DANCERS OF DAMELAHAMID
Mînowin illuminates the process of finding direction; it is an exploration of organic moments when we connect with one another that breathe new life into our artistic practices, and a critical experiment with performance space.
Through integrating narrative, movement, song, performance, and new multimedia design, Mînowin connects landscapes and Coastal form line with contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. The Dancers of Damelahamid aim to achieve this by drawing from our origin stories and exploring ways to translate this through a contemporary lens.
Aiming to be transformative, Mînowin revolutionizes how we have learned to work within and claim space through balancing the performance space by adding contemporary reflections of Indigenous identity, immersing audience in a narrative that illustrates moments of connection, understanding, and renewal.
Mînowin will be premiering on September 26, 2019 at National Arts Centre in Ottawa, with additional presentations at The Cultch (Vancouver), Festival of New Dance (St. John’s) and Danceworks (Toronto).
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.
Photos by Derek Dix and Chris Randle
“… a work that amps up the art and regalia of indigenous culture with 21st-century style. Flicker inhabits a lush visual world. Flicker […] is an important start—the beginning of a truly West Coast take on the thriving area of indigenous contemporary dance. And the beginning of change.”
—Janet Smith, The Georgia Straight
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