Dream­ing big

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT -

A gi­ant na­tional dream­catcher hangs from the ceil­ing high above the floor in Memo­rial Hall at the Con­fed­er­a­tion Cen­tre of the Arts in Char­lot­te­town. Mi’kmaq artist Nick Huard built the mas­sive piece that in­cludes one large dream­catcher for each prov­ince and ter­ri­tory and all of the dream­catch­ers made by the youth in The Dream Catch­ers arts work­shops. The fi­nal piece, com­prised of over 200 dream­catch­ers, is open to view­ing by the pub­lic. Indige­nous peo­ple hang a dream­catcher above their bed to sift their dreams and vi­sions. The good is cap­tured in the web of life and car­ried with the peo­ple, but the evil in their dreams drops through the hole in the cen­tre of the web and is no longer a part of their lives.

The play­ers: The 2017 Con­fed­er­a­tion Young Com­pany cast mem­bers for “The Dream Catch­ers” are Aa­siva Nakashuk, Clarence (CJ) Jura, Erin LeBlanc, Ger­maine Konji, Kait­lyn Post, Kirk­land Do­iron, Madi­son Bernard, Rachelle Block, Ro­han Dhu­par, Alita Pow­ell, Danik McAfee, Faly Me­va­manana, Jerry Laisa, Kevin McLach­lan, Kira Fondse, Morgyn Davies, Randy Plain Ea­gle, Stephen Thakkar, Christopher Me­jaki, Emily Mead­ows, Gar­rett Woods, Josh Graetz, Kiera-Dawn Kol­son, Laura Coul­ter-Low, Na­dia Had­dad, and Ria Ka­pur.

Cre­ative force: Mary Fran­cis Moore – writer, work­shop fa­cil­i­ta­tor; Ah­dri Zhina Madiela – di­rec­tor; Bar­bara Kan­er­a­tonni Di­abo – chore­og­ra­pher.

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