NAC Indigenous Theatre in Ottawa presents Sky Dancers

Thursday, January 12th, 2023 3:46pm


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A scene from Sky Dancers by the A’nó:wara Dance Theatre when it was staged in Toronto in 2022.

The visually stunning Sky Dancers production is being welcomed by the NAC Indigenous Theatre at the Babs Asper Theatre from Jan. 19 to Jan. 21.

Sky Dancers explores the impacts of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907. The bridge that was to span 1,000 metres on the St. Lawrence River collapsed while under construction, killing 75 men including 33 Mohawk ironworkers from the community of Kahnawake.

It’s a personal story for choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo whose great-grandfather lost his life that day, and it’s a universal story that touches on family, community, resilience and building bridges between people and generations.

The production, supported by the NAC’s National Creation Fund, premièred in Montreal, and was presented in Halifax in 2021. It went on to win a prestigious Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Touring Production of the Year in 2022 in conjunction with its presenter in Toronto, the Harbourfront Centre.

Artistic director and choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre, Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, is a multi-award-winning dancer and choreographer who was notably named performer of the year of the Grand Prix de la danse de Montréal in 2021.

Using both contemporary and traditional practices, Diabo brings the past to the present in a way that will enthrall and resonate with audiences while deepening understanding of Indigenous people’s history.

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