October 2020 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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BIG BANG Festival

NOMAD : Mushkiki Nibi

All ages

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Family programming Indigenous arts Music Dance Children Festival events

Tumbling, the water flows on stage...

Tumbling, the water flows on stage with the energy of Indigenous youth, a dancer-choreographer from the Algonquin First Nation and the soundtrack of a DJ-musician… That’s what happens when multidisciplinary artist and movement virtuoso Josée Bourgeois, her multi-talented accomplice, and a group of local children come together to create a unique performance.

Josée and her troupe draw us into the currents and the source of all life: from the sound produced by the first drop of water to the one we hear as babies in the womb. In music and rhythm, they celebrate this element we are made of and surrounded by; they embody this substance, constantly shifting and moving, that exists in multiple forms. This creation is also an opportunity to point out that not everyone on Turtle Island has access to this essential resource. The title of the performance means “medicine water” in Algonquin.

The NOMAD project proposes an encounter between a group of teenagers or children and a guest artist, who work together to develop a musical performance that’s presented as part of the BIG BANG program. Every edition of the festival, whether it takes place in Portugal, Greece, Belgium or Canada, includes a show based on this artistic concept. The young people who take part in the adventure are thus offered a space to express their creativity and share the richness of their cultural background.

Performance is approximately 30 minutes with no intermission.

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  • Created by Josée Bourgeois (Pikwakanagan), in collaboration with Rise Ashen
  • With Josée Bourgeois (Pikwakanagan) and young students from Pierre Elliott Trudeau Elementary School (Gatineau)
  • Produced by : Festival BIG BANG Ottawa