Ancestralizing the Present by Aeriosa Dance Society

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.”

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Understanding Northwest Coast First Nations Dance by Aeriosa Dance Society

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.

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KSF Artists of Choice Canada 2016 - Dance - Aeriosa by Aeriosa Dance Society

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.”

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Dancing on air by Aeriosa Dance Society

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.

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Aeriosa Live at the 'Bolt by Aeriosa Dance Society

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.

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The Suspension of Disbelief by Aeriosa Dance Society

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

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