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O.Dela Arts presents Matriarchs Uprising

O.Dela Arts presents
Matriarchs Uprising
Indigenous Women Dancing Stories of Transformation
June 20-22, 2019

Curated by Olivia C. Davies and supported through The Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program.

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande (Canada) + Mariaa Randall (Australia)
Thursday June 20 | 7pm
8 East, 8 East Pender Street

In Painting the Dance, Mariaa Randall creates her world with one step, one gesture, one movement. Linking country to stories and stories to country, she creates a world that reflects her, that she can be seen in. A place where her image is controlled by her. Mariaa belongs to the Bundjalung and Yaegl people of New South Wales, and has choreographed with companies and artists including Jacob Boehme (Blood on the Dance Floor) and Ilbijerri Theatre Company.

Pimiy in the Nehiyaw language means oil. In this work, Nehiyaw Isko emerging artist Cheyenne Rain LeGrande is thinking and working through ideas around oil and the environment. This work is also a response to her Nimâmâ, Connie LeGrande, who sings and hums into a drum. Her voice vibrating as it hits the drum and then she moves into spoken word.

Running time: 70 minutes + intermission | Post-show artist talkback
This performance includes nudity.
Capacity is limited

Raven Spirit Dance (Canada) + Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Canada)
Friday June 21 | 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

Frost Exploding Trees Moon is a solo choreographed and performed by Michelle Olson of Raven Spirit Dance following the journey of a woman traveling her trap line. She finds a place to set up camp, builds her temporary home, and settles into the centre of her world of breath and perception. The piece tracks a physical human journey as well as a spiritual one. It asks: How does one house one’s spirit? What keeps us close to earth and what makes us long for stars?

Blood, Water, Earth is an embodied incantation, weaving performance, video and music/song. Channeling the ancestral, elemental and sacred, the imagery explores what is woman, from warrior, creator, sustainer of life, and huntress. Blood Water Earth places a Konkwehon:we worldview in the vanguard and is inspired by the concepts emerging from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s triptych series on Re-Matriation: Re-Quickening, Blood Tides and Skennen. Created and performed by internationally-acclaimed Artistic Director Santee Smith with key collaborators Louise Potiki Bryant (video designer), Cris Derksen (composition) and Andy Moro (lighting design).  

Running time: 90 minutes + intermission | Post-show artist talkback

Jessica McMann (Canada) + Maura Garcia Dance (USA)
Saturday June 22 | 8pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St

Cree dance artist and musician Jessica McMann’s iihksiisiinatsiistostiimao nipaitapiitsiin is an excerpt of a full-length solo in development. It layers indigenous creation methods with two years of land-based research on Alberta’s Nose Hill and the Ghost River, and shares personal histories connected to land and displacement. Soundscapes, visuals, and movement create an intimate space, where we witness a personal story that draws us into a different time.

Maura Garcia’s They Are Still Talking pays homage to our connection to our ancestors through air, gesture, intergenerational trauma and laughter. We are physically formed from all that our ancestors were. As we speak, the air that travels through our bodies carries their essence. Using dance, music and sculpture, this expressive work blends elements of narrative and ritual.

Running time: 90 minutes + intermission | Post-show artist talkback
This performance uses haze, and includes voluntary audience participation

$30 regular
$22 students, seniors, CADA and Dance Centre members
$22 accessible seating (for patrons who use a wheelchair/scooter; plus up to one companion)
3-show pack $75 (available until June 19)

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