COMPLETE PORTFOLIO AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
• a selection is featured here •
• a selection is featured here •
The new Royal Alberta Museum is now open! Featuring special ABORIGINAL MEDIA, the purpose of this commission sees Indigenous Peoples native to this land sharing their own stories – and authentically from their worldviews. 30 Audio and Video Media Elements were created, including a spectacular 360 Video Projection, 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 & Post-Production Supervisor, Shivani oversaw all aspects of the project through development, pre-production, production, post-production and final installation. #newRAM
• Image: The Royal Alberta Museum
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 came to the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe as part of CanadaHub, in association with Summerhall. Produced by Cunning Concepts & Creations, Shivani was the on-site Producer for Huff at the festival. Huff was 1 of 6 plays shortlisted for the Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. • www.cliffcardinal.com • #hufftour #canadahubfringe #edfringe #IntoTheUnknown
• Image: CanadaHub
POETROLOGY brings poets and creators together to produce unforgettable experiences that include many dimensions of poetry: Sound, Music, Visual Poetic Play & Poetry Hacking. Accessible to everyone – creative or not – Poetrology creates a space for its audience to interact with poetry in unique ways, and leaves them feeling inspired. Produced by Sheri-D Wilson, Calgary’s Poet Laureate (2018 – 2020), and The Calgary Spoken Word Society, “Poetrology are poetic experiences that stimulate the community into their own creativity.” The inaugural, sold-out events took place on June 29 & 30, 2018 in Calgary, Canada. Shivani raised awareness of Poetrology through marketing, communications, publicity and social media. #yycpoet #Poetrology
• Image: Peter Moller
The groundbreaking PAWÂKAN MACBETH is Indigenous playwright Reneltta Arluk’s reimagining of Shakespeare’s darkest play into Cree history, legend and cosmology. Set in Plains Cree territory in the 1870s, before the establishment of First Nations reserves, this story takes place in a time when First Nations warred with each other and the Canadian Government over territory, food supply and trade. Harsh environments brought immense fear, starvation, and uncertainty together to awaken the darkest of Cree spirits – an evil being with an insatiable appetite. This play is inspired from stories shared by Indigenous Elders in Frog Lake First Nation, following protocol. Currently in development, the sold-out Edmonton Presentation took place
November 23 to 26, 2017. Shivani generated mainstream & Indigenous preview media coverage, and promoted the performances through marketing and social media.
• Image: Miranda Mewhort
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 November 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, and curated 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 April 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, emerging arts festival committed to redressing the erasure of culture and moving us in understanding and inclusion. Rubaboo showcases Aboriginal theatre, music, dance, art, food, family / youth events, artist / cultural workshops, Aboriginal crafts – and is the only festival of its kind in Alberta. Rubaboo is a Métis-Michif word meaning a stew that’s full of life, and food that feeds the spirit; it’s a philosophy about what sustains us. Established in 2009, this annual festival focuses on developing and presenting new artistic works, and invites audiences of all backgrounds to experience these vital and inspiring Indigenous perspectives. Since 2016, Shivani has raised the overall profile of Rubaboo in Edmonton, Canada, through significant mainstream & Indigenous media coverage, social media, marketing and consulting. In 2011 Shivani was a Festival Manager and helped to produce all aspects of the festival, managed relationships with Aboriginal artists & stakeholders, and created partnership & sponsorship deals.
• Image: Marc J Chalifoux Photography
MAKING TREATY 7 WORLD PREMIERE 2014 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, today. The performance embodied the notion that “We Are All Treaty People”. Fundamentally, it is relevant to people of all backgrounds and ages, and invites each of us to better understand one another. Making Treaty 7 was founded by the late MICHAEL GREEN (Executive & Creative Producer) and NARCISSE BLOOD (Cultural & Spiritual Advisor). Shivani worked closely with Michael Green on the 2014 World Premiere as its Marketing & Communications Director, and reprised her role in 2015 (selling out both years). Her foundational work infused Making Treaty 7 into the public consciousness of Calgary and Treaty 7 territory, and has helped propel this project into an annual, must-see event.
• 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 October 10, 2015 in Calgary, Canada, and featured Mrs. Universe Ashley Callingbull (2015), 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
September 26, 2015 to a sold-out theatre, and future screenings have followed. 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 August 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 January 2015 at The Ballery in Berlin, Germany – a thriving gallery dedicated to finding new and contemporary forms.
• Photo: The Ballery
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-social media in October 2002 in Edmonton, Canada, and was well-attended with over 450 guests.
• Artwork: Perpetual Notion Design