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.”
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.
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.”
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.