by Paula Citron
Native Earth is Canada’s pre-eminent Aboriginal performing arts company. Its annual Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival presents a potpourri of plays and dance pieces by emerging and established artists. Although technically workshops, the performances are polished. Every evening is a different program, and no matter when you go, it’s bound to be interesting.
The opening night featured Margo Kane’s Confessions of an Indian Cowboy, her theatre song and dance homage to the Métis people. Kane is one of the veteran Aboriginal actors in the country, and her show demonstrates that experience.
She plays all the characters in her moving and funny portrait of a lost people. The angry granny is old enough to remember the buffalo. The mother was a beauty queen pow wow princess, and the young daughter is a tomboy. A trio of top musicians provide the cinematic soundscape.
Kane is utterly charming and her tribute is poignant.
Weesageechak continues until Sat.
From the Berkeley Street Theatre Upstairs, I’m Paula Citron, arts reviewer for The New CLASSICAL 96.3 FM.