Workshop Reviews
Tuesday, 05 October 2010 05:26

Educational Creative Clinic Reviews

Written by Rik Leaf

"The week long tour of the South Slave was a terrific way to start our year. Your energy, enthusiasm, ability to connect with the students along with the high-calibre of your performance as a group helped each of our schools get off to a great start. "There is, as I've said before, something really special about Tribe of One. Your performances both moved and inspired us all. As performers you connect with your audience in a way that is unique. You tease all our senses through your performance and what you leave behind is a warm memory and the desire to open the floodgates of our own creativity. Your workshops inspired our youth and helped feed their creative spirits and your performances left memories which will last a life time. Who could ask for more....Mahsi Cho" Brent Kaulback, Regional Director, South Slave District School District, NWT, 2010


"Tribe of One was a great day long event at the start of Lutsel K'e Dene School's 2010 year. Students were challenged and engaged by workshops focusing on dance, art and story. The workshops demanded risk-taking, courage and creativity from the students and they stepped up! Once class participated in Buffy's dance for the community which was very special for students and parents. All the students showed courage and committment to their part in the dance and they were proud and so were the parents. The community concert brought almost the entire community into the school to join with the students to enjoy stimulating music, beautiful dance and spontaneous artwork! I had so many elders and community members saying what a fabulous concert it was and how much they enjoyed the time out from work to share this with their children. Thanks very much for your visit to our community and we certainly hope to see you again next year!!" Sheila Cavanagh, Principal. Lutsel K'e Dene School

"The students, staff and community here at Deninu School, in Fort Resolution, wish to send our gratitude for giving us an exceptionally memorable performance this past 22 September 2010!   During our last full staff meeting it was with unanimous agreement that this year’s ‘Tribe of One’ presentation was student centered, culturally connected and simply ‘a step in the right direction from last year’. Along with the refined performance itself, we all agreed that both students and staff gained a clearer understanding and appreciation for individualism and the talents that each person may hold.  As you know, we are your most loyal fans and continue to promote your ‘awesome entertainment’ (as one student said) long after your departure.  The students, staff and community cherished your performance and look forward to your presence once again in the not-so-far future." Dan Summers, Principal, Fort Resolution Deninu School


"Tribe of One delivers far more, and what they deliver resonates with the kids far more than their blurb captures. In their workshops and in concert, Tribe of One went far beyond entertaining our students (though they did that too.) Their high-impact visit gave a real boost to the fine and performaning arts in our school, and I sudder to think that we might have missed an amazing opportunity had I been too quick to hit the delete button."                  Geoff Bueger, Principal, Princess Alexandra School, Hay River, NWT, 2010

“We were blessed to have Tribe of One in our territory. You brought music, art and dance to those of us starved for this form of entertainment and all art forms were of the highest caliber. You are all living examples of the Dene principles of discovering your talent and sharing it with others. Without exception, I have fielded only positive comments from Principals, teachers, students and parents. We are eager to work with you to return next year.”    Brent Kaulback, Regional Director, South Slave District School District, NWT, 2009

“Last Fall, the students at Heart Lake Secondary School in Brampton, Ontario, came together to experience Tribe of One, little did I know that the Tribe would take the school by storm! From the moment the group walked on to the stage, the students were entranced. It is one thing to follow the curriculum. It is another to teach its worth in our lives. Rik Leaf and Tribe of One did just that! I highly recommend them to other schools.” Gretchen Day, Heart Lake Secondary School, Brampton, ON, 2003

On behalf of Sydney Academy I would like to thank you for your presentation to our music, art and drama students today. We really appreciate the message in your presentation, especially at a time when the arts are under siege as governmental agencies attempt to balance their books at the expense of creative thought and art. Coming from a region of the country that is experiencing full force, the downturn of the economy and collapse of all primary industries, the arts are providing hope, especially to students struggling to find their voice. Your presentation has been invaluable to them, as you have encouraged them to imagine, create and persevere.  Verne Lorway, Music Director, Sydney Academy, Cape Breton, 2006

”Last year Tribe of One performed at Sussex Regional High School. The music was amazing and touching, combined with the artist's painting and the creative dance I found it to be a very enlightening and cultural experience. I thought it was awesome that students were exposed to this sort of experience. I considered it to be the best presentation I have ever seen throughout my entire High School career.”                                                          Jon MacNeill, President SRHS Student Council, Sussex, NB, 2004


Saturday, 02 October 2010 02:55

Tribe - Performance Workshop Review

Written by Tina Newlove
• Tue, Sep 28, 2010

Blending music, spoken word poetry, dance and visual art, performing group Tribe of One took JBT and PWK students on a multicultural, inspiring journey to find answers to some of life's big questions.

"I think there are just so many things in the world that bring us together," said Rik Leaf, guitarist, singer and poet of the group. In the first half of the show Leaf encouraged students to find what they loved and to work hard at it.

The show, an eclectic blend of different cultures and art forms, hoped to strengthen those similarities in the face of "parties that are happy to highlight the differences between us."

The group lives the message as much as they preach it. Leaf, originally from Manitoba, played on stage alongside Marie-Josee Dandeneau, a Métis woman who joined the group in 2005.

Switching between instruments including acoustic guitar, upright bass, pow-wow drums and even a didgeridoo, the duo laid the foundation for the incredible dance skills of Buffy Handel, one of Canada's top Aboriginal dancers. At one point Handel broke into a Brazilian Capoeira, a form of dance combined with martial arts, leaving students in awe.

During the performance, award-winning visual artist Tina Newlove completed a painting from start to finish.

It seemed an organic performance, with each artist feeding off each other's energy. Leaf commented on what it was like watching Newlove being moved by his music, which inspired him even more.

"We're drawn together by our voices," he said, hoping to highlight how people of different backgrounds can come together with a message of oneness. "There's this idea that your success comes at my expense. It's completely untrue."

At one point Leaf broke into a slam poem called "What if?" asking students what it would be like if they questioned some of the fundamental understandings of our culture.

The entire performance was a hit with students, who showered the group with applause at the end of the show. Handel's dancing was received with wonder while the music got hands clapping and feet tapping.

Some students left energized by the tempo of the performance and others may have left with the broader message that despite all of our apparent differences we really are a tribe of one.

The troupe is on a three-week tour of the Northwest Territories. After Friday's performance they head off to Hay River, then to Yellowknife.

Friday, 01 October 2010 05:28

Best Review Tribe has Ever Got!

Written by Russell Eggleston

It was our second to last day of a three-week tour across Canada's Northwest Territories. Our schedule was crazy. We were leading 9 workshops each day, rotating three groups of students through three separate clinics that were running simultaneously as Buffy, Tina and Rik introduced students to physical movement/dance, visual art and storytelling clinics. During the workshops Marie-Josee was compiling video clips and still photography and producing a professional multi media video she would edit between the end of our clincs at 12:00 noon and our 2:00 p.m. concert start time. The videos highlighted the student's participation in the clinics, documenting the adventure of discovering their unique gifts and abilities and the value and responsibility of each individual to take risks and own their own voice and language to communicate their story.

Each day would culminate in a one-hour creative extravaganza that Tribe of One has become renown for. Musicians, dancers, painters and poets seamlessly weaving their voices, movements, sounds and colours together to provide a spectacular example that allowed students to see how our individual pieces fit with each other in creating the big picture. It's true...together we are better. MJ's video was the pièce de résistance, playing behind the band during the last song of the show, taking that last definitive step to breaking down the barriers between artists and audience and truly becoming a Tribe of One.

So there we were, almost at the end of the tour when a courageous young man approached us. He had raced back to his classroom at the end of the concert and written this review, which we all felt was possibly the very best review we have ever received.

Meegwetch Seth!

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