Mînowin

Dancers of Damelahamid Vancouver
  • Artistic Director and Choreographer Margaret Grenier

Mînowin is a new multimedia dance work that integrates narrative, movement, song, performance, and multimedia design, connecting to landscapes from contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. Mînowin describes how we clarify direction, as we recover and reinterpret the teachings that define and redefine who we are, and that are accessed through story, dance and song. 

Using new mediums, including 3D motion graphics and interactive technologies, Mînowin will engage with the complexities surrounding conventional performance space. The production will balance the performance space by adding contemporary reflections of Indigenous identity, through the multimedia elements, in order to immerse the audience in narrative that illustrates moments of connection, understanding and renewal.

Margaret Grenier © Chris Randle, Artistic Treatment: Aura
© Derek Dix
© Derek Dix
© Derek Dix

Company

The 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.

Creative team

  • Artistic Director and Choreographer Margaret Grenier
  • Collaborating Director Charles Koroneho
  • Dramaturg Peter Rockford Espiritu
  • Creative Producer / Set & Visual Designer Andrew Grenier
  • Projection & Lighting Designer Andy Moro
  • Interactive New Media Sammy Chien
  • Collaborating Director of Animation Dallas Parker
  • Collaborating Composer Ted Hamilton
  • Regalia Rebecca Baker-Grenier
  • Cultural Consultant Betsy Lomax
  • Cultural Consultant Lawrence Trottier
  • Indigenous Artwork David Boxley
  • Technical Director Jeff Harrison
  • Flute Jessica McMann
  • Indigenous Artwork Jim Charlie
  • Animation Kristen Campbell
  • Cultural Consultant Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson
  • Cultural Consultant Meghann O’Brien
  • Performer Margaret Grenier
  • Performer Nigel Grenier
  • Performer Raven Grenier
  • Performer Rebecca Baker
  • Performer Kristy Janvier
  • Performer Jeanette Kotowich
  • Performer Cameron Fraser-Monroe

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $120,000 facilitated the Dancers of Damelahamid’s collaboration with two international Indigenous coastal dance creators, and provided support for a large cast of performers, an enhanced technical team, and several additional multimedia and design residencies.

Credits

Co-producers : The CanDance Network Creation Fund, National Arts Centre, The Vancouver East Cultural Centre (The Cultch), DanceWorks, Neighbourhood Dance Works, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. The production of this work was supported by Dance Victoria’s Chrystal Dance Prize.

Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.

Performance dates

Upcoming Performances

September 26 to 28, 2019: Babs Asper Theatre (Ottawa), presented by NAC Dance in partnership with NAC Indigenous Theatre

October 14 - 15, 2019: Teatro Principal (Mexico), Festival Internacional Cervantino

October 18 - 19, 2019: Harbourfront Centre Theatre (Toronto), Danceworks

November 20 - 24, 2019: The Cultch Historic Theatre (Vancouver), Co-commissioned by The Cultch 

Previous Performances

24 May, 2019: Margaret Greenham Theatre (Banff), avant-premiere of this performance developed at Banff Centre for the Arts and Creativity.


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