Summer Reel: Tshishikushkueu (Femme de l’Espace) by Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur

Tshishikushkueu is the second film in the series In Tandem, a digital project by Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur. Directed by Ben Shirinian, the film features artists from various artistic disciplines: dance, poetry, opera, gospel song, and classical music.

Ben Shirinian, Director 

Ben began his professional career in advertising, heading the broadcast department at one of Canada’s leading advertising agencies. Some of Ben’s other career highlights include writing and directing LOST IN MOTION, an award-winning collaboration with The National Ballet of Canada and world-renowned ballet dancer and choreographer Guillaume Côté. Ben is currently co-owner of a Toronto-based commercial production company, LOOKOUT specializing in motion graphics, design, animation and live action for a wide range of global clients.

Natasha Kanapé Fintaine, Writer and Poet         

Natasha is an Innu poet from Pessamit, now living in Montreal. A proud representative of the Canadian wide Aboriginal movement Idle No More, she travels as a poet and public speaker. The message she carries is the meeting of peoples and cultures, respect, exchange and dialogue, under the auspices of dignity and humanity. She is the author of N’entre pas dans mon âme avec tes chaussures (Don’t enter my soul with your shoes), which won the Prix des Écrivains francophones d’Amérique 2013, and also author of Manifeste Assi, Finalist of Prix Émile Nelligan 2015.

She is the author of N’entre pas dans mon âme avec tes chaussures (Don’t enter my soul with your shoes), which won the Prix des Écrivains francophones d’Amérique 2013, and also author of Manifeste Assi, Finalist of Prix Émile Nelligan 2015. 

Jera Wolfe, Dance Artist

Born in Toronto, Dora winner Jera Wolfe is a choreographer and performer of Métis heritage and is an Associate Artist with Red Sky Performance. Jera was the official Canadian choreographer for NBS’s Sharing Dance Day 2020 and co-choreographer for 2021. His captivating choreography for Trace won the 2019 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Original Choreography. His work, Soul, premiered in The National Ballet of Canada’s 2020/21 virtual season, Spotlight Series. Jera performs primarily for Red Sky Performance and has also performed with many other companies including Peggy Baker Dance Projects. A graduate of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet School, since 2016, Jera has returned to the company to create new works each year.

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