Virtual presentations bringing the performing arts to Yorkton schools

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The Yorkton Arts Council is bringing the performing arts to Yorkton area schools a little differently this year.

Due to COVID-19, the board will sponsor ongoing presentations at Columbia, Dr. Brass, St. Alphonsus, St. Mary, St. Michael and St. Paul schools in lieu of the usual shows that students are accustomed to.

The presentations are part of a virtual tour of 56 schools that runs until June 18. Tour will show Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish – The film by Joseph A. Dandurand

The film is about Th’owxiya, a hungry old spirit who inhabits a festive dish filled with abundant and delicious food. This Kwantlen First Nations tale follows a sneaky mouse (Kw’at’el) who is caught stealing cheese from this festive dish. To appease an angry Th’owxiya, Kw’at’el sets out on a journey to find two children to eat for the ogress.

The performance features traditional Coast Salish and Sto: lo music, masks and imagery while learning how Raven (Sqeweqs), Bear (Spa: th) and Sasquatch (Sasq’ets) deceive a hungry spirit and save Kw’at ‘el and their family to become the party.

Toni Vermette, Director of Yorkton Arts Council.
“It takes a bit of inspiration from the Hansel and Gretel and First Nations story of the wild women of the woods, and the story is told through music.

The presentations will take place from April 26 to May 7, except at Alphonsus Elementary School, where the presentation will take place from May 10 to 21.

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