Spirit and Tradition layers projected imagery, soundscape, and Coastal masked dance, immersing the audience into the rich and diverse ecosystem of British Columbia’s coastal mountains and Pacific Ocean. Spirit and Tradition’s key themes are reciprocity and ecological sustainability, conveying important cultural teachings on balance, interconnectedness, and community.
About the company:
The Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest Coast of British Columbia with a rich history of masked dance that inspires a compelling performance. The Dancers of Damelahamid has produced the annual Coastal Dance Festival since 2008. Their full-length works include Setting the Path (2004), Sharing the Spirit (2007) and Visitors Who Never Left (2009). Newly created works include Spirit Transforming (2012), In Abundance (2014), Flicker (2016), and Mînowin (2019). www.damelahamid.ca
In honour of Elder Margaret Harris whose wealth of knowledge and wisdom continues to be invaluable in guiding our family.
Elders: Elder Margaret Harris, Elder Betsy Lomax
Cultural Consultants: David Boxley, Lawrence Trottier
Artistic Director and Choreographer: Margaret Grenier
Performers: Nigel Baker-Grenier, Rebecca Baker-Grenier, Andrew Grenier, Margaret Grenier, Raven Grenier, Renée Harris, Scott Harris
Youth Performers: Mixk’aax Baker-Grenier , Pisim-Mohtew Baker-Grenier
Regalia: Rebecca Baker-Grenier, Andrew Grenier, Margaret Grenier, Chantal Harris
Carvers: Jim Charlie, Andrew Grenier, Scott Harris
Songs: Andrew Grenier, Margaret Grenier, Raven Grenier, Lawrence Trottier
Projection and Lighting Designer: Andy Moro
Projection and Set Artwork: Andrew Grenier
Sound Design: Ted Hamilton
Production Manager: Andrew Grenier
Technical Director: Andy Moro
Production Assistant: Carlos Castillo
The Dancers of Damelahamid acknowledge the unceded, ancestral, and traditional territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples upon whose lands we have created this work. We thank the teachings and guidance of our Elders and mentors, and the foundation that was laid for us by previous generations.
Spirit and Tradition was created with the support of: