Dance Victoria presents Dancers of Damelahamid

Dancers of Damelahamid

Dance Victoria presents Dancers of Damelahamid


First Nations Contemporary Dance: Dancers of Damelahamid

Dancers of DamelahamidShortly after the potlatch ban was lifted in 1951Ken and Margaret Harris founded Dancers of Damelahamid to preserve the Gitxsan peoples’ traditional songs and dances. Now, five decades later, the company is under the artistic direction of their daughter, Margaret Grenier whose works redefine and characterize traditional practices so that the dances continue to be tangible and accessible for new generations. Flickerincorporates multimedia technology in a story about a young man who discovers his potential.

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Ticket Details

*Tickets starting at $38.00 | Single tickets on sale September 5 at 10am

Tickets can be purchased with a subscription prior to September 5 through the box office, 250-386-6121.

Please note: Online ticket sales end one hour prior to the performance start time.  Tickets may be available from the box office.

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More about: Dancers of Damelahamid

The company has produced the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008, presenting Indigenous dance from throughout the BC coast as well as hosting guest national and international artists.

The company’s full length dance works include Setting the Path 2004 and Sharing the Spirit 2007 which toured to New Zealand in 2008 and Visitors Who Never Left 2009 that was presented as a site specific work in the Great Hall of the UBC Museum of Anthropology. Dancing our Stories, created in 2010 and In Abundance in 2014 were developed for young audiences, as the company presents extensively for K-12 programs each year.

As well, recent works include Spirit and Tradition 2010 which was presented at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China and at the International Festival de Danzas, Cusco, Peru, 2011 and at the V11 Festival internacional de danza folklorica, Ambato, Ecuador, 2014 and at the Pan Am Games in Toronto, in July 2015.

Spirit Transforming, premiered as a full-length production at the Scotiabank Dance Centre in June 2013 and excerpts of Spirit Transforming have been presented at the Planet Indigenous Festival, Toronto, ON, in 2012, the Rubaboo Festival, Edmonton, AB, in 2013, and at the Vancouver International Dance Festival, in 2013.

Spirit Transforming toured to eight cities in British Columbia through the Made in BC Network in the fall of 2015 and at Native Earth in Toronto in the spring of 2016. The company’s most recent work, Flicker, is a multi-media dance work and was commissioned by the Vancouver East Cultural Centre, where it premiered in May 2016. It was co-produced by the Canada Dance Festival, and presented at the National Arts Centre, June 2016.