"Indigenous peoples have the right to practise and revitalize their cultural traditions and customs. This includes the right to maintain, protect and develop the past, present and future manifestations of their cultures, such as archaeological and historical sites, artifacts, designs, ceremonies, technologies and visual and performing arts and literature.
-United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, 13/09/2007
Beagan and Moro conceived of ARTICLE 11 in July 2013 to channel a mutual desire to pursue the creation of live performance works with a holistic approach and a rigorous attack. The company became a registered not-for-profit organization in September of 2013, in time to execute their first commission.
History: of A11, and Beagan and Moro contributions/collaborations since A11's founding
September 2013: ARTICLE 11 launched with DECLARATION, a performative installation work that is built to take shape around venue and circumstance. This debut was at Fort York, at the On Common Ground festival, in celebration of the International Day of Peace. The work featured Santee Smith, Michael Greyeyes, Carlos Rivera, Rakesh Tewari and Tawiah M’carthy.
February 2014: Signal Theatre (Michael Greyeyes) helmed dancetheatre work A Soldier’s Tale (premiering as a Signal Theatre/NAC/DanceWorks presentation at the Fleck Dance Theatre in Toronto. This work features sound and video design by Moro and text by Beagan.
February 2014: In Spirit, through Native Earth Performing Arts, debuts at the Talking Stick Festival in B.C. and has a brief run in Toronto, with Aluna Theatre's Rutas Panamericanas. Beagan writes/directs, Moro designs sound/lights/set/projection.
March 2014: Beagan’s own Dreary and Izzy has a four-way production with Western Canada Theatre, Gateway Theatre, Persephone Theatre and Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company. Moro designed lighting and sound, Beagan directed. The play launched in Kamloops in September 2013 and continued from there.
June 2014: Signal Theatre’s A Soldier's Tale is featured as the opener at the NAC’s Canada Dance festival. Sound and video design by Moro, text by Beagan.
June 2014: After the great success of DECLARATION at Fort York in 2013, Robert Kerr of the City of Toronto contacted ARTICLE 11 about having a featured work in the Indigenous Festival at the fort. A11 played a grand-scale workshop production of new theatrical work The Ministry of Grace, creating an evangelic tent revival environment with full design integration including full-sized trailers and a 1950s pick-up.
- TBA a major work plays at the NAC in 2015
- TBA a major work plays at one of Toronto's largest art hubs in June 2015
- In Spirit runs in Toronto, and tours widely in 2015