ORIGINS FESTIVAL: THE NDN WAY

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Brian Solomon started his path to dancing in the tiny Ontario town Killarney, or Shebahononing as the indigenous Anishanaabe call it. Brian's Irish and Anishanaabe heritage have informed an inspirational and deeply spiritual style of dance that has won him critical acclaim at The School of Toronto Dance Theatre; where he studied, and also across the globe wherever he performs.
 
In 1974, a budding artist created her first CBC documentary after finding inspiration in the synthesis of the Cree world views by Ron Evans. The Cree are one of the largest First Nations in Canada and North America. Inspired by the same original recording of the Cree storyteller, THE NDN WAY is a remarkable piece of dance theatre that stars Brian Solomon. It re-imagines, remixes and interprets Cree philosophies about medicine teachings, pipe ceremonies, sweat lodges and death in a highly theatrical, visual art-warp.
Between 11 - 23 June Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival celebrates the world’s First Nations, such as the Cree; in a two-week explosion of art, performance and debate. ORIGINS creates a unique opportunity to engage with Indigenous artists and activists at the cutting edge of cultural resistance, environmentalism and spiritual tradition. Working with some of the most significant cultural institutions in London, ORIGINS brings the world's Indigenous artists and cultures to the heart of the capital. 
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Between 11 - 23 June Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival celebrates the world’s First Nations in a two-week explosion of art, performance and debate. ORIGINS creates a unique opportunity to engage with Indigenous artists and activists at the cutting edge of cultural resistance, environmentalism and spiritual tradition. Working with some of the most significant cultural institutions in London, ORIGINS brings the world's Indigenous artists and cultures to the heart of the capital.

ELECTRIC MOOSE is the creative umbrella for the work of Brian Solomon. Solomon is of Anishinaabe and Irish descent, born in the remote community of Shebahonaning / Killarney, located in the Manitoulin district of northern Ontario, Canada. Solomon followed first in the tradition of visual art in the region – the surrounding lands are one of the birthplaces of eastern woodland art, and many contemporary artists are drawn here to practice. While working as a portrait artist in his teenage years in Sudbury Ontario, Solomon discovered theatre, traditional and contemporary dance. He moved to Toronto to train at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre, and later received a masters in performance from the Laban Centre (UK). Solomon then performed in dance and theatre for dozens of creators from across Canada, the US and Europe, earning several Dora and Gemini award nominations.
Recommended age TBC
The production is will run 1 hour, no interval
7:30pm Monday 17th June 2019
Tickets (All unreserved)

General Admission £15

Concession (under 26, over 60, unemployed, student)
£10

Location

The Playground Theatre
Latimer Rd London W10 6RQ

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