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.”
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