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Talking Treaties

This mixed, participatory, communitary art show introduced to the colonialist history of Canada and the segregation of the native indigenous cultures. This is one of the few examples of projects that are sustainable over time, this company haves 10 years presenting the show, and going deeper into the participatory research, and the show is continuously evolving. It compiles a interdisciplinary spectrum of the arts such as theater, music, singing and the construction of the scenography elements and visual arts.

John Kenebutch, canadian indigenous was surprised about the show, he expected a traditional conference, with a specialist, and he found the performance very interactive.

Many of the attenders saw the show a few times, according to Deborah Barnt every time she learns something new.

I would empathize:

  1. The use of the space, a historical forte in between highways, that allowed to move in different scenarios and explore specific moments of history.

  2. Multidisciplinary experience, choral, theatre, dancing, visual arts, writing

  3. Continuously developing research, Mixing academia and community participation.

  4. Inclusivity of the performers, some of them did their part on wheelchairs.

Back to Costa Rica, art and research projects tend to be one time experience, one of the reasons is the funding.

It is normal to have some resistance from communities, they claim to be giving a lot of interviews and participate in projects without getting something back, and they tend to feel used.

Will be really useful to find out what are the keys for the project sustainability over time, this experience can lead to switch from short term projects to a long-term view.

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