Sky Dancers

An A’nó:wara Dance Theatre Production

2023-01-19 19:30 2023-01-21 20:45 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Sky Dancers

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/31522

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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...

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Babs Asper Theatre,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
January 19 - 21, 2023

≈ 65 minutes · No intermission

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Sky Dancers: Honouring Strength and Resilience in The Community of Kahnawake

Sky Dancers explores the impacts of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907. The bridge that was to span 1,000 metres on the St. Lawrence River collapsed while under construction, killing 75 men including 33 Mohawk ironworkers from the community of Kahnawake. It’s a personal story for choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo whose great-grandfather lost his life that day, and a universal story that touches on family, community, resilience and building bridges between people and generations.

Artists

  • Choreographer and director Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
  • Featuring Victoria May
  • Featuring Katie Couchie
  • Featuring Falciony Patino
  • Featuring Sebastian “Bash” Hirtenstein
  • Featuring Emmanuelle Martin
  • Featuring Oliver Koomsatira

Credits

The production, supported by the NAC’s National Creation Fund, premièred in Montreal, and was presented in Halifax in 2021. It went on to win a prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Touring Production of the Year in 2022 in conjunction with its presenter in Toronto, the Harbourfront Centre.

Artistic Director and Choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, is a multi-award-winning dancer and choreographer who was notably named performer of the year of the Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal in 2021.

Using both contemporary and traditional practices, 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.

Choreography and Direction
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Music Direction
Michael Tekaronianeken Diabo 

Set and Video Design
Andy Moro

Lighting Direction
Aurora Torok

Costume Design
Jeff Chief 

Video Direction
Samuel Boucher

Co-Producer
Gregg Parks

Production Coordination
Claire Bourdin

Featuring
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
Keenan Simik Komaksiutiksak
Victoria May
Katie Samara Closs Couchie
Falciony Patino Cruz
Sebastian Hirtenstein
Emmanuelle Martin
Oliver Koomsatira

NAC Indigenous Theatre Team

Artistic Director
Kevin Loring
Managing Director
Lori Marchand
Producer
Samantha MacDonald
Associate Producer
Sage Nokomis Wright
Indigenous Cultural Resident
Mairi Brascoupé
Education Coordinator
Kerry Corbiere
Technical Director
Spike Lyne
Assistant Technical Director
Taylor Blanchette
Communications Strategist
Ian Hobson
Marketing Strategist
Jenna Spagnoli
Senior Marketing Manager
Bridget Mooney
Associate Producer #ReconcileThis
Paula Chinkiwsky

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees