Natasha Kanapé Fontaine

TSHISHIKUSHKUEU, d’après Bleuets et Abricots


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Within the Native Woman, isn’t there a force that cannot be dominated? She crosses centuries, continents, and reaches us today.

Natasha Kanapé Fontaine adapts her poetry collection Bleuets et Abricots for the stage. Tshishikushkueu, the Woman of Space, is released from silence and claims to reconnect with the Innu population. A process of reconstruction, a migration in a reconquest of oneself and the ancestral Innu culture of the artist. A unique ceremony, where the poem becomes the invocation drum on a stage inhabited by the performer and haunted by ancestors.

Duration : 75 minutes

Manifestation combining poetry, slam, singing, theater and performance, the artist brings together the main mediums by which she has been expressing herself for many years. Like several arrows for a single bow, she will stretch the thread of her inner song to call the female spirit of the Innu territory, Tshishikushkueu, in a world première at La Chapelle Scenes Contemporaines in Tio'tia: ke-Montreal.

In Haiti is told the tale of the taïno queen Anacaona of the island of Ayiti Kiskeya: a powerful figure, a warrior, a poet and a musician, who was hanged by the settlers in 1504. Five hundred years later, in 2012, thousands of Aboriginal women march in the streets in Canada. They embody the pan-Canadian movement Idle No More. By this imposing global emancipation of the colonial power, the memory is reborn, the stories and the rites return. They give back to the Aboriginal women their identity as pillars of the clan and the present.

Natasha Kanapé Fontaine is a poet. Originally from the Innu community of Pessamit, she travels through the continent and the world in a personal reconquest of history and indigenous identity. Performer, slammer, painter and actress, she explores relations between populations, the process of dialogue and tanning metaphorical consciences and mentalities, as skins are prepared for winter. Today, she seeks to draw a contemporary portrait of Innu thought, to spread it. In her travels of contemporary nomad she seeks to encourage the indigenous youth to dig up the past to rebuild their future by themselves.

Writer, director, producer and performer
  • Natasha Kanapé Fontaine
  • Natasha Kanapé Fontaine & Joséphine Bacon
Sound Design
  • Simon Riverain
Light Design
  • Tristan-Olivier Breiding
  • Philippe Sioui Durand & Daniel Brière
Set design
  • Natasha Kanapé Fontaine & Charles Koroneho
Production manager
  • Sylphir Charest
Assistant producer
  • Martine Labbé
Assistant director
  • Soleil Launière & Pascale Julio
Stage management
  • Laurent Forget & Simon Riverain
Translation to Innu-Aimun
  • Yvette Mollen
  • Productions Tshishikushkueu / Natasha Kanapé Fontaine