Street closures around the NAC during Ottawa Race Weekend
  • Partial nudity

A film by Jeanette Kotowich in care and collaboration with Chloe Ziner, Jessica Gabriel, Roxanne Nesbitt, and Kathleen Nisbet

The creative process of this work took many iterations in the embodied journey to uncover and reveal Nimîhtowin Askîhk. What has taken shape is our dynamic and complicated, yet beautiful relationship to dancing the Land – Nimîhtowin Askîhk. As we sensitized ourselves to each landscape, it became clear that even in our heartfelt attempts to inhabit our surroundings without imposition, the Land itself has been imposed upon in irreversible & unavoidable ways. And so… we followed our intuition, senses and Spirit in the extraction and shaping of this work. In collaboration with the Land we attuned our ideas to site, weather, sun, cloud, sky, tide and time of day. This process called for our whole selves to be in observation, integration, reflection, and creative activation. Kinanāskomitinān. 

“We are born into a world that has both beauty and brokenness. How do we learn to dance with those contradictions and find healing for ourselves and the land?”
—Chloe Ziner


Credits

Concept/Direction/Design/Performance: Jeanette Kotowich
Collaborator/Cinematography/Drone/Editing: Chloe Ziner
Collaborator/Cinematography/Projection Design: Jessica Gabriel
Original Sound Design: Roxanne Nesbitt (with viola by John Kastelic)
Song for Today written and sung by Jeanette Kotowich, produced by Kathleen Nisbet

Filmed on the Ancestral and unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Sel̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories

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