Friday November 20

A dance double bill – Spine of the Mother & Northern Journey
by Raven Spirit Dance

A double bill of contemporary Aboriginal dance works which move from spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, and traverse territories of impulse and memory, singing the land and body.

Michelle Olson‘s Northern Journey is inspired by the land we carry inside of us. This internal landscape carves out the pathways that lead to our animal instinct and to images that hold our human experience.

Starr Muranko‘s Spine of the Mother brings together Indigenous artists from Canada and Peru to trace the inner terrain of our bodies as women, while creating ritual which spans mountain ranges we have shared for millennia.

Performers by Jeanette Kotowich & Brian Solomon (Northern Journey), Tasha-Faye Evans & Andrea Patriau (Spine of the Mother)

Michelle Olson is a member of the Trʼondëk Hwëchʼin First Nation and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance. She studied dance at the University of New Mexico, Banff Centre for the Arts in Aboriginal
Dance and furthered her performance training with Full Circle First Nations as an Ensemble member.

Starr Muranko HeadshotSTARR MURANKO
Starr Muranko is a dancer/choreographer & Artistic Associate with Raven Spirit Dance. Her choreographic work has been presented at the Dance Centre, Dance in Vancouver, Dancing on the Edge, Talking Stick Festival, Crimson Coast Dance Society and Weesageechak Begins to Dance Festival.

by Justin Many Fingers

OKATOKS is a dance piece that explores the Eugene Baker Massacre of Alberta and how the Blackfoot men laid their families to rest and the survival of Holy Bear Woman.

Justin Many Fingers Is an actor, dancer, singer, choreographer, and creator from Lavern Kainai Blackfoot reserve located in southern Alberta. Justin is a graduate of the Centre for Indigenous Theatre Summer training program as well as the three-year acting conservatory.

Friday November 20 @ 7:30 pm | Aki Studio | Tickets $15