Productions Onishka

Hydro-Québec Auditorium

  • 40 $ general admission
  • 55 $ including a guided tour
  • 70 $ including a guided tour, Le Diamant glass and a drink

Room configuration in a circle with spectators on stage : 100 seats only available. The performance will be followed by a tea service. 

In french (with anishnabemowin and english)

In Anishinabemowin, “okinum” means dam. In deciphering a recurring dream about a giant beaver, writer, co-director and performer, Émilie Monnet, discovers how to break down interior barriers and trust in the power of dreams and intuition. Okinum is an ode to reclaiming language and reconnecting to one’s ancestors.

A captivating combination of performance, live sound, and visual storytelling, the play is a circular and immersive experience that interweaves three languages: English, French and Anishinabemowin. Featuring a score performed live by musician Jackie Gallant, this captivating monologue deftly combines elements of autobiographical fiction and documentary theater. Throughout the performance, dreams and memory flow into one another across time and space.

An Onishka production in collaboration with Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal.
CO-PRODUCTION Imago Theater for the English version.


Emilie Monnet BIOGRAPHY

At the intersection of theatre, performance and sound, Émilie Monnet’s work is most often presented in the form of interdisciplinary theatre or performative installations. Her artistic approach favors collaborative and multilingual creative processes, and explores themes of memory, history and transformation. A committed interdisciplinary artist, she founded Onishka Productions in 2011 in order to forge links between artists from different Aboriginal communities, regardless of their discipline. Since 2016, she has presented Indigenous Contemporary Scene / Scène contemporaine autochtone, a nomadic platform for the dissemination of Aboriginal performing arts. Five editions have been created to date. She has also recently premiered her new creation, Marguerite: le feu (2022), after Okinum (2018) and Kiciweok: Lexique de treize mots autochtones qui donnent un sens (2019). Émilie is of Anishnaabe-Algonquin and French descent and currently lives between the Outaouais and Tiohtià:ke / Mooniyaang / Montreal.


Mar 23 to 24, 2023 — 70 minutes with no intermission $40 — $70


Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Valérie Remise
Photo - Yanick Macdonald
Photo - Valérie Remise
Photo - Valérie Remise

What People Are Saying...

It’s hard not to be moved by this piece as an act of cultural reclamation and as a harmonization of body and spirit

Christian St-Pierre, Le Devoir


Émilie Monnet


Text, co-direction  Émilie Monnet
Co-direction Emma Tibaldo and Sarah Williams
Sound design and performance Jackie Gallant
Pre-recorded voices Véronique Thusky, Thelesh Bégin
Set design Simon Guilbault
Lighting Lucie Bazzo
Costumes Caroline Monnet
Video Clark Ferguson
Cultural and Anishinaabemowin Language Consultant Véronique Thusky
Translation dramaturgy Maureen Labonté
Technical Direction and Sound management Guillaume Roberts-Cambron
Stage Manager Gaspard Philippe

Public Sponsors of the Programming

  • Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
  • Canada
  • Canada Council for the Arts
  • Ville de Québec