Introduction: Editors' Video Conversation and Conversation Transcript


  • Jenn Cole Trent University
  • Melissa Poll Independent Scholar


This issue of Performance Matters, “Performing (in) Place: Moving on/with the Land,” reflects on “walking” (or moving) practices that have been enacted in recognition of our relationships to the ancestral Indigenous lands and territories we occupy, arrive to, or originate from. We invite you to sit-in on our conversation introducing the issue’s contributors and their work. Please pause the video to read on-screen summaries and/or salient quotes from each piece.

Author Biographies

Jenn Cole, Trent University

Jenn Cole is a mixed-ancestry Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe and Assistant Professor in Gender and Women's Studies at Trent University. She researches Indigenous Performance as it intersects with settler/Indigenous relations and reciprocal relationships to the land, especially at the site of the Kiji Sibi/Ottawa River in Algonquin Territory.

Melissa Poll, Independent Scholar

Melissa Poll is an independent scholar and Equity and Inclusion Dramaturge. She is the author of Robert Lepage’s Scenographic Dramaturgy: The Aesthetic Signature at Work (Palgrave, 2018). Her work has been published in Body, Space & Technology, Contemporary Theatre Review/Interventions, Theatre Research in Canada, and Canadian Theatre Review.