Ancestralizing the Present


Ancestralizing the Present
Saturday June 10, 2017 | 1-7pm
Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver
Free admission
Info 604 606 6400

Ancestralizing the Present is a day of free performances, talks and events which explore how First Nations protocol informs collaborations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous dance artists. Curated by Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Dr Mique’l Dangeli (Tsimshian Nation) the event features Squamish dancer group Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers) and vertical dance company Aeriosa in an adapted version of their 2015 collaboration Trees Are Portals; internationally-renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask dancers Git Hayetsk; and includes panel guest Margo Kane, Artistic Managing Director of Full Circle: First Nations Performance.

“Canadian dance artist Erin Manning uses “ancestralize” to describe the ways in which Indigenous visual artists draw upon ancient ways of being, knowing, and relationships to territories to create work that activates the present so that it becomes the future,” explains Dr Dangeli. “This approach is also foundational to Northwest Coast First Nations dance, which ancestralizes the present by strategically enacting protocol during their performances, as a part of the process of creating of new work, and in bringing forward inherited repertoires in relation to performative contexts. As future ancestors, these artists also create new works that become the ancient songs and dances of generations to come.”

Schedule of Events

1-1.30pm Performances: Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers) and Aeriosa – Trees Are Portals

1.30-1.45pm Workshop: Learn a social dance (Gathering of the Eagles)

2-2.30pm Talkback and Q&A: Mique’l Dangeli, Spakwus Slulem, Aeriosa

2.30-3pm Talk: An introduction to Mique’l Dangeli’s research on First Nations protocol, collaborative practices, and ancestralizing the present                     

3-3.30pm Performance: Thunderbird Song & Dance by Git Hayetsk                    

3.45-4.15pm Talkback Panel: Collaborations between Indigenous people of different First Nations, with Mique’l Dangeli, Margo Kane, Rebecca Campbell           

4.15-4.45pm Thunderbird Collaboration Workshop Demonstration

5:00-5:30 Final Performance: New collaborative work by Aeriosa, Spakwus Slulem, and Git Hayetsk        

5:45-7pm Closing Remarks and Reception

Born and raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Sm Łoodm ’Nüüsm (Dr. Mique’l Dangeli) is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She is a dancer, choreographer, curator, activist, and Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Studies at the University of Alaska Southeast. Her work focuses on Northwest Coast First Nations and Alaska Native visual and performing arts, art history, protocol, politics, sovereignty, language revitalization, and decolonization. For the past fourteen years, she and her husband Nisga’a artist Mike Dangeli have shared the leadership of Git Hayetsk, an internationally renowned dance group specializing in ancient and newly created songs and mask dances.

The Dance Centre was established in 1986 as a resource centre for dance professionals and the public in British Columbia, and has evolved into a multifaceted organization offering a range of activities unparalleled in Canadian dance. The Dance Centre offer programs and resources supporting the professional development of artists, presents public performances and events, manages Scotiabank Dance Centre, Canada's flagship dance facility, and works to promote BC dance. 

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The operations of The Dance Centre are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia, the BC Arts Council, and the City of Vancouver through the Office of Cultural Affairs.

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