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Danceworks presents the Toronto premiere of Mînowin, a stunning multimedia work by Dancers of Damelamamid. Narrative, movement, song and elaborate regalia transport us through an immersive, meaningful spectacle connected to landscapes from contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance. Mînowin transforms time and space, illuminating the process of finding direction. Playing October 18-19, 2019 at 8pm at the Harboufront Centre Theatre.

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DANCERS OF DAMELAHAMID

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About Dancers of Damelahamid


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 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.

Dancers of Damelahamid brings Mînowin to Toronto October 18-19, 2019 at 8pm at the Harboufront Centre Theatre.Tickets are available here.
 

About Artistic Director, Margaret Grenier


Margaret is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid. She choreographed the full-length works Setting the Path 2004 and Sharing the Spirit 2007, which toured internationally to New Zealand in 2008 and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. Her other works include Visitors Who Never Left as a site specific work in 2009, Dancing our Stories 2010, Spirit Transforming 2012, In Abundance 2014, and Flicker 2016. Margaret has directed and produced the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008. Margaret holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. She was a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University for Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language, and Culture in 2007. Margaret was a faculty member for the Banff Centre Indigenous Dance Residency 2013. Margaret presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Australia 2008, Peru 2011, and Hawaii 2015. She serves on the Board for The Dance Centre as well as the Canadian Dance Assembly.

Interview with Margaret Grenier


DanceWorks speaks with Artistic Director and choreographer Margaret Grenier about the upcoming Toronto premiere of Mînowin. .

DanceWorks:Can you tell us about the title of the work? How does it connect to the movement, narrative and themes explored in the performance?

Margaret: Mînowin translates to the act of clarifying direction. In the dance piece we worked with the Indigenous worldview of time as circular.  We come back time and again to stories that that inform how we move forward: through imbalance and renewal. This concept is reflected in the movement, regalia, set and media design of Mînowin.

DanceWorks: As the choreographer, what was the inspiration for creating Mînowin?

Margaret: The inspiration for Mînowin came from reflecting on this critical place that I have come to in my personal narrative. I am privileged to have the foundational knowledge of the previous generation but that is not my story to tell. Mînowin was sourced from a process of digging deep to find strength from experiencing loss and disconnection. We can also look at these places as a time for renewal and resiliency.

DanceWorks: Mînowin integrates the use of multimedia design. Was it challenging to work with multimedia elements? What kinds of things can we expect to see in the performance (without giving too much away)?

Margaret: The multimedia design is intended to support the narrative and help the audience to connect the visual design with movement. It was a very fluid process for us because Coastal dance is already so connected to the visual arts and Coastal form line design. We have been blessed to work with the designers Andy Moro and Sammy Chien who are intuitive and responsive as we worked together to explore these connections. 

DanceWorks presents Mînowin by Dancers of Damelahamid October 18-19, 2019 at 8pm at the Harboufront Centre Theatre.Tickets are available here.

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