Mînowin premiered at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa, ON, as part of the Mòshkamo Festival in September 2019, followed by a national tour to the Festival of New Dance (St. John’s, Newfoundland), DanceWorks (Toronto, Ontario), The Cultch (Vancouver, BC), First Ontario Performing Arts Centre (St. Catharine, Ontario), Lawrence O’Brien Arts Centre (Happy Valley Goose Bay, Labrador). Mînowin also toured with the prestigious Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico.
Integrating narrative, movement, song, performance, and new multimedia design, Mînowin connects landscapes and Coastal form line with contemporary perspectives of customary Indigenous dance forms. The Dancers of Damelahamid draw from origin stories and explore ways to translate these perspectives through a contemporary lens.
Through multimedia elements, this production balances the performance space by adding contemporary reflections of Indigenous identity, immersing audiences in a narrative that illustrates moments of connection, understanding, and renewal.
In partnership with Dance West Network, BC Touring Council, BC Arts Council, Province of BC, City of Kelowna, Canadian Heritage and the Rotary Centre for the Arts.