“The crust of the earth was soft, the light was twilight and there was no running water. A hand reached down and picked up some clay, breath took the clay to the four corners and wherever it landed we awakened.” – The Dancers of Damelahamid
Where: Harbourfront Centre Theatre, 231 Queens Quay West
When: October 18-19, 2019
Cost: Tickets range from $36 – $42, with group rates, senior/CADA, students, and arts industry discounts available. To purchase tickets, please visit danceworks.ca/tickets/ or Harbourfront Centre Box Office 416.973.4000.
Details: DanceWorks presents Mînowin, a stunning new multimedia work by Dancers of Damelahamid, a celebrated Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. The production is created by Dancers of Damelahamid and choreographed by Margaret Grenier.
Mînowin integrates narrative, movement, song, performance, and multimedia design, connecting to landscapes from contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. Mînowin describes how we clarify direction as we recover and reinterpret the teachings that define and redefine who we are, accessed through story, dance and song.
Dancers of Damelahamid draws from origin stories and explores ways to translate these perspectives through a contemporary lens. Using new mediums, including 3D motion graphics and interactive technologies, Mînowin will engage with the complexities surrounding conventional performance space. The production will balance the space by adding contemporary reflections of Indigenous identity through multimedia elements, in order to immerse the audience in a narrative that illustrates moments of connection, understanding, and renewal.
Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and time-depth of the many beautiful Indigenous cultures across Canada. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia, the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space, and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.
DanceWorks will also present a Student Matinee on October 18, 2019.