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There’s no place like Winter Home

Michael Greyeyes makes performance art from harsh winters.

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Michael Greyeyes, a renowned artist/dancer/choreographer/actor/director and professor of theatre at York University, explores a Cree family's experience of the harsh Saskatchewan winters through the decades with his multimedia installation and solo performance Winter Home. Greyeyes—who you'll likely recognize from his on-screen roles; he's appeared in everything ranging from Passchendaele to Smoke Signals, Charmed and Law & Order—is a Plains Cree from Saskatchewan's Muskeg Lake First Nation. Inspired by stories his father told him growing up, the installation employs materials that include a canvas tent, an antique bed frame and a projected series of photographic images. Winter Homejuxtaposes the rough conditions of the Great Depression with those of our current times, while unsettling our notions of authenticity and dominant perceptions of history.

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