Artist-in-Residence 2015-2017: Mique'l Dangeli
Raised on the Annette Island Indian Reserve, Dr. Mique’l Dangeli is of the Tsimshian Nation of Metlakatla, Alaska. She belongs to the Lax̱sgiik (Eagle Clan) and carries the Tsimshian name SmŁoodm ’Nüüsm and Tlingit name TaakwShaawát. She received her PhD in art history from the Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia in 2015.
Mique’l is a dancer, choreographer, art historian, and curator. Since 2003, she and her husband Nisga’a artist and carver Mike Dangeli have shared the leadership of Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield), an internationally renowned Northwest Coast First Nations mask-dancing group. Her work in dance led to her doctoral research to focus on the processes through which Northwest Coast First Nations dance artists compose, choreograph, and collaborate. She examined the ways in which various dance artists assert, negotiate, and enact protocol as a part of their process of creating new songs, dances, and collaborations. Her research demonstrated that these complex and political processes are Indigenous practices of sovereignty that affirm Aboriginal land rights, epistemologies, and hereditary privileges. Mique’l works as a protocol consultant for the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance in Toronto as well as teaching at the University of British Columbia in the First Nation and Indigenous Studies Program (FNIS).
During her residency Mique’l will be creating public programs, publications and outreach activities that will both create greater awareness of the diversity and complexity of Northwest Coast First Nations dance practice in Vancouver and build The Dance Centre’s relationship with local First Nations dance artists.
Ancestralizing the Present: Protocols and Practices in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance
Saturday June 10, 2017
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. This approach is also foundational to Northwest Coast First Nations dance, which ancestralizes the present by strategically 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. Curated by Dr. Mique’l Dangeli, this event brings together dance artists from many Nations for performances and public discussions of the protocols integral to their practices.
Full details TBA
Introducing Mique'l Dangeli (Dance Central, Jan/Feb 2016)
Dancing Our Identity by Mique'l Dangeli (Dance Central, Mar/Apr 2016)
Photos by Chris Randle (top) and Thosh Collins (bottom).