L’nuk in Halifax
L’nuk was developed by Jordan Bennett of the newly formed Qualipu First Nation in Newfoundland and Ursula A. Johnson of Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia. This piece was developed after a lengthy discussion about being a young Mi’kmaq in a contemporary society where pan-indianism is at the forefront of a majority of First Nations youths and young adults identity. This discussion occured after one of the lectures by the guestspeakers during a thematic residency program on Indigenous Language facilitated by, Mohawk Photographer, Greg Staats at the Banff Centre for the Arts.
The piece L’nuk resulted in an improvised motion activated dance with the materials that Bennett and Johnson sourced from the region that L’nuk was performed. L’nuk translates into “The People” in the Mi’kmaq Language.
L’nuk 2012 will be hosted by the Anna Leonowens Art Gallery at NSCAD University and opens on October 9th. The performance will begin promptly at 6:15pm and will repeat during the week at various times, leading up to Nocturne (Halifax’s Art at Night Festival) on October 13th, where the performance will have its final run from 6pm to midnight (non-stop).
A noon talk will be hosted in the gallery on October 16th, or what Jordan and I like to call “The De-brief”.
Come check it out!