Practice-Based Research as Reciprocal Protocol: Constellations of Care in The Seventh Fire


  • Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen Independent


The Seventh Fire is an immersive audio performance that sources traditional, oral Anishinaabe stories and societal roles as a way to evoke ceremony in the everyday. I use the experience of creating this new form and premiering this work as an opportunity to reflect on principles of reciprocity that underscore and infuse any practice-based inquiry, as well as propose some necessary structures of care to support these principles.

Author Biography

Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen, Independent

Lisa Cooke Ravensbergen is a tawny mix of Ojibwe/Swampy Cree and English/Irish. She is a mother, multi-hyphenate theatre artist, and scholar working across Turtle Island as a performer, playmaker, director, writer, dramaturge, curator, space-holder, and teacher. Her work is rooted in Indigenous protocol, ontologies, and anti-colonial methodologies and is recognized nationally and internationally for its rigour and artistic excellence. Lisa is an Associate Artist with Full Circle: First Nations Performance and Advisor for Indigenous Futures at the PuSh International Performing Arts Festival. She also founded the Maada’oonidiwag Canadian Anti-Racist Theatre Exchange, an IBPOC-centred resistance and anti-racist mobilization that focuses on disrupting the colonial project called ‘Canadian theatre.’ As the next generation of colonial survivors, Lisa is currently raising her family on the occupied and unceded territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm Nations.