Dances from Turtle Island in Nozhem First Peoples Performance Space
- Date: Friday, January 26, 2024 - 7:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Barbara Keneratoni Diabo, accompanied by a few of her dancers, will present a mix program featuring high lights from various creations past and a short preview of her new piece I Dream in Wampum. Also included a screening of short film, "Smudge."
Reserve online, Pay What You Can Cash Only at the door. All welcome.
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) of mixed heritage, originally from Kahnawake. She now lives in Montreal, where she is the artistic director and choreographer for A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. Award-winning choreographer and performer for over 30 years, she creates dance pieces to bring Indigenous themes, stories, and perspectives to light. She takes pride in sharing her culture and performs across Canada and internationally. Her show, Sky Dancers, won Outstanding Touring Production in the Dora Mavor Awards 2022 and her piece My Urban Nature won Best Choreography of an Outdoor Show in Festival Quartiers Danses in 2019. She was also the winner of the Prix de la danse de Montréal, DANCER category in 2021. Barbara also collaborates with several organizations with whom she helps educate the public, create “safe spaces” and support Indigenous artists around the world. As her Indigenous culture taught her, Barbara performs and creates for generations to come, to honor, for her ancestors, for a sense of community, for those who cannot dance, to inspire, to communicate, to encourage cultural pride, and to uplift spirits.
A’nó:wara Dance Theatre
An Indigenous-run dance company that specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives by often combining powwow, Haudenosaunee dance, and mainstream contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations and tastes. Artistic director and award-winning choreographer is Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo from the Kanien'kehaka (Mohawk) nation of Kahnawake and is now living in Montreal. We create professional pieces but also engage in community work and mentorship. Our goals are to create high-quality dance works that inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication.
This event is hosted in Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space, located on the first floor of the Enwayaang Building, room 101, at the northwest end of the building. As a rare gem on campus, it offers an intimate setting for up-close interactions with artists, singers, dancers, and performers, fostering a deep connection between the audience and the rich Indigenous traditions on display.
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Posted on September 28, 2023