Wednesday, August 9
1499, Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montréal, Québec.
Moe Clark’n friends present Pawākan
Âpihtawikosisâniskwêw (Métis / Norwegian / French / British) multidisciplinary artist Moe Clark is a 2Spirit singing thunderbird. She works across diverse disciplines of vocal improvisation, spoken word poetry, sound design, and performance creation to create meaning that is rooted in personal legacy, ancestral memory and embodied knowledge. Originally from the Prairies in Treaty 7, Moe resides in Tio’tiá:ke/ Mooniyang/ Montréal, on the unceded territory of the Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk people). Her last solo album Within toured across North America and her collaborative video poem Nitahkôtân won best Indigenous language music video at the ImagiNative film festival.
In 2013 she directed the 10th Annual Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, highlighting Indigenous Languages, and she was named Poet of Honour at the same festival in 2014. Fire & Sage/ De sauge et de feu, her bilingual book of poetry was released through Maelström Editions in Belgium and has been showcased at international literature festivals. Moe has seven albums of music, both solo and collaborative and multiple performance videos. Co-founder of Weather Beings with Māori Takatāpui dancer/choreographer Victoria Hunt, their collaboration examines intersections of Métis & Māori cosmology and Indigenous futurism through performance experimentation. Apart from performance, Moe’s work as a creative facilitator aims to remember and reconnect personal and collective belonging to territories of land, body and voice. Through creative continuums of Indigenous language immersion, song creation and ceremonial practice, her work in community reinforces the roles of 2S people and intergenerational transmission. Moe’s work has appeared the world over, including the Lincoln Centre (US), UBUD Writers & Readers Festival (ID) and Origins Festival in London (UK).