Originally from Treaty 4 territory Saskatchewan, Jeanette Kotowich is an independent dance artist and choreographer of Nêhiyaw, Métis and mixed settler ancestry. Her work reflects Nêhiyaw/Métis cosmology within the context of contemporary dance performance, referencing protocol, ritual, our relationship to the natural and Spirit world, and ancestral knowledge. Kisiskâciwan is a creative return to the swift-flowing landscape of Saskatchewan, the robust undulating land of her grandmothers’ mothers and great-great-grandfathers. Conceived and performed by Kotowich in collaboration with Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, this solo work is a journey to one’s self.
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Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program
Choreographer, performer, producer – Jeanette Kotowich
Performer, sound, fiddle, vocals – Kathleen Nisbet
Lighting designer – James Proudfoot
Creative producer, outside eye – Deanna Peters
Media support – Brady Marks
Sound designer – Wayne Lavallee
Sound contribution – Moe Clark
Emily Solstice Tait, Deanna Peters, Raïna Von Waldenburg, Stéphanie Cyr, Carlos Rivera, Michelle Olson, Charles Koroneho.
Supported by Boca del Lupo, The Dance Centre, New Dance Horizons, Shadbolt Centre for the Arts, Raven Spirit Dance, and Canada Council for the Arts.
Photos by Jeanette Kotowich and Yvonne Chew