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12 – 15 Jun 2019
A northern epic with the air of a post-apocalyptic ballad, exorcising the demons and undercurrents of violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples.
Fierce and visceral, Windigo resonates like a scream, the vibrant echo of a long history of hu-man ransacking and destruction, a violation of a land and its culture. Returning to her grand-mother’s home in the Lac Seul Reserve in northwestern Ontario, the Canadian choreographer of mixed Oji-cree and settler heritage Lara Kramer confronts a latent war lurking under the sur-face. A northern epic with the air of a post-apocalyptic ballad, Windigo exorcises the demons and undercurrents of the violence perpetrated against Indigenous peoples.
Overlapped mattresses slashed, ripped open by a knife, mutilated. A mishmash of resurrected objects, a breath of life in death. A no man’s land of destruction where Peter James and Jassem Hindi form a duo of wandering vagabonds, killing time and boredom, spewing out and subli-mating their pain. A contemporary ceremonial, the piece plays with strong symbols, powerful metamorphoses and intense emotion, sowing the seeds of hope in the midst of overwhelming devastation.
Kramer's works are carved with theatricality based vocabulary and rooted in her Indigenous heritage. Working with strong visuals and narrative, Kramer's work pushes the strength and fragility of the human spirit. Her work is political and potent, often examining political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples. The company has been invited to perform at festivals in across Canada and internationally in New Zealand, Greenland, Australia and Martinique.
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