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TLAKENTLI – SPOTLIGHT “Special Presentation” Odinnok Productions



  Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

Address: 3800 33 St

City/Town: Vernon

State/County: Canada

Region: North Okanagan

Country: CA

  Event Date & Time

Start: January 30, 2020, 7:30 pm

End: January 30, 2020, 10:30 pm


Date(s) - 30/01/2020
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre


TLAKENTLI – SPOTLIGHT “Special Presentation”
Odinnok Productions
Thursday, January 30, 2020 — 7:30pm
Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre

Tickets available through Ticket Seller at 250-549-SHOW (7469) or www.ticketseller.ca

Discounts available for SPOTLIGHT Subscribers, M2M & VNC members, registered Grade 8-12 program & members of the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society




The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society proudly presents Ondinnok Productions’ performance of TLAKENTLI at the Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre on Thursday, January 30 at 7:30pm. By special arrangement, this performance has been added to the Society’s 2019-20 SPOTLIGHT Season’s “Special Presentations” series.

Pronounced “T-la-KENT-lee”, this one-hour piece successfully merges dance and theatre, as two Indigenous artists from Mexico, of Nahua and Mixteco descent, share with us their quest for identity by drawing on their cultures and the history of their ancestors. The duo present scenes of their metamorphoses through time, revealing the upheavals and constantly driven by the hope of finding themselves.

Languages and myths propel this inevitable voyage that re-draws borders and casts off the hides adopted both freely and forcibly. Revealing that which unites us and that which tears us away from each other and ourselves, TLAKENTLI considers the issue of identity in relation to migrations and explores the myth of our original elegance.

TLAKENTLI, has been performed at Place des Art in Montreal and in Calgary at The Grand, in collaboration with Making Treaty 7. TLAKENTLI plays in Vernon at the Performing Arts Centre for one night only on Thursday, January 30 before travelling to the Talking Stick Festival in Vancouver.

TLAKENTLI shares with us the deep rooted historical stories that have survived the many generations who hold the culture closely. This story highlights the importance of resilience and celebrates the resistance that many indigenous cultures face around the world with colonial suppression. This piece of work is not only educational but extremely brilliant in merging the world of dance, theatre, culture, and language, ” says Justin Many Fingers, Making Treaty 7’s Artistic Director.

(READ more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/calgary/article/The-Making-Treaty-7-Cultural-Society-Presents-TLAKENTLI-20200106).

Artist Director Erin Kennedy adds, “I saw Carlos Rivera’s brilliant performance of the Horse in Red Sky Performance’s ‘Mistatim’ a few years back and have been a big fan of his work. When I heard that he had co-created and is performing in ‘Tlakentli’ I jumped at the chance to bring him back to our community.” Red Sky Performance brought the mesmerizing and awe-inspiring SPOTLIGHT Dance performance of TRACE to the Performing Arts Centre earlier this Fall.

Ondinnok Productions situates its artistic approach “within the broad movement of cultural reconstruction that is driving the First Peoples of the Americas. De-colonization and “re-indigenization”: these two principles shape the creative process of the artists behind the dance-theatre production of TLAKENTLI; To regain the migratory energy and kinship that unites Indigenous nations from North to South; To regain their native language; Free themselves from the chains of colonization; Honour the host land.”

Tickets for TLAKENTLI are $30 for Adults, $27 for Seniors and $25 for Students and on sale now through the Ticketseller Box Office by calling 549-SHOW (7469) or go online to www.ticketseller.ca for the preview video, tickets and more information.

The Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre Society wishes to thank the following SPOTLIGHT Sponsors for their generous support:

Vernon Morning Star
Okanagan Advertiser
Sandman Inn and Suites
Department of Canadian Heritage
BC Touring Council
Regional District of North Okanagan