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• a selection is featured here •
HUFF is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Indigenous brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and struggling to cope with the death of their mother. Their fantastic dream world bleeds into haunting reality, as they’re preyed on by the Trickster through hallways at school, the abandoned motel they love more than home, and their own fragile psyche. With his signature biting humour and raw, vivid imagery, Huff is a daring solo show by award-winning Indigenous playwright Cliff Cardinal, one of the most exciting new voices in Canadian theatre. After touring extensively across Canada and Australia, this breathtaking piece comes to the 2018 Edinburgh Fringe Festival as part of CanadaHub. Produced by Cunning Concepts & Creations, Shivani is the on-site Producer for Huff at this year’s festival. #huff #hufftour #edfringe #intotheunknown #canadahub
• Image: CanadaHub
The new Royal Alberta Museum will present an ABORIGINAL MEDIA PRODUCTION in 2018. The purpose of this commission sees Indigenous Peoples sharing their own stories – and authentically from their worldviews. 30 Audio and Video Media Elements are being created for the museum’s new Human History wing, illuminating the cultures and histories of the Blackfoot, Cree, Denesųłįné, Dene Tha’, Métis, Nakota and Stoney Nakoda. These important and powerful Indigenous narratives are underrepresented in mainstream society and this province’s existing history. As the Senior Producer & Project Manager, Shivani is overseeing all aspects of the project through development, pre-production, production, post-production and final installation.
• Image: The Royal Alberta Museum
VITAL BONDS is a fascinating journey inside the evolving science of transplants, where breakthrough discoveries are tackling the organ shortage and transforming the future of medicine. With unprecedented access to surgeries and intensive care units, this one-hour documentary encounters the realities of life, death and the movement of human organs between donor and patient with unflinching authenticity. Produced by Rosvita Dransfeld and directed by Niobe Thompson, Vital Bonds made its world broadcast premiere on Nov 17, 2016 on CBC Television’s The Nature of Things with David Suzuki. Shivani was the Social Media Producer for Vital Bonds and the award-winning companion feature film Memento mori. She created high quality social media content, along with a comprehensive social media strategy to promote the launch of both films.
• Photo: ID: Productions
SCHOOL OF THOUGHT is educational in nature – this incubator featured 8 curated events that brought poets and social activists together to share ideas and exchange perspectives with an audience, on the theme of ‘Languages Lost & Found.’ School of Thought was created and produced by Sheri-D Wilson, an internationally recognized poet, educator, producer and activist, who founded the Calgary Spoken Word Society. This unique gathering showcased an exciting ensemble of spoken word and literary talent, and took place Apr 19 to 24, 2016 in Calgary, Canada. Shivani’s role was to raise awareness of this event through marketing, communications, publicity and social media.
• Image: Peter Moller
COASTAL REVIVAL tells the story of how passionate environmentalists and First Nations are using the power of ecotourism to preserve the majestic animals of British Columbia’s west coast. These groups are making a concerted effort to save grizzly and spirit bears from trophy hunters, by purchasing the expensive hunting rights to these territories. This 5 part documentary series launched in May 2016 and was produced by Brandy Y Productions. Shivani lent her expertise as a Researcher, conducting pre-interviews and organizing key logistical information to move the story forward into production.
• Image: Brandy Y Productions
THE RUBABOO ARTS FESTIVAL is a multidisciplinary 2 week festival committed to redressing the erasure of culture and moving us in understanding and inclusion. Rubaboo showcases Aboriginal plays, music, dance, art, food, family events, artist workshops – and is the only festival of its kind in Alberta. Rubaboo is a Métis-Michif word (mixture of French and Indigenous), for a stew made on the trap line of whatever was left in the food stores. It’s a philosophy about what sustains us; and feeds the spirit. Produced by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, the 7th annual Rubaboo Arts Festival took place Jan 27 to Feb 6, 2016 in Edmonton, Canada. Shivani handled the marketing and publicity for the festival, and generated significant mainstream and Aboriginal media coverage.
• Image: Marc J Chalifoux Photography
MAKING TREATY 7 2015 is a groundbreaking theatrical presentation featuring a diverse and talented ensemble of First Nations and non-Aboriginal performers, musicians, dancers and poets. The performance embodies the notion that ‘We Are All Treaty People’ as it explores the history and legacy of the founding event of modern southern Alberta. Honouring its founders, the late Michael Green and Narcisse Blood, Making Treaty 7 came to life once again at the world-class Bella Concert Hall on Sept 23, 24 & 25 in Calgary, Canada. Shivani reprised her role as the Director of Marketing & Communications for 3 evening performances and 2 school matinees – all of which successfully sold-out at 660 seats per show.
• Photo: Arnell Tailfeathers
REDx TALKS is Canada’s first international Indigenous speaker series promoting stories of Resilience and Empowerment, while facilitating Discourse (RED) around issues important to Indigenous people worldwide. A platform for traditional knowledge and contemporary culture, REDx Talks is an ever-growing community of some of the most influential Elders, creatives, thinkers and agents of change on Indigenous and conciliation issues. The inaugural REDx Talks took place on Oct 10, 2015 in Calgary, Canada, and featured the current Mrs. Universe Ashley Burnham, renowned Indigenous academic Dr. Leroy Little Bear, and award-winning Indigenous actress Roseanne Supernault. Shivani facilitated this special event as a Consultant in the areas of publicity, outreach and social media.
• Image: Iiniistsi Treaty Arts Society
ELDER IN THE MAKING is an award-winning feature length documentary that invites all residents of North America to explore the tragic and hopeful history of their home. Through the journey of two unlikely travel companions, this film uncovers our responsibility as stewards of the land and of the generations yet to come. Elder in the Making made its world premiere at the Calgary International Film Festival on Sept 26, 2015 to a sold-out theatre, and future screenings are to follow. Shivani was engaged to provide an overall marketing & promotions strategy leading up to the film’s launch.
• Image: Hidden Story Productions
PRISMATIC ARTS FESTIVAL is Canada’s only multi-arts festival featuring culturally diverse and Aboriginal artists. Established in 2008, the festival showcases spectacular performances in theatre, dance, music, spoken word, visual arts and media arts. As the Assistant Producer of Industry Events, Shivani facilitated outreach and on-the-ground coordination of a special gathering organized by the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance. These conference and industry activities also focused on introducing Atlantic Canadian Aboriginal and culturally diverse artists to national producers and presenters. Prismatic 2015 took place Aug 19 to 23 in Halifax, Canada.
• Artwork: Prismatic Arts Society
IN CONTEXT was a captivating live event designed to provide a greater context of Berlin-based artists and their ideas. Known as “poor, but sexy”, Berlin is full of creativity, artists, galleries and exhibits. There is no shortage of art that one can view, and sometimes navigating these creative waters requires a little more background. In Context created an intimate dialogue with specific artists, providing more depth on their personal stories, their creative processes and their work. Set in the style of a live interview, which consciously included the public, this event ultimately fostered a greater understanding of how we experience art and one another. Shivani was the Creator, Producer & Host of In Context, which took place Jan 2015 at The Ballery in Berlin, Germany – a thriving gallery dedicated to finding new and contemporary forms.
• Photo: The Ballery
MAKING TREATY 7 WORLD PREMIERE was a groundbreaking live theatrical performance featuring over 20 First Nations and non-Aboriginal performers, musicians, dancers and poets. This presentation explored the historical significance of the events at Blackfoot Crossing in 1877, while investigating the consequences and implications of Treaty 7, 137 years later. Making Treaty 7 is relevant to people of all backgrounds and ages, and invites each of us to better understand one another. Through Atelier Culturati, Shivani was the Director of Marketing & Communications for the World Premiere on Sept 11, 13 & 14, 2014 in Calgary, Canada. By securing substantial preview media coverage, and running a strong social media campaign, each show successfully sold-out at 420 seats per night.
• Photo: Arnell Tailfeathers
RUBABOO is the only Aboriginal multi-disciplinary arts festival in Alberta, Canada. A Métis-Michif word meaning a stew that’s full of life and food that feeds the spirit, Rubaboo is a philosophy about what sustains us. This annual festival provides artists with both a forum and platform to develop and present various works, and invites audiences of all backgrounds to experience these vital and inspiring Indigenous perspectives. Presented by Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, Rubaboo showcases theatre, music, dance, art, family / youth events and workshops. Shivani was a Festival Manager for the 2011 3rd annual Rubaboo in Edmonton, Canada, and helped to produce all aspects of the festival. She also handled public relations, marketing & promotion, managed relationships with Aboriginal artists & stakeholders, and created partnerships & sponsorship deals.
• Poster Design: Christine Frederick
FUNKSHÖN was the ultimate Art Show / Party. The purpose of this large-scale live event was to celebrate artists and salute those devoted to creativity. Artists worldwide were invited to submit their works, which included painting, photography, multi-media, sculpture, illustration, film, theatre, poetry and music. This exhibition truly became a unique experience with a tangible energy. Shivani was the Creator, Executive Producer and Curator of Funkshön. She secured partners, generated sponsorship deals and successfully executed a strategic marketing campaign via TV, radio, print, online and grassroots initiatives. She cultivated artist relationships, directed exhibition lay-out and installation, and managed the event. Funkshön took place pre-Facebook in Oct of 2002 in Edmonton, Canada, and was well-attended with over 450 guests.
• Artwork: Perpetual Notion Design