Indigenous Dance Company, Dancers of Damelahamid, Coming to Kahilu July 26

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The Dancers of Damelahamid will perform Spirit and Tradition as part of the Asia Pacific Dance Festival at the Kahilu Theatre on Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7 PM. They will also present two indigenous dance workshops. Ticket info below.

The Dancers of Damelahamid is an indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. Their rich history of masked dance inspires a compelling performance, celebrating the diversity and time-depth of the many beautiful indigenous cultures across Canada. Through dramatic dance, captivating narrative, intricately carved masks, and elaborate regalia the Dancers of Damelahamid transform time and space and bridge the ancient with a living tradition.

Since 2003, the Dancers of Damelahamid has established itself as a preeminent professional indigenous dance company that has self-produced several theatre-based productions, and the creation of newly choreographed dance works. It is the current directive of the company to redefine and characterize their practice so that the dances may continue to be tangible and accessible for the next generations.

The Dancers of Damelahamid will hold a Community Outreach Dance Workshop on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM. This is a movement-based workshop where the participants will experience different styles of Coastal First Nations Songs. The workshop is designed for youth of all levels and the Dancers of Damelahamid will explain the cultural significance of the movement techniques as well as the importance of story and cultural knowledge in the dance form. Also, through the use of songs, simple vocabulary will be taught in the Gitxsan language.

The following Thursday, July 25, 2019 from 9:30 – 11:00 AM, the company will facilitate a movement-based Master Class centered on the contemporary Coastal Indigenous dance form.  In addition, participants will gain awareness of the dynamic and innovative qualities of current indigenous dance practices.  Through basic dance instruction, exploratory work, partnered improvisation, as well as sourcing through song and narrative, participants will engage in the shared experience of dance.

All levels of dance experience are welcome for both workshops; however, the Master Class is catered to those with a dance background. Participants are asked to dress comfortably, and wear moccasins, dance shoes or bare feet. Workshops are $10 each and will be held onstage at the Kahilu Theatre. Space is limited, registration for the dance workshops is available under Arts Ed on the Kahilu Theatre website.

This performance is a celebration of the stories, songs, and dances of indigenous peoples of the Northwest coast of North America and places particular emphasis of the cultural traditions practiced by artists from coastal British Columbia, Manitoba, the Yukon, and Alaska. Their compelling storytelling celebrates the beauty and diversity of the rich history of masked dances.

 

If you go… have a good show!

The Dancers of Damelahamid will perform at the Kahilu Theatre on Friday, July 26 at 7 PM. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased at kahilutheatre.org, (808) 885-6868 or at the Kahilu Theatre Box Office located at 67-1186 Lindsey Road, in Waimea.

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