Red on Red

Visible Bodies Collective
Red on Red
Intrepid Presents
  • Dates: Jun 21, 2021 - Jun 26, 2021
  • Location:
  • Genre: Dance theatre, spoken word, physical theatre
  • Country: Lekwungen Territory

Showtimes

Jun
21
Monday
12:00 pm
Jun
22
Tuesday
07:00 pm
Jun
23
Wednesday
07:00 pm
Jun
24
Thursday
07:00 pm
Jun
25
Friday
07:00 pm
Jun
26
Saturday
07:00 pm

This performance will be available to watch on demand anytime between noon on Monday June 21 and midnight on Friday June 26. The video will be added to this event page, and you can watch the show during the available dates. This show is offered for free, but we encourage you, if you are able, to make a donation in lieu of a ticket to the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women of Colour (SNIWWOC). Donate here. 

What happens when four Indigenous women come together in a dance studio? Exploring social justice through arts practice, a collective of Indigenous artists co-created a shared vision healing violence through dance, performance and storytelling. Red on Red combines movement and text, and embodies the in-between space of life and death and advocates for the ones gone and lost.

Visible Bodies Collective, founded by Lindsay Delaronde (Kanienkehaka) and co-founders Cheryl Henhawke (Kanienkehaha, Seneca), Elowynn Rose (Metis), Nicole Mandryk (Annishaabe, Ukranian), is a newly formed Indigenous, inter-generational dancetheatre group who come from many nations, and places across Turtle Island. They have previously performed Red on Red as part of Dance Victoria’s Rough Cuts Series, and are in residence at Dance Victoria.

Accessibility

This  video is closed captioned.

Credits

Choreographer: Visible Bodies Collective
Director & Dramaturge: Jo Leslie
Performers: Lindsay Delaronde, Cheryl Henhawke, Nicole Mandaryk, Elowynn Rose
Welcome: Guy Louie Jr

About the artists

Cheryl Henhawk was born in South Western Ontario with Welsh/German and Seneca,  Kaniekehaka ancestral roots. Her art work has always been deeply rooted in the knowledge of  First Nations wisdom and ways of being. A Haundensaunee artist and mother, her life- long  creative processes have allowed her to find understanding to personal and historical impacts of  colonization. 

1987 -91 she attended at OCA in Toronto and, on Vancouver Island, she graduated from UVIC  in 2007 with a BA in Fine Arts. Driven in concept, Henhawke’s work has taken many forms over  the years, from poetry to fashion modelling and painting, layout, illustration & logo design,  assemblage installation & sculpture, organic material and wire weaving, wood & stone carving,  leather crafts, sewing, digital photography. Recently her work has evolved into live  performance, contemporary dance and collaborations with Indigenous productions. Cheryl was  on Scholarship with Raino Dance Studio – Summer 2017 and 18, training in contemporary dance with Kathy Lang, who she continues to study with at Seda Studio, Victoria. 

Gestured in abstract expression her life has uniquely unfolded in a conceptual theme she has  come to identify as Wound Bear. This serendipitous journey has profoundly guided her artistic  journey to express and explore personal, social and political belief systems. Bearing witness to  truths that ultimately have reconciled her faith in transformations. A reflection of what Bear  does with its wounds into dancing Bare. 

Cheryl’s earliest inspirations include her father, Mohawk artist Hilton Henhawke and early  nineteenth century Mohawk Poet Pauline Johnson. A century apart, both artists were born on  the Six Nations Oshweken reserve in S.W. Ontario and have processed in their lifework, the  Colonial impact specific to Iroquois & Woodland territories.


 

My name is Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde, I am a Kanienke’haka woman from Kahnawake.  For the past 13 years I have been a grateful, active and contributing guest on Lekwungen  territory, Victoria, BC. I hold a Masters degree in Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in the  Indigenous Communities Counseling Psychology Program from the University of Victoria. I  held the position as the first Indigenous artist in Residence from 2017-2019 and currently the  Indigenous Resurgence Coordinator for the Fine Arts Department at UVIC.  

My artistic practice focuses on Indigenous theatre, land-based/site-specific performance art,  collaborative practice, cultural resurgence and social/political activism through the arts. My  artistic media include photography, performance/theatre, movement/dance and visual studio arts.  

My journey as an artist over the past two years has focused on collaborative practice and  collaborative performances that reflect on reconciliation as a participatory action that involves  bearing Witness and observation that puts discussions of perspectives and values into action. I  have sought to take a critical stand regarding how art contributes to reconciliation. I have  explored reconciliation through working with non- Indigenous and Indigenous groups of people  to co-create artworks that symbolized unity, integration and respect. During my Indigenous artist  in residence for the city of Victoria, I created 18 diverse collaborative projects and have  contributed to the larger discourse regarding decolonization in the arts, reconciliation and  Indigenous art practice and protocols.


 

Nicole Mandryk is an Anishinaabe, Irish and Ukrainian woman living on the traditional territory of the Lekwungen, Esquimalt, and WSANEC nations. She is a grateful guest on these territories and raises her hands to the caretakers of the land and waters.

Nicole finished her Bachelors of Psychology with a minor in Indigenous studies at the University of Victoria. During this time she joined, Standing Nation, an urban drum group that sang traditional Anishinaabe pow wow songs at varying events around Victoria. Nicole developed her love for cultural singing and dancing in her time at Uvic and carried these songs forward through urban drum group A.N.S.W.E.R. Answer is an all Indigenous woman’s drum group which stands for All Nations Strong Woman for Education and Resurgence. The groups mandate is to speak to political issues happening in Indigenous communities through cultural songs and dances. Whilst in A.N.S.W.E.R, Nicole was introduced to Indigenous theatre through “Pendulum”, an all Indigenous showcase. Here Nicole began learning how to bring cultural expression and storytelling to a mainstream stage. She continues too be inspired by performative arts and is currently a cast member in the third showcase, “ Vision Quest”, UNO Fest and continues expressing herself within visual arts through traditional beadwork.


Elowynn Rose has lived and gratefully practiced her art on Lekwungen Territories for over 10 years. She is a multi-disciplinary, Metis performance artist and creator, whose creative process is grounded in storytelling. She often brings  abstract experiences into a visual woven medicine of varying elements, spanning dance, movement, clown and spoken word.

She has worked with a wide range of Victoria arts organizations in various capacities, including the Belfry Theatre (Learning Exchange Residency 2019), Intrepid Theatre (Fringe Indigenous Artist Program and Artist Residency 2020-21), Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Critical thinking strategies through art facilitation, 2018) and Dance Victoria (Artist in Residence program 2020).


As a creator, currently she is directing her passion and activism toward developing her first full length solo show, Finding Home, which will premiere at the Victoria Fringe Festival 2021. This personal story of reclamation is about her experience as a sixties scoop survivor and finding her own voice as a woman and a Métis artist.

 

Showtimes

Jun
21
Monday
12:00 pm
Jun
22
Tuesday
07:00 pm
Jun
23
Wednesday
07:00 pm
Jun
24
Thursday
07:00 pm
Jun
25
Friday
07:00 pm
Jun
26
Saturday
07:00 pm

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Intrepid Theatre respectfully acknowledges that we are located on the traditional and unceded territories,
of the Lekwungen People, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.