Zaagi’idiwin: Our Mothering Heart
O.Dela Arts (Vancouver)
Olivia C. Davies, Sophie Dow, Samantha Sutherland
Nozhem: First Peoples’ Performance Space
(Room 101, Enwayaang Building, 1 Gzowski Way, Peterborough)
Nov 3 & 4, 2023 @ 7:00 PM
Nov 4, 2023 @ 3:00PM
Run time is approx. 50 minutes
Co-Presented by Nozhem: First Peoples’ Performance Space, O.Dela Arts and Public Energy Performing Arts
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Zaagi’idiwin: Our Mothering Heart weaves three womxn’s stories of love and loss, reflecting on the Mothers who carry us, the Mothers who raise us, and the Mother land and Mother tongue that nourish us and fill our hearts full of hope. Revealing matriarchal legacies coursing through blood memory and the living body. Seeds of connection travelling along the flow of time. Remembering the words and the entities they represent with each breath. Movements of the heart mark the passing of moments strung together in a spider’s web of shared experiences.
Journals of adoption, a solo created and performed by Sophie Dow, extends a choreographic exploration through two journals of origin: one text from Sophie’s birth mother’s experience of pregnancy and process of offering her up; the other text from Sophie’s own reflections, queries and rumination as an adopted child.
Slip away, a solo created and performed by Samantha Sutherland explores themes of loss and hope relating to the endangered state of the Ktunaxa Language. What happens when individuals are motivated by fear? What work needs to happen to develop a sense of hope for our future? This solo shares accounts of the current efforts toward preservation of the endangered language, and showcases dreams of how it may continue enlivened in the future.
See Through Me, a new work in development by Olivia C. Davies, is conceived as a love letter for the experience of motherhood. An honouring for the one who carries us in her womb, nurturing and nourishing, and who will live forever in our hearts. Light of hope that shines through the darkness. More magnificent than ever imaginable and all yours to embrace.
O.Dela Arts creates and performs Contemporary Indigenous performance and Community Arts experiences through dance, theatre, festival curation and storytelling. Founding Artistic Director, Olivia C. Davies, along with Artistic Associates Sophie Dow and Samantha Sutherland are grateful for the opportunity to share our dances with the Nozhem community.