Description

Sky Dancers is a new multidisciplinary dance piece that explores the impact of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907, which killed 33 ironworkers from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake. The fallout was felt around the world and the aftermath still echoes across generations.

Choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo’s great-grandfather, Louis D’Ailleboust, was one of the men who perished in the tragedy. More than a century later, she explores from an Indigenous perspective, not only the impact the loss had on her community, but also shines a light on the strength of the community, the resilience of the women and the contributions the people have made to society.

Through the integration of dance, video projections, theatre, sophisticated set design and a mix of contemporary and traditional music, Sky Dancers puts a human face to a story that represents many of the struggles that Indigenous peoples have had to rise above.

Company

A’nó:wara Dance Theatre is led by Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo. Originally from Kahnawake and now living in Montreal, Barbara is Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) and has been a dancer and choreographer for more than 25 years. She specializes in combining traditional First Nation’s dance and contemporary styles, and her goal is to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication.

Show Times

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Cast

  • Daniela Carmona
  • Katie Couchie
  • Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
  • Sebastian Hirtenstein
  • Audray Julien
  • Simik Komaksiutiksak
  • Oliver Koomsatira
  • Falciony Patino

Credit

  • Choreography and direction Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
  • Music direction Michael Tekaronianeken Diabo 
  • Set design, video and lighting design Andy Moro
  • Costumes Jeff Chief 
  • Production Gregg Parks
  • Production and Lighting Director Aurora Torok
  • Technical and video direction Evan Ellison
  • Representation Lise Boyer – Agence BAM
  • Production Partners Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), Y2D Productions, Live Art Dance (Halifax)
  • Support National Arts Centre National Creation Fund, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Conseil des arts de Montréal, Mohawk Council of Kahnawake
  • Acknowledgements Solotech Inc, Segal Centre, Théâtre Rialto, Théâtre Hector-Charland, Break City, Place des Arts, Maison de la culture de Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie, Studio de danse Imperium
A coppresentation of
La Rotonde, rencontrer l'art chorégraphique
Public programming partners
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec Canada Conseil des arts du Canada Ville de Québec

They said...

« Huit danseurs/artistes extraordinaires du groupe Danse Théâtre A’nó:wara racontent l'histoire avec grâce, dignité, poigne, tristesse et respect. (...) Réellement incroyable et profondément touchant. »

Our Theatre Voice

« Le décor, les projections, la musique en direct et l'utilisation d'une langue autochtone ajoutent des couches supplémentaires à une création que Nathalie Bonjour, directrice artistique du Torque Festival de Toronto qualifie de tout à fait spectaculaire. »

The Dance Current

« Mais [Diabo] est catégorique : cette histoire est bien plus qu'une tragédie. Je veux montrer la résilience et la force de notre communauté après avoir survécu. »

Shyloe Fagan, CBC

« Kaneratonni Diabo travaille sur les Danseurs du ciel depuis plus de cinq ans. Jusqu'à maintenant c'est son projet le plus ambitieux qui lui a demandé le plus d'implication. »

The Dance Current

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