Program One


I DREAM IN WAMPUM Enter into a world of Indigenous Futurism. This is a story inspired by Mohawk teachings, allowing us to imagine worlds where colonialism never happened.  We follow Kahente, an Indigenous youth, on his journey to the stars. After finding seven wampum belts from the constellation we call the Seven Dancers (Tsata Teienonniakhwa), otherwise known as Pleiades, he starts his journey to each of these worlds to discover his ancestors and star-beings. If successful, this path can lead him to Sky World (Karonhiakehson Ohontsa), the place of his people’s origins, and bring him greater understanding of his past, present, and future. I Dream in Wampum is a dynamic, powerful journey where Indigenous people show a future of strength and celebration. Let the journey begin…
THE DEVIL’S INTERVALS This piece is an excerpt from a larger work, The Devil's Intervals, which will premiere in December at the Sir James Dunn Theatre in Halifax, NS, through Live Art Dance. This work is a chapter in a collection of nursery rhymes that weave together to create one cautionary tale... 'One crow sorrow, Two crows joy, Three crows a letter Four crows a boy Five crows silver Six crows gold Seven crows a secret, never to be told…’
HAAZRI Haazri (meaning Presence), is a new traditional Kathak solo by Tanveer Alam. The work showcases choreographic compositions of the Kathak repertoire, that Alam has structured and reinvisioned for this piece. The compositions are abstract and do not denote any particular story, but are soundly based on the technique of Kathak. Agility, strength, power, fluidity, softness, fierceness are qualities that Alam is working with through Haazri.

Photo credit: Olivier Coëffard