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The Sun and the Moon

Inspired by Snuneymuxw author Celestine Aleck's story by the same name, choreographed by Holly Bright. We are excited to announce our new composer is Wayne LaVallee.

Thursday, July 5, 2018 | 7:30PM
The Port Theatre


The Sun and the Moon is created and directed by Holly Bright and based on a contemporary creation story by Snuneymuxw author, Celestine Aleck.  Dance artists, Genevieve Johnson and Nicola Jackson are magical performers and co-collaborators.  The work features an original score by Wayne LaVallee, costume design and construction by Graham McMonagle, lighting design by John Carter and video design by Chimerik.


A Celebration of Indigenous culture and Snuneymuxw and local dance artists with:

Footprints of the Wolf: a family drum circle from Snuneymuxw

Snuneymuxw Dance Group

The Secret Path: A contemporary trio created by 3 emerging dance artists, Lisa Deptuck, Halle Ebdrup, Mikaela Robinson, that is intended to raise awareness of the devastating effects of residential schools and deepen understandings of how this has affected all Canadians. 


Celestine Aleck, Sahiltiniye, is a practicing professional artist of Snuneymuxw First Nation lineage. She is a contemporary author, story teller, illustrator and interpreter of traditional stories.  Her work is published through Strong Nations Publishing Company in Nanaimo, and distributed throughout the country and especially to schools who wish to teach their child populations about Indigenous artists and the territory where they live. Author's Bio.


Samantha Letourneau

The White Room Performances

Hum | Lindy’s Hop | The Color White

Samantha Letourneau | Lindy Sisson | Nabil Sayes
Friday, July 6, 2018 | 8:00PM
The White Room | 4 Church Street, Nanaimo
OUR Culture!  Nanaimo; who we are!  Enjoy works in process and snippets of life created by Nanaimoites: established, newly located, and newly immigrated!
Lindy's Hop
An exploration of a dancer stuck behind a desk, the blindness of bureaucracy, the callousness of control and the fear of love - that lose out to the power of the light that shines within. "A cathartic slice of life - you might relate to."


This partially improvised work in progress by Samantha Letourneau is inspired by a hummingbird skeleton. Letourneau explores the mobility of this structure and the contrasts that exist within it - fragility, strength, restriction and freedom. Performed with musical guests: El Hombre Al Auga, Valentina Cardinalli and Angus Barter.
The Color White
Nabil Sayes is a Syrian artist from Aleppo who came to Nanaimo as a refugee.   He will present and discuss his film, The Color White. In his very first short film, Nabil tells us about the little Syrian girl Rama who lost all her toys under the rubble! Like many others, she then left Syria without knowing what happened to her family, finding refuge in one of the many camps in a neighboring country. Rama hides her most valuable things, her dreams and hopes in one small plastic bag that she took along with her from Syria. She always keeps an eye on it, waiting impatiently to return to Syria.

Kalabanté: Won’ma Afrique

Saturday, July 7, 2018 | 7:30PM 
The Port Theatre


"Won'Ma Afrique", meaning "our Africa" in the Susu language, is adapted from Kalabanté's "Afrique En Cirque" performance for the Montreal Council of the Arts tour of 2017-2018 -- symbolizing the strength, agility and the joy of living of african youth. Amazing acrobats, along with their musicians, run their authentic choreographies on the frantic rythmes of djembes from Guinea. This show radiates the diversity of African traditional arts combined with the virtuosity of the North American modern circus performance.

Special guests, Guinean artists, Kalabanté, offer a 3-day workshop; a free, outdoor, teaser-demo Friday; and a full show, Won’ma Afrique, Saturday at The Port Theatre. Formed in 2007 by Yamoussa Bangoura, a multidisciplinary artist of Guinean origin, these artists were discovered by Cirque du Soleil as they honed their unparalleled acrobatic skills on the beaches of their homeland. They join us at Nanaimo's 16th annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival to deepen our understanding and appreciation of African dance, drum, song and joy.
AJ MegaMan
NOLA Nighthawks
Timothy Allen


Nanaimo's own Timothy Allen,  NOLA Nighthawks, and AJ MegaMan.
THURSDAY, MAY 17, 2018  |  7:30PM
MALASPINA THEATRE I  Vancouver Island University
Crimson Coast Dance presents the premiere performance of a new collaboration between the NOLA Nighthawks 10 piece Jazz Band; Tap Dancer, Timothy Allen; and Urban Street Dancer, AJ MegaMan.

Crimson Coast Dance connected these local artists to create an evening especially for Nanaimo. IDENTITY is a show that takes you on a music and dance journey through time, that follows the evolution of their art forms while it invites audience members to recognize the impact of music and dance on their own identity. The question is simple, “Who are you?”
Combining their skills in tap, New Orleans jazz, and street dance, these artists pose questions that explore the ways music and movement enrich our lives and help us discover a vision of who we are or who we wish to become.  
"As youth, we select our circles of friends by the kind of music that resonates with us and sometimes we idolize and imitate artists who created that music. Every day, music revives memories that remind us who we are, and who we wish to be as we clap, tap, and listen."
-- Frank Fitzpatrick
“Everyone can find a part of their own identity within the scope of New Orleans music -- and if embraced, our identity becomes enriched through other aspects embedded within the history held in NOLA.  I have often said that jazz and dance evolved together.”
-- Andrew Homzy
By combining these three distinct artistic practices the artists will push their boundaries to find their own answers to the question "what is your Identity?"


Shay Kuebler & Radical System Art


FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2017  |  7:30 PM


Telemetry, created by one of Vancouver’s rising, emerging choreographers, Shay Kuebler, Artistic Director of Radial Art Systems Dance Company, draws on the word itself and was sparked by the use of portable radio transmitter-receivers to track wolves in the wild. Shay instinctively related the concept to his body and the idea that bodies are always receiving and sending out information; translating, digesting, endlessly making meaning and creating order out of chaos. The evening is a terrifically intense dance experience that mixes interactive sound and lighting with a physical language of swing, bebop jazz, and contemporary dance while showcasing Canadian tap virtuoso, Danny Nielsen.
Danny Nielsen, a master tap dancer, takes hoofing to new dimensions as he signals waves of sound movement that continually raise the stakes for dancers who receive the signals, match his virtuosity with their own athleticism, and transmit signals back. “The troupe heaves, rolls, dives, and toprocks, its explosive movement often staggered and fractured like spreading sound waves. Sometimes one of Nielsen's smashing feet can send bodies recoiling like they've received a 400-volt jolt, or it can bring the entire, sweat-soaked corps to a halt.” exclaims Janet Smith, Style and Arts Editor at the Georgia Strait. The translating, digesting and returning of signals creates a metaphor for life.
Love be best free

Love Be Best Free

By Danny Nielsen  |  Featuring Live Jazz vocals by Andrea Superstein


FEBRUARY 17, 2017  |  7:30 PM
A one hour tap dance extravaganza about love by Danny Nielsen featuring four of Canada's finest tappers accompanied by an outrageously talented jazz ensemble and vocalist, Andrea Superstein.
Four extraordinarily talented, world class, Canadian tap dancing men deliver a high energy performance fusing comedy, athleticism, and tap dance to tell a story about a man who gives it up for love at the risk of losing himself then faces the question of what is most important to his happiness. The performance includes accompaniment by a live jazz ensemble with vocals by Andrea Superstein. Featured tap artists are: Ryan Foley (Gregory Hines, Savion Glover, Heather Cornell), Johnny Morin, Tosh Sutherland, Matisse Quagila.
Quirky, arty, pop-jazz tour de force, Andrea Superstein (Montreal/Vancouver) heads up the live jazz ensemble made up of Michael Rush (Musical Director/Bass), Dean Thiessen (Piano), Bonnie Northgreaves (Trumpet).

The Mars Hotel

by dumb instrument Dance  |  A response to The Mars Hotel by P.W. Bridgman 
JANUARY 29, 2017  |  7:30
The Mars Hotel is a response, in movement and music, to author P.W. Bridgman's flash fiction of the same title. Choreographed and danced by Ziyian Kwan in collaboration with Noam Gagnon, a series of vignettes unravels the word "love", transfiguring it through kinetic imagery and sonic landscapes. The Mars Hotel has an original score by cellist Peggy Lee, performed live by the band Handmade Blade, featuring Aram Bajakian on guitar and JP Carter on trumpet. Five elite performers from Vancouver’s contemporary dance and music scenes bring to the stage, a bold exploration of relationship that engages and delights through humour, whimsy and poignancy. 
“ unapologetically promiscuous, polymorphous and perverse – Kwan’s queer take on love in The Mars Hotel is that she is interested in exploring its tropes in a manner that is deliberately askew, one that resists any totalizing grand narrative in favour of a slow accretion of episodes that are consistently off-kilter, that keep us off-balance and throw us off-course.   -Peter Dickinson, Performance, Place & Politics  
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