Niimi’iwe: Gathering Light


February 7-10, 2019
Aki Studio


A celebration of the natural world, Gathering Light follows the journey of seed to flower, beginning with the stirrings of consciousness to the full embrace of transformation. This quartet, choreographed by Raven Spirit Dance‘s Artistic Director & Vancouver-based dance artist Michelle Olson, delves into the impulses rooted in our bodies that travel through us to find the light, exposing the structures that do not support our own truths, while revealing the ceremonies that support our full bloom.

Performed in the round, Gathering Light creates a sense of ritual where transformation is an experience the audience intimately shares with the performers.

Show Run Time: 60 minutes.

“Conceptually rich and complex…The movements are controlled yet convulsive, pained yet sensual…”
– What’s Up Yukon

Choreographer Michelle Olson
Performers Tin Gamboa, Jeanette Kotowich,
Hailey McCloskey,
and Salome Nieto
Dramaturgs Su-Feh Lee, and Alejandro Ronceria
Composer François Houle
Lighting Designer David DeGrow
Costume Designers Jeanette Kotowich, Michelle Olson
Vocals Michelle St. John
Rehearsal Director Donna Redlick
Stage Manager Jessica Han


Thursday February 7  |  8 pm
Friday February 8  |  8 pm – plus, Post-Show Talk
Saturday February 9  |  8 pm – plus, Post-Show Talk
Sunday February 10  |  2 pm


Regular $30
Seniors / Students / Arts Workers $25

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Raven Spirit Dance creates and produces contemporary dance that is rooted in Indigenous worldviews and honours the communities and artists they work with. Incorporating expressions such as traditional dance, theatre, puppetry, and multi-media to tell stories, Raven Spirit works from the following values: generosity, openness, engagement, integrity, and honouring. Learn more here.

Header Illustration by Mariah Meawasige with photo by Chris Randle