Jasmin Sheppard wearing black and holding branches with green leaves against a blue background

Program 3

Fall for Dance North

The New Zealand Dance Company
In Transit by Louise Potiki Bryant

In this work, Māori choreographer, dancer and video artist Louise Potiki Bryant evokes a textured weave of earth and beings, of time now and time eternal. Highly gestural movement vocabulary connects to aspects of the kapa haka (Māori performing arts) and various rituals of encounter, including a duet that develops from the traditional sharing of breath in the nose-to- nose hongi greeting. Light-painted projections of forest and figures layer behind, between and across the dancers of The New Zealand Dance Company as they flicker and glide through the dawning dusk – in transit.

Bulareyaung Dance Company
LUNA by Bulareyaung Pagarlava

Bulareyaung Dance Company embraces Indigenous practices of the Taiwanese tribes, under the leadership of choreographer Bulareyaung Pagarlava. LUNA developed through field study at Luluna Village in Nantou County, Taiwan, and incorporates aspects of the pasibutbut, a complex polyphonic singing that is internationally recognized as a distinct aspect of Indigenous Taiwanese culture. In dialogue with the Luluna tribal people and with respect for the Indigenous traditions, Bulareyaung adapted the performing style of malastapang from the Bunun ritual praising the hunters’ achievements to, instead, dancers announcing their process of growth.

Mani.Deux by Northfoot Movement / Cody Berry featuring live music
In honour of two-spirited people, Mani.Deux offers an abstract acknowledgment of the history
and revived acceptance of this ultimately non-translatable, non-binary Indigenous identity. The
term is connected to the Anishinaabemowin term niizh manidoowag or “two spirits”. Berry draws on these linguistic and cultural resonances in this work. The choreography develops through a sensual exploration of water/female and thunder/male, inspired by the quote: “The acceptance that I was looking for was in the culture I tried to run from.” Raised in Lac La Croix First Nation and based in Toronto, Cody Berry identifies as a two-spirited Ojibway contemporary dance artist. His work combines traditional knowledge (protocol) with conventional movement methods.

Jasmin Sheppard
Choice Cut by Jasmin Sheppard

Jasmin Sheppard is a contemporary dancer and choreographer, a Tagalak and Kurtjar Aboriginal woman with Irish, Chinese and Hungarian ancestry. Based in Sydney, Australia, Sheppard uses art to speak for people who are denied a voice and to uncover an untold side of history. Her process is research-based, using historical documentation, poetry and prose and specific non-fiction work as a basis for context. She works in elements of irony and provocation to bring across truth in a powerful way. Choice Cut explores parallels between her experience as a First Nations woman and the colonization of the land known as Australia.

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