(This story is sponsored by DanceHouse.)
As the first season of Digidance comes to an end, Vancouver’s DanceHouse is bringing one more breathtaking contemporary piece to its audiences—More Than Dance, We Are A Movement.
The remarkable film will be available for streaming online from April 14 to 20.
More Than Dance, We Are A Movement celebrates Toronto’s Red Sky Performance’s 20th anniversary story. For the past two decades, Red Sky Performance has been one of the leading companies of contemporary Indigenous performance worldwide.
“Red Sky Performance reveals aspects of the more-than-human world in such a way that we can see them, with new eyes, as living and sentient," The Dance Current reported.
The company’s goal since the beginning has been to meaningfully transform society through sharing inspiring art and cultural experiences.
More Than Dance, We Are A Movement features engaging excerpts from two of Red Sky’s award-winning performances. It will also include several insightful interviews with artists and collaborators who participated in the film’s production.
The first performance, Miigis, fuses contemporary Indigenous dance with athleticism in an extraordinary way to express the power of nature and prophecy. In Anishnaabe culture, the miigis shell represents the “the perfect breath” of life. It’s a symbol that tells the group’s origin story of travelling from the Atlantic Coast to the Great Lakes.
Trace, a highly kinetic contemporary dance performance, offers viewers a glimpse into the origin and future evolution of the Anishinaabe Indigenous Peoples. The piece features seven talented dancers and explores their sky and star stories.
Audiences are sure to be captivated by the creative drive of founder and artistic director Sandra Laronde (Misko Kizhigoo Migizii Kwe), which means “Red Sky Eagle Woman” in Anishinaabemowin, the language from the Teme-Augama Anishinaabe (People of the Deep Water). It is Laronde’s exceptional artistic vision and understanding of Indigenous dance that’s propelled Red Sky Performance to critical acclaim.
Both Trace and Miigis embrace theatricality and live music to tell the stories that were shaped by writers, researchers, and culture keepers. Since 2003, the dance company has delivered more than 2,755 performances across Canada, including international shows in 17 countries.
More Than Dance, We Are A Movement has been described by the Globe and Mail as “magnificent in the scope of its imagination…mysterious in its beauty and driving in its beat”.
DanceHouse has presented a number of Indigenous works since its 2018/2019 season but very rarely do Canadians from coast to coast get a chance to see a group as iconic as Red Sky Performance.
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