≈ 65 minutes · With intermission
We are thrilled to be welcoming this beautiful project, Matriarchs Uprising, to the NAC in partnership with Indigenous Theatre. Together, we acknowledge and make space for these amazing women to engage and exchange with our audiences and with each other. A unique festival curated by Olivia C. Davies, Matriarchs Uprising creates a platform for Indigenous women to share their stories through dance, music and storytelling. These three unique evenings of performance bring together artists whose roots span Turtle Island and whose work promises to enlighten and energize us all.
Where there's a song, there’s a dance; where there's a dance, there's a story. NAC Indigenous Theatre is honoured to collaborate with our partners in Dance to celebrate the beauty, strength and resilience of Indigenous women. The program that Olivia C. Davies has helped us bring together is a beautiful example of all we have to celebrate as Indigenous women. We are grateful as always for the gifts these artists bring. Thank you for joining us in this celebration!
It is my honour to welcome you to Matriarchs Uprising, a celebration of Indigenous women in performance. Witness these embodiments of ancestral legacy, blood memory, and individual expressions of Indigenous sovereignty carried onto the stage. Each woman weaves threads of unique cultural identity into performance - roots that draw on Algonquin, Métis-Assiniboine, Ktunaxa (Kootenay), Mi'kmaq, and Nehiyaw (Cree) heritage. The curation also blends emerging and experienced choreographers and performers together in each program. We give our respect to our hosts here on Algonquin-Anishinaabe territory and raise our hands to NAC Dance and NAC Indigenous Theatre for welcoming us. Miigwetch, thank you!
Last updated: April 13, 2023
Jeanette Kotowich (35 minutes)
Sophie Dow (21 minutes)
Inspired by embodied experiences of physical and imagined adventures, a hidden autobiography is a celebration of setting forth on a personal journey; an ode to the ‘rogue traveler’. By placing interpreter Sophie Dow in a series of literal and figurative images, the piece emerges as an athletic meditation on cultivating a personal energetic life force. It has a silent, momentous strength, is vigorous in nature, and honours the importance of travel, in a time when it was not allowed.
“And in these states, an invocation is received: my edges are soft, my centre is hollow, pulse of the heart. Here I am Here. I am one with Creation.”
Kisiskâciwan is a creative return to the fast-flowing landscape of Saskatchewan, the robust and undulating land of Jeanette Kotowich’s ancestors. Conceived and performed by Kotowich, who is of Nêhiyaw, Métis and mixed settler ancestry, this new solo is a journey to oneself, and references protocol, ritual and our relationship to the natural and Spirit worlds.
“Through memories of my childhood summer, embraced by the Kah-tep-was valley (Nêhiyaw for river that calls), the vast prairie and gently rolling landscape has echoed its lasting impression and whispered a language of inspiration. This is a sacred place that calls generations of peoples for gathering, hunting and spiritual replenishment.”
Treaty 1-born Sophie Dow is a multidisciplinary creative inspired by dance, music, film, collaboration and Métis-Assiniboine + settler/stranger roots. An avid adventurer, Sophie exudes passions for busking, yoga and travelling and holds a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University. Sophie presently fulfills roles as creative director of PEC’s Flight Festival, artistic associate of O.Dela Arts & Chimera Dance Theatre, a musician with The Honeycomb Flyers, a licensed practitioner of Traditional Thai Massage and student of BreathWave.
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