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.
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.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $120,000 will facilitate the Dancers of Damelahamid’s collaboration with two international Indigenous coastal dance creators, and provide support for a large cast of performers, an enhanced technical team, and several additional multimedia and design residencies.
Produced with support from The Vancouver East Cultural Centre, The Dance Centre, Boca del Lupo, the Canada Council for the Arts and the BC Arts Council. Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
Premiering in September 2019