≈ 1 hour and 15 minutes · No intermission
We are thrilled to be welcoming this beautiful project, Matriarchs Uprising, to the NAC in partnership with Indigenous Theatre. Together, we acknowledge and make space for these amazing women to engage and exchange with our audiences and with each other. A unique festival curated by Olivia C. Davies, Matriarchs Uprising creates a platform for Indigenous women to share their stories through dance, music and storytelling. These three unique evenings of performance bring together artists whose roots span Turtle Island and whose work promises to enlighten and energize us all.
Where there's a song, there’s a dance; where there's a dance, there's a story. NAC Indigenous Theatre is honoured to collaborate with our partners in Dance to celebrate the beauty, strength and resilience of Indigenous women. The program that Olivia C. Davies has helped us bring together is a beautiful example of all we have to celebrate as Indigenous women. We are grateful as always for the gifts these artists bring. Thank you for joining us in this celebration!
It is my honour to welcome you to Matriarchs Uprising, a celebration of Indigenous women in performance. Witness these embodiments of ancestral legacy, blood memory, and individual expressions of Indigenous sovereignty carried onto the stage. Each woman weaves threads of unique cultural identity into performance - roots that draw on Algonquin, Métis-Assiniboine, Ktunaxa (Kootenay), Mi'kmaq, and Nehiyaw (Cree) heritage. The curation also blends emerging and experienced choreographers and performers together in each program. We give our respect to our hosts here on Algonquin-Anishinaabe territory and raise our hands to NAC Dance and NAC Indigenous Theatre for welcoming us. Miigwetch, thank you!
Last updated: April 4, 2023
A household name to many Contemporary Indigenous choreographers, Derksen’s Orchestral Pow Wow album can often be heard in rehearsal studios across Turtle Island, inspiring movement explorations that dive deep into the depths of the heart and pull forward blood memories living beneath the surface. Weaving together the vibrancy that exists within the moment of improvisation between live music and dance, we have invited our Matriarchs Uprising choreographers to bring their unique forms of storytelling through movement to the Quartet’s live concert with a celebration of Indigenous culture, sound, and dance.
Raised in Ottawa, Stefan studied classical percussion and jazz drumming at university and has been working as a professional musician across Canada for the last twenty-two years. He performs and tours nationally and internationally with many artists, including Jeremy Dutcher, the Juno award-winning instrumental ensemble Bell Orchestre, and Richard Reed Parry’s Quiet River of Dust. Stefan is an original member of the Toronto Based 12-piece chamber ensemble, The Queer Songbook Orchestra, comprised of top queer and allied musicians. He has been a member of the indie group The Luyas for over 13 years. He has recorded and toured with various other artists, including Jorane, Safia Nolin, Thus Owls, Sarah Neufeld, Amon Tobin, Elisapie Isaac, Random Recipe, Jason Sharp and René Lussier.
Sage Nokomis Wright
Indigenous Cultural Resident
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Special Projects Coordinator and Assistant to the Executive Producer
Education Associate and Teaching Artist
NAC Dance Producer Emerita
Cathy Levy, C.M.