Two choreographies by up and coming female indigenous artists.


iihksiisiinatsiistostiimao nipaitapiitsiin

Jessica McMann (Calgary)


The Wind That Takes Us (An excerpt from Gidaashi)

Olivia C. Davies (Vancouver)

iihksiisiinatsiistostiimao nipaitapiitsiin

Jessica McMann (Calgary)

Oct 23 - 7:30pm

cSPACE King Edward

iihksiisiinatsiistostiimao nipaitapiitsiin
Jessica mcmann (calgary)

Cree dance artist and musician Jessica McMann’s iihksiisiinatsiistostiimao nipaitapiitsiin is an excerpt of a 60 minute solo. It layers indigenous creation methods with two years of land-based research on Alberta’s Nose Hill and the Ghost River, and shares personal histories connected to land and displacement. Soundscapes, visuals, and movement create an intimate space, where we witness a personal story that draws us into a different time. Using the essence of Indigenous storytelling ways, Jessica brings the audience into an alternate time scape to experience adoption and the subsequent internal landscape of violence. The audience witnesses this journey through healing and cultural experiences.

ABOUT Jessica Mcmann

Jessica McMann is from Cowessess First Nation in Saskatchewan. She was adopted in the 80’s and raised in Calgary. She recently graduated from Simon Fraser University with a Master of Fine Art. Her research was around methods of Indigenous creation in dance and music. She is a traditional powwow dancer, hoop dancer, and classical musician. She has had the opportunity to present work across Canada and northern Europe. She is currently working on her first classical music CD to be released in 2020.


Choreographer: Jessica McMann
Performers: Jessica McMann
Composer/ sound design: Jessica McMann
Video editing: Anthony Lee

The Wind That Takes Us
(An excerpt from Gidaashi)

Olivia C. Davies (Vancouver)

Oct 23, 7:30pm


THE Wind that takes us (an excerpt from gidaashi)
olivia c. davies (vancouver)

Creating new ceremonies based on the traces mother nature makes, a woman is carried by the wind and grounded by the earth beneath her feet. An excerpt from the full-length work, Gidaashi, by Olivia C. Davies and Melissa Frost.

This new work in development from O.Dela Arts asks audiences to witness Indigenous women’s stories of displacement as an effect of colonization. Created by Olivia C. Davies (Anishinaabe) and Melissa Frost (Vuntut Gwichin), the interdisciplinary work combines spoken word, soundscape, and dance to speak about the reality of being stripped of cultural identity and the reassertion of language, protocol and ceremony.

ABOUT Olivia c. Davies

Olivia C. Davies is a Contemporary dance artist, choreographer, and community-arts facilitator of mixed Euro-Anishinaabe heritage based in Vancouver, BC. Her practice has intrinsic ties to politics and justice in the creation of works that explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. Her first full-length work “Crow’s Nest and Other Places She’s Gone” (2017) blends Contemporary dance, theatre, and street culture through an Indigenous lens. She is the founding Artistic Director of O.Dela Arts, Crow’s Nest Collective, and the Matriarchs Uprising Festival.


Choreographer: Olivia C. Davies
Performers: Olivia C. Davies
Sound Design: Olivia C. Davies with additional elements from Max Ulis
Poet: Melissa Matheson-Frost
Artistic Mentor: Raina Von Waldenburg