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Théâtre Cercle Molière
340, boulevard Provencher, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 0G7
ARTICLE 11 and the Urban Indigenous present their co-production of:
Written and Directed by Tara Beagan
Performed by Cecil Mann-Nelson
Production Design by Andy Moro
UITC Artistic Director Columpa Bobb
Production Apprentice: Amy Sage Wood
This story is told through the eyes of Molly, a young girl awakening to a new reality forced upon her after a tragic encounter with a stranger. Both heartwarming and heartbreaking, In Spirit is a snapshot of the unspeakable violence faced by Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls as they are unwillingly transitioned from the world they know into the next. It is written, produced, directed and performed in honour of them and their loved ones.
It is with intention to provoke thought, conversation, pro-activity and the drive for solution. For these reasons and the subject matter itself we ask parents, caregivers, and teachers to use caution when deciding if it is suitable viewing for those in their charge. It is far from us to decide what others can handle or to limit access to The Arts. We have, however, agreed upon a suggested audience of 16 and over. We respectfully acknowledge that we are producing In Spirit Treaty 1 territory and home of the Métis Nation.
The project In Spirit is changing its admission to Pay-What-You-Will for every showing.
The work is a celebration of Columpa’s work with UITC to nurture emerging talent. By parallel, ARTICLE 11 is mandated to create apprenticeship positions on their productions for emerging Indigenous artists. Performer Cecil Mann-Nelson is an alumnus of the UITC training program, and formerly the Aboriginal Arts Program at MTYP when it was helmed by Columpa Bobb. Cecil has very recently debuted into a professional career, acting at the Fringe and in the tour of Jumping Mouse. When UITC and ARTICLE 11 committed to presenting this work here, it was with the intent of affording a 3 week rehearsal period — a minimum for even a seasoned performer to digest and interpret a work of this scale. Because the rehearsal process was recently reduced to a mere 2 weeks, we elected collectively to present In Spirit as a staged, designed reading, to best support the ongoing healthy emergence of young artistry. Throughout the process, Cecil has been supported by Amy Sage Wood with line and blocking prompts, and will continue to have this support as required. We are thrilled by the efforts of these two Indigenous youth living their dreams, on stage, for the wider world to see.
Your contribution by being here tonight supports the further work of fostering emerging Indigenous talent.
May 23-28: Nightly at 7:30pm
May 27-28 Matinees at 1:30pm
We hope to see you there.
LONG LIVE COMMUNITY! LONG LIVE ART!