What must we say? Ondinnok!
Founded in 1985 at the time of the creation of Porteur des peines du monde at the Festival de théâtre des Amériques, Ondinnok was the first francophone Aboriginal theatre company in Canada.
Three main routes of creation distinguish the company’s direction: Theatre of Myth, Theatre of Healing and Theatre of the 21st Century Aboriginal Experience. For thirty years our theatre productions have followed a path connected to the future of Aboriginal peoples, to their hopes and challenges.
More than just a producing theatre, Ondinnok also participates in the artistic development of its community. The company founded and directed an intensive Aboriginal theatre training program from 2002 to 2010 and has produced plays written and/or performed by emerging Aboriginal artists.
In 2013, Ondinnok began a program of activities of cultural mediation between organisations from its neighbourhood. The Rhizome Project took place from September 2014 until December 2015 with the women’s community organisation, La Marie Debout in the Montreal neighbourhood of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve. Catherine Joncas and Yves Sioui Durand regularly offered workshops in Theatre of Myth open to the general public.
In the month of May 2013 and 2015, Ondinnok presented two multi-disciplinary artistic events at the Maison de la culture Frontenac: An Aboriginal Spring of Art and An Aboriginal Spring of Art TWO. These exhibits of visual arts, dance, theatre, music and film as well as conferences and other events gave voice to indigenous artists.
To discover the first 20 years of the company, we invite you to watch the movie J’entends crier le ventre de la terre that brings together interviews, archival documents and excerpts from our productions.