at www.twoplanks.ca.




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