On June 10, 2017, I attended Ancestralizing the Present, a free event hosted by Dr. Mique’l Dangeliat The Dance Centre with performances by Spakwus Slulem (Eagle Song Dancers), Git Hayetsk (People of the Copper Shield) and Aeriosa. The event is the extension of Dangeli’s doctoral thesis “Dancing Sovereignty: Protocol and Politics in Northwest Coast First Nations Dance.”
Leading up to Ancestralizing the Present on June 10, the event’s curator (and Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence) Dr. Mique’l Dangeli breaks down four fundamental aspects necessary in generating a more complex understanding of Northwest Coast First Nations Dance.
Aeriosa wins Kevin Spacey Foundation's Artists of Choice Canada 2016 for Dance. Founder, Julia Taffe commented: “I am honoured to be selected as a 2016 KSF Artist of Choice and I am thrilled that over the coming year Aeriosa will benefit from the funding and skilled mentorship that comes with a Kevin Spacey Foundation Award.”
Aeriosa's magical performance at Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre caps off week of workshops, open rehearsals.
Julia Taffe's dance floor is 600 feet up in the air. Dangling off ropes attached to anchors on the face of the Stawamus Chief, Taffe and her dance company defy gravity. The team of six, all dressed in red, flow across the granite surface, jumping, leaping, and spinning. It creates the illusion of weightlessness, but it takes a lot of core strength, Taffe said. You turn a vertical surface into a floor.
Aeriosa, Live at the 'Bolt gave us a futuristic look of what dancing might become: dancing in space, the way astronauts do it--no gravity, simply floating and gliding in space. For now, the four dancers used bungee ropes to do their numbers. But who knows? In the future, we might have a "no gravity" auditorium and we'll be seeing and floating like them.
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence….
-- from High Flight by John Gillespie Magee, Jr
On Sunday, October 21st, as part of the Canadian Dance Assembly’s Step in Time Conference in Ottawa, twelve awards were given out to deserving members of the Canadian dance community during a gala dinner in the Panorama Room at the National Arts Centre. With Tré Armstrong hosting, performances from Supernaturalz, Mandoline Hybride and Vanessa Shaver and presenters such as Alberta Ballet’s Jean Grand-Maître, BJM’s Jay Rankin and Les Grands Ballets’ Alain Dancyger handing out the glass statuettes, the evening was a true celebration of committed contribution
It was quite a scene in an alley parking lot off Granville Street on Thursday night. Dancers on ropes ran, slow-motion, across a seven-storey vertical wall as if it was horizontal. A handful of audience members lay on their backs beneath it all on a tarp. And the sea of usually rowdy Granville Street partiers was reduced to silence as it tried to peer through a fence at what the hell was going on.