In Anishnaabemowin, Okinum means dam. In deciphering a recurring dream about beavers, Émilie Monnet discovers how to break down interior barriers, to trust in the power of intuition, and to deconstruct cultural walls. A circular and immersive experience that interweaves three languages — English, French and Anishnaabemowin — Okinum is an ode to reclaiming language and reconnecting to one’s ancestors.
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News & Reviews
“A vast healing ritual, it’s impossible not to be moved.” — Le Devoir
“Extraordinarily relevant.” — Le Délit
“Okinum speaks of the importance of transmission to the new generation, but also openness to others.” — Mon Theatre
About the Author
At the intersection of theatre, performance and sound art, Émilie Monnet‘s practice is centred on themes of memory and transformation and is often produced through a collaborative process. Frequently involving knowledge keepers, the artistic processes rely on an approach characterized by being present, listening and caring for what surrounds us. Monnet is a writer, performer, and director, and her work takes the form of interdisciplinary theatre, performance installations and immersive sound experiences. She is both Algonquin and French and grew up in the Outaouais, Quebec and Brittany, France. Okinum is her first written play.