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Artists: Barbara  Kaneratonni Diabo, Emily Kahente Diabo

 On stage:  August 17, 8pm   BUY TICKETS     August 19, 8pm   BUY TICKETS

Indigenous hoop dancing is a form of story telling. It is an expression of a culture and a connection to the past.

While its actual origins are disputed, the art form itself is centuries old. The hoop is symbolic of the sacred circle of life – it has no beginning and no end. The dance is usually performed by one dancer who may use up to 30 or 40 hoops. The hoops represent elements of life and their interconnections. The dance most often begins with one hoop and slowly more hoops are added, each representing a different element.

As hoop dancing continues to evolve, it incorporates diverse creative designs, complex body and footwork and constantly evolving routines. The art form has spread from ceremony to competition, and is now being performed by First Nations across North America. Contemporary hoop dancers create and choreograph their own distinctive works. Some artists use their performances to address social, historic and community issues. As hoop dancing moves more and more into the mainstream of dance, many presentations incorporate styles and themes from popular culture. Hoop dancing is showcased in Cirque du Soleil’s production, Totem.

FODAR would like to acknowledge that  Festival of Dance Annapolis Royal takes place within the Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People.

Photo above: Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo (top) and Emily Kahente Diabo