Pekuakamiulnu originally from Mashteuiatsh, Soleil Launière lives and works in Tiöhtià: ke – Mooniyang (Montreal). Multidisciplinary artist combining song, movement and theatre while incorporating performance art, she interweaves the presence of the two-spiritual body and experimental audiovisual while drawing inspiration from the cosmogony and the sacred spirit of the animals of the Innu world. She expresses in actions a thought on silences and universal languages.
Since 2008, Soleil has produced different performances within the framework of indigenous and non-indigenous artistic gatherings and events inside and outside conventional broadcasting networks. She has explored physical theatre, contemporary dance, traditional and contemporary singing in Canada, New Zealand, Australia and the United States.
In 2019, she presented her first Umanishish production at Usine C, directed Nikamotan-Nicto which was presented as part of Native Presences and performed on stages at the NAC and at Le Diamont with Where the Blood Mixes. In 2020, she co-directed Courrir l´Amérique presented at the Quat ’Sous Theater and will present her second production, Sheuetamu.
In May 2020, she finalized a 2-year residency for Indigenous artist at the National Theater School of Canada.
Photo : Maxime Côté