May 20–23, 2022

Sky Dancers

A’nó:wara Dance Theatre

Quebec

This stunning dance piece explores the devastating impacts of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907 and the generational connections between communities who ultimately persevere amid tragedy. 

An image of a performer for Sky Dancers

Photo by Brian Medina

Ticketing Information

Price Overview: $15 – $95, Pay What You Wish. Ages 14 and under are free.*

Venue Overview: Fleck Dance Theatre

Additional Information: Ages 12+

Overview

A visually stunning dance piece exploring the impacts of the Quebec Bridge disaster of 1907, which killed 33 Mohawk ironworkers from the community of Kahnawake. When the bridge collapsed while under construction, it caused a wave of after-effects that stretched out to the whole world. It is a universal story that touches on themes of disaster, families, community, resilience, and about building bridges between people and generations. Using both contemporary and traditional practices, direct descendant of this disaster Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo brings the past to the present in a way that will enthrall and resonate with audiences while deepening understanding of Indigenous people’s history. 

Supported by Bureau du Québec à Toronto

About A’nó:wara Dance Theatre 

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo leads the A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. Originally from Kahnawake, and now living in Montreal, Quebec, Barbara is Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) and has been a dancer and choreographer for more than 25 years. She specializes in combining traditional First Nation dance and contemporary styles, and her goal is to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit and increase education and communication. 

About Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo 

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) of mixed heritage originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal, Quebec. She is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 25 years, she specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous stories by combining powwow, Haudenosaunee dance and mainstream contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations and tastes. She has studied in many dance forms and graduated with a BFA in Theatre from Concordia University and the Native Theatre School. 

She takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally. Her most recent work was performed at the Banff Centre, the Montreal Olympic Stadium, the National Arts Centre, the Confederation Centre of the Arts (PEI), Harbourfront Centre, Place des Arts, Prismatic Festival Halifax and Festival Quartiers Danses. She was one of only eight dancers in North America invited to perform at Gathering of Nations (New Mexico), the world’s largest powwow, in its first-ever hoop dance competition (2015). 

Diabo also works with various organizations, including La Danse sur les routes du Québec and Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, to educate, help create safe spaces and support Indigenous artists across Canada. Her goal is to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit and increase education. 

Dates & Times

May 20
7:30pm

May 21
2pm
7:30pm

May 22
2pm

May 23
2pm

Venue

Fleck Dance Theatre

Queen’s Quay Terminal, 3rd Floor
207 Queens Quay West
Toronto ON M5J 1A7
Canada

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Price

*A purchase of one (1) ticket using the Pay Scale entitles you to one (1) free ticket for persons under the age of 14 for matinée performances only.

Keywords Dance