Ode'min Giizis Festival

Ode'min Giizis Festival

May 25, 2011 11:48 ET

Ode'min Giizis 2011: Art + Sport; Honouring the Traditional Game of Lacrosse

Three outstanding cultural events highlight the intersection of art and sport

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 25, 2011) - With the Major Series Lacrosse (MSL) season kicking off - and the Peterborough Lakers' 2010 Mann Cup championship still fresh on residence's minds – lacrosse fever will soon descend on Peterborough. To help celebrate the start of the MLS season, the Ode'min Giizis festival is presenting two performances of a unique dance work called The Creator's Game, and hosting The Iroquois Lacrosse Program, a day-long clinic for youth to learn lacrosse skills and the cultural origins of the game.

As part of this year's Ode'min Giizis festival, in a three way co-production, Peterborough's Public Energy, the O'Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective and the internationally acclaimed Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Artistic Director Santee Smith has created The Creator's Game, a celebratory work of contemporary dance combining choreography rooted in Haudenesaune (Iroquois) culture with the athletic prowess of lacrosse. A company of professional dancers and community lacrosse players perform this new work, with an original score by two-time Juno award winner Derek Miller.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will perform The Creator's Game twice at the festival. A 10 minute excerpt will be performed Thursday June 16that 7:45pm at the Peterborough Memorial Centre just before the Lakers' game against the Brooklin Redmen. Tickets are $16.50 available through the Memorial Centre box office. While the full 20 minute presentation will be presented Saturday, June 18that 3pm at Del Crary Park as part of the Ode'min Giizis Traditional Gathering. Admission is free.

On Sunday June 19th, members of the Iroquois National Team & Peterborough Lakers will engage youth though the Iroquois Lacrosse program. Cam Bomberry, Kevin Sandy and other international level lacrosse players from Six Nations and Peterborough will lead a day-long lacrosse clinic at Thomas A. Stewart School. Boys and girls ages 6- 16 will receive teaching both in the classroom and on the field. Understand the true origins of lacrosse; participate in skills, drills and interactive games; hear about the opportunities available in the fastest growing team sport in North America.

Registration fee is $10. To register, please call 705-745-1788 or email info@okw-arts.ca

For more on the festival, including a complete listing of events and opportunities to participate, call 705.745.1788 or visit us online at the Ode'min Giizis website.

Contact Information

  • Ode'min Giizis Festival
    Media Contact:
    Tara Williamson, Artistic Associate
    (705) 745-1788