Matriarchs Uprising

Sophie Dow & Jeanette Kotowich (Program A)

2023-04-13 20:00 2023-04-13 23:59 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: Matriarchs Uprising

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Curated by Olivia C. Davies, Matriarchs Uprising is a unique festival of exchange and sharing through dance and performances, workshops and conversation. The festival creates a platform for Indigenous women who are nurturing the art of Contemporary Indigenous dance and storytelling, while holding space for past, present and future. Three curated mixed programs will be presented April 13-15. Special package pricing is available for all three shows!  On April 13, Program A offers two...

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Azrieli Studio,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
Thu, April 13, 2023

≈ 65 minutes · With intermission

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Last updated: April 13, 2023

A Note From the Producer Emerita, NAC Dance

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. 

A Note From the Managing Director, NAC Indigenous Theatre

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! 

A Note From the Curator, Matriarchs Uprising

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!


Jeanette Kotowich (35 minutes)


Sophie Dow (21 minutes)

a hidden autobiography

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.”
—Sophie Dow


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.”

—Jeanette Kotowich


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    Featuring Jeanette Kotowich
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    Featuring Sophie Dow


NAC Indigenous Theatre Team

Artistic Director
Kevin Loring

Managing Director
Lori Marchand

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

NAC Dance

Executive Producer   
Caroline Ohrt    

Senior Producer   
Tina Legari     

Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Producer   
Mireille Nicholas   

Company Manager   
Sophie Anka   

Education Associate and Teaching Artist   
Siôned Watkins    

Technical Director   
Brian Britton   

Communications Strategist   
Julie Gunville   

Marketing Strategist   
Marie-Chantale Labbé-Jacques   

NAC Dance Producer Emerita  
Cathy Levy, C.M. 

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees