Where do we go from here? (Painted Dance Collective)

Painted Dance Collective

A non competitive studio space providing training opportunities for artistic and personal growth in Unama’ki/Cape Breton, NS.

Where do we go from here?

Community Project

Over the last two years we have been asking this question. Whether or not we ever had the answer didn’t change the fact that we did have to keep going. Keep making new decisions. Keep moving forward. We had to find a way to re-imagine and re-emerge after it felt like the world stopped. Within that was (still is) incredible struggle and loss. So how do we find the endurance to keep going? How do we grow around our grief?

This piece explores how collective awareness is fundamental to self awareness, using choreography that inspires individual decision-making within the group of dancers to create a visual for the idea. The ways in which we experience our surroundings, happenings, and communities, will affect how we individuate; in our identity, emotions, and choices. These experiences will activate us, challenge us, change us. Some of us will get lost, some of us won’t make it. The only thing for sure is that we go through it together.

Length of piece: ~20 minutes, Runs 6x every 40 minutes

Performance Times: 7:05pm 7:45pm 8:25pm 9:05pm 9:45pm 10:25pm

Join us in between sets for an all night dance party!


Land Acknowledgement

With construction still underway in Downtown Sydney, the festival will be hosted at Eltuek Arts Centre for this year. In line with Eltuek Arts Centre's land acknowledgment, we recognize that this festival occurs on the traditional and unceded ancestral territories of the Mi'kma'ki people.

Eymu'ti'k Unama'ki, newte'jk l'uiknek te'sikl Mi'kmawe'l maqamikal mna'q iknmuetumitl. Ula maqamikew wiaqwikasik Wantaqo'tie'l aqq I'lamatultimkewe'l Ankukamkewe'l Mi'kmaq aqq Eleke'wuti kisa'matultisnik 1726ek.

Eltuek Arts Centre is in Unama'ki, one of the seven traditional and unceded ancestral districts of the people of Mi'kma'ki. This territory is covered by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship which the Mi'kmaq first signed with the British Crown in 1726.

Ketu'-keknuite'tmek aqq kepmite'tmek ula tela'maiultimkip wjit maqamikew ta'n etekl mtmo'taqney. Ula tett, ula maqamikek, etl-lukutiek l'tunen aqq apoqntmnen apoqnmasimk aqq weliknamk Unama'ki.

We wish to recognize and honour this understanding of the lands on which we reside. It is from here, on these lands, that we work to create and support a culture of self-reliance and vibrancy on Unama'ki (Cape Breton Island).