Performance and Indigeneity

Conveners: Helen Gilbert, Julieta Paredes, Muriel Miguel, Petrona de la Cruz, Skawennati, Amalia Córdova

An in-depth discussion on indigenous performance, with a focus on artists and activists from Mexico, Canada, Brazil and Bolivia.


Helen Gilbert is Professor of Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London where she leads a transnational project on indigeneity and performance in the contemporary world. Books include Performance and Cosmopolitics; Sightlines: Race, Gender and Nation in Contemporary Australian Theatre; Postcolonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics.

Julieta Paredes Carvajal (Bolivia) is an Aymara lesbian and communitarian feminist. She is a founding member of Mujeres Creando, Mujeres Creando Comunidad and the Assembly of Communitarian Feminism. She is a writer, singer and anti-patriarchal poet.

Muriel Miguel is a director, choreographer, playwright, actor and educator. She has directed almost all of Spiderwoman’s shows since their debut in 1976, in which time, they have written and produced over twenty original works for the theatre. She is a pioneer in the development of a culture–based methodology for the training of Indigenous theatre students and is an instructor of Indigenous Performance at the Centre for Indigenous Theatre (CIT) full time program in Toronto.

Petrona de la Cruz is co-founder of Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya with Isabel Juárez Espinosa. She has achieved international recognition for her work. Her play, Una mujer desesperada was produced in 1993 in San Cristóbal as part of International Women’s Day and has been published in Holy Terrors: Latin American Women Perform (Duke University, 2003).

Skawennati is an artist whose work addresses history, the future, and change. Based in Montreal, she co-directs Aboriginal Territories in Cyberspace, a research network that encourages Indigenous virtual spaces, as well as their Skins digital storytelling workshops. She is a board member at Galerie Oboro artist-run centre.

Additional Info

  • Encuentro Location (Montréal): Concordia University, John Molson School of Business
  • Date: June 23, 2014