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Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company based in British Columbia. For several decades, the company has taken a present-day approach to traditional repertoire, developing a contemporary choreographic practice that honours its First Nations roots and preserves this sung and danced heritage for future generations. Flicker (as in “woodpecker”) is a multimedia dance work by Margaret Grenier. A young man sets out on an inner journey. As the audience follows him over mountain and through forest, we encounter wandering souls, dancers, and mythical characters. The combination of design and choreography gives the stage a life-size feel. Flicker is a link between First Nations traditions and more current forms. An ancestral gift that resonates in our collective memory.
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Margaret Grenier is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid. She choreographed the full length works Setting the Path 2004 and Sharing the Spirit 2007 which toured internationally to New Zealand in 2008 and the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China. Her other works include Visitors Who Never Left as a site specific work in 2009, Dancing our Stories (2010), Spirit...Read more about Margaret Grenier
Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of Canada. The company is founded on over four decades of extensive work of song restoration; having emerged in the 1960s out of an urgency to ensure that the artistic practices of their ancestors was not lost. The current direction of the Dancers of Damelahamid is to redefine and characterize their practice in order that the dances may continue to be tangible and...Read more about Dancers of Damelahamid
Choreographer Margaret Grenier. Composer Andrew Grenier. Gitxsan Translations Elder Betsy Lomax. Cree song Lawrence Trottier. Multi-media Production and Design Andy Moro. Graphics Design Shaun Kingerlee. Coastal Designs / Masks Andrew Grenier. Sound Designer and additional music Ted Hamilton. Dramaturg Charles Koroneho. Regalia and costume design Rebecca Baker. Performers Margaret Grenier, Nigel Grenier, Raven Grenier, Rebecca Baker, Jeanette Kotowich.
The Vancouver East Cultural Centre commissioned Flicker where it premiered in May 2016. It was co-produced by the Canada Dance Festival, with an eastern premiere at the National Arts Centre, June 2016, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, and the Vancouver Foundation.