Sky Dancers

An A’nó:wara Dance Theatre Production

Sky Dancers, A’nó:wara Dance Theatre © Brian Medina & John Lauener
Sky Dancers, A’nó:wara Dance Theatre © Brian Medina & John Lauener
Sky Dancers, A’nó:wara Dance Theatre © Brian Medina & John Lauener
Indigenous arts Theatre Dance
  • In-person event

  • English
  • Ages 15-15+

  • Approx. 1 hour  and  05 minutes
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Thursday, January 19, 2023 11:00 am Without words Seats available

A visually stunning dance piece exploring the impacts of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907, which killed 33 Mohawk ironworkers from the community of Kahnawake. When the bridge collapsed while under construction, it caused a wave of after-effects that stretched out to the whole world. It is a universal story that touches on themes of disaster, families, community, resilience and building bridges between people and generations. Using both contemporary and traditional practices, direct descendant of this disaster Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo brings the past to the present in a way that will enthrall and resonate with audiences while deepening understanding of Indigenous people’s history. 

Wat’kathon tseriio kanon’nia kaka’enions sontons’kwenne tia’ontarikon 1907. Ahsen niwahsen ahsen kanienkehaka wahon’niheie kahnawakeronon. Nonen son’tons’kwenne sihotiiote, ohontsakwekon wa’onttoke tsina’awenne. Ohontsakwekon waont’toke nonen watkanions’kenne, kahwatsire, kanatakwekon ia’kotaska, tanon a’ions’kwaketsko tsinateiontere onkweson’a. Ioriwase tanon saoiera watston, thonitia’kotwatsirinon satewatenon’ianihte Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo iehawi tsiniiawen’en tsiniiore onwa, entiako’nikonhra’tihentho ine en’ioteroroke aieienter’hane onkwehonwe tsinition’kwenon.


  • Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo ©Emily Smith
    Choreographer and director Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

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