february, 2023

13feb(feb 13)7:00 pm18mar(mar 18)9:00 pmMatriarchs Uprising Festival(february 13) 7:00 pm - (march 18) 9:00 pm 677 Davie StEvent Type:Performing ArtsAdmission Type:Ticketed


Event Details

On February 17, Ñswe niiminwinan (3 Dances) features 3 new solo performance works – journals of adoption by Sophie Dow, kaqwiⱡȼi by Samantha Sutherland and Homelands —Yakón:kwe by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.

In journals of adoption, Sophie Dow sifts and moves through 2 journals of origin: one from her birthmother’s pregnancy & process of offering her up and one from her adoptive mother’s journey of receiving a child.

Samantha Sutherland created kaqwiⱡȼi with a practice of translating words and stories in the Ktunaxa Language to movement. Through the work, she leads audiences through stories told by Samantha’s Elders, and her own journey of learning her language.

Braiding earthy and cinematic media, sound design and performance, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’sHomelands—Yakón:kwe places Yethi’nihstenha (many womxn) within their ancestral homelands and waters in Kahnyen’kehàka territory of upper state New York and around the Six Nations of the Grand River territory.

On February 18, we present the world premiere of Maamawi (ᒫLᐏ): Together Through The Fire from O.Dela Arts & Pepper’s Ghost New Media Collective. An expression of the Anishinaabe Seven Fire Prophecies, as shared by Anishinaabe Elder, Gloria May Eshkibok, Maamawi imbues us with heart-light, stewarded by the Original Ones through an immersive mix of dance, virtual reality, projections and sound.

Screening February 16-18, TOMO VR from Atamira Dance Company (Aotearoa/New Zealand) is an innovative digital experience capturing the dream space with its haunting tale of life and death.Viewers find themselves in a cavern of endless time, a world within a world, watching two travelling wairua (the bodiless self) and the generations of ancestors before them.

From February 13-18, our Dance Film Series will be available to stream on our website featuring works by Indigenous artists across the globe.


February 13 (Monday) 7:00 pm - March 18 (Saturday) 9:00 pm


Scotiabank Dance Centre

677 Davie St

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