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Individual stands in blue and purple light, wearing feathers around neck, gold fabric around wrists and biceps, and deep v-neck top, holds hands open above head. Black background.


Waawaate Fobister

(Anishinaabe, Grassy Narrows First Nation)

Market Hall Performance Centre (140 Charlotte Street, Peterborough)

February 2 @ 7:30 PM

Accessibility: Accessible venue and washrooms, audio assist system available for hard of hearing. To book an audio headset email

All ages

Photo Credit: Dahlia Katz

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The Anishinaabe of Grassy Narrows are resilient. They are stitching their fractured landscapes back together from the impact of mercury poisoning. Using dance, movement, sound, and storytelling, the Dora-award winning Waawaate Fobister embodies Omaagomaan, a two-spirit being, and a manifestation of the earth and man-made poisons that have seeped into the earth’s crust. A fierce shape-shifter inspired by Anishinaabeg worldview and cosmologies, Omaagomaan forces us to reckon with the ways the maanaadizi (ugly) and the onishishin (beautiful) collide.

“Fobister is a magnetic performer, and his storytelling and characterizations are richly textured.” -Kathleen Oliver, The Georgia Straight

“Fobister is a dynamic, engaging performer, and you owe it to yourself to listen to their story.” -Mooney on Theatre



Created and performed by: Waawaate Fobister

Costume by: Sage Paul

Sound and composition by: Marc Meriläinen

Original direction by: Troy Emery Twigg


Learn more about this performance and Waawaate Fobister in this APTN article and video:

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