This Time Will Be Different
Denouncing the status quo so harmful to the Indigenous peoples of Canada, this installation-performance creates a decolonized space where generations come together to retake possession of their past and present.
An intergenerational ceremony to celebrate Indigenous beauty and survival. A broadside aimed at the Canadian government as it continues to perpetuate the status quo to the detriment of Indigenous peoples, this installation-performance by Lara Kramer and Émilie Monnet portrays their strength and resilience. A response to constantly broken promises.
A child rips up, one by one, the 600 pages of the report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, as his grandmother, the visual artist Glenna Matoush, a survivor of the residential school system, looks on. Red paint, glue, jingling coins. The two artists consulted other members of their community, listening as they told their heartrending stories. With the slowness of a collective ritual, This Time Will Be Different creates a space for dialogue and for listening. An offering of space where stories are not set pieces written in books, but are exchanges of gestures and actions, bodies and souls engaged in a healing process, a place where people come together.
Produced by Lara Kramer Danse + Onishka Productions
Artistic Direction and Conception Lara Kramer + Émilie Monnet
Performed by Jayden Blacksmith + Joy Blacksmith + Lara Kramer + Ruby Caldwell Kramer + Glenna Matoush + Émilie Monnet + Simon Riverain with the participiation of Ivanie Aubin Malo + Nakha Bertrand + Anik Sioui
Outside Eye Glenna Matoush
Sound Recording and Conception Lara Kramer + Émilie Monnet with the participation of Stéphane Claude + Travis West
Organ Stefan Christoff
Sound Spacialization and Technical Direction Frédéric Auger
Lighting Design Hugo Dalphond
Assistance à la direction technique Simon Riverain
Song Cree Honour Song by Women of Wabano
Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
Creative Residencies Studio 303 + MAI + Foundry Darling + CCOV
Presented in association with Monument-National
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
The Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ final report go.fta.ca/commission
Premiered at Festival TransAmériques, Montreal, on June 1, 2019
Lara Kramer (Montreal)
Lara Kramer Danse
Lara Kramer is a Montreal-based performer, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of Cree, Ojibwe and Mennonite heritage.
Her work has been presented across Canada and in Australia, and deals with the scars and aftermath of cultural genocide. After Fragments (2009), inspired by her mother’s stories about residential schools, and Native Girl Syndrome (2013), which focused on the internalization of trauma among First Nations women, in 2017 she presented at the FTA a twofold project: the performance Windigo and the installation piece Phantom Stills & Vibrations, which probed the repercussions of three generations of her family being forced to live in residential schools.
This Time Will Be Different is the first collaboration between Lara Kramer and Émilie Monnet. Integrating interviews conducted with other individuals in their community as well as their own voices, they create a performance combining many generations, giving voice to the forgotten, re-appropriating a history of colonization. Earlier versions have been presented at MAI then at OFFTA in 2017.
Émilie Monnet (Montreal)
Lara Kramer Danse
Born from an Anishinaabe mother and a French father, Émilie Monnet’s practice is at the intersection of theatre, performance and media arts, and centres on questions of identity, memory, history and transformation.
In 2011 she founded her company, Onishka, to create bridges between Indigenous artists and communities around the world. In 2016 she founded Indigenous Contemporary Scene, a platform for the presentation of live arts by Indigenous artists as well as for critical conversations that are Indigenous-led. The first Indigenous Creators Exchange was presented at FTA in 2018. Artist in residence at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, in 2018 she presented Okinum, an immersive theatrical experience that employs circular, spellbinding staging.