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Crimson Coast Dance presents THE SUN AND THE MOON

Fri Apr 8th, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

A dance by Holly Bright and Celestine Aleck
Genevieve Johnson, Nicole Jackson

The Sun and the Moon is a dance work by Holly Bright based on a contemporary creation story by Snuneymuxw author, Celestine Aleck, and created with the talented and magical input of dance artists, Genevieve Johnson and Nicola Jackson.

It is a creation story. A story about how the Sun and the Moon are in relationship. A story of love, the arc it paints in the sky, and not without love’s sacrifice.

When next you witness a sunrise, sunset, an eclipse, a meeting of these two beings, remember that the Sun and the Moon are pulled toward eachother through the power of love and the love for the creatures of this planet whom they birthed into being.

Wayne Lavallee of Métis descent created the score. Costume design and visioning is by extraordinarily talented Graham McMonagle and by the passionate and generous, Mary Downes with input by Holly Bright. Construction is by Graham McMonagle, Mary Downes, Crystal Hanson, and Joann Swain. Lighting Design is in creation by an artist of particular innovation, John Carter. Video Design by an extraordinary group of IBPOC video artists based in Canada, Chimerik.com.

“Working with these artists and this design team is awe-inspiring. They are talented and generous. Celestine is at rehearsals, guiding, inputting, witnessing. The invitation by her to create this work has been a gift that has brought joy, healing, laughter and that deep, sweaty, fulfilling creative process to each of us. ‘i’ cun ci:t Shqwalawun. I am grateful from my heart for this project.” Holly Bright

The Sun and the Moon
A story by Celestine Aleck
and brought to life by Holly Bright and collaborators/performers, Genevieve Johnson and Nicola Jackson

Original score composed by Wayne Lavallee

Song and whispered story by Celestine Aleck

Costume evolution and construction by Graham McMonagle, Mary Downes, Crystal Hanson

Lighting Design by John Carter

Video Design by Chimerik

Drawings by Cole Melvin Good

Produced with the support of the BC Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts, Hamber Foundation.

Special thanks to Snuneymxuw elders, Lorraine Good and Melvin Good, Fine Balance Studio, dramaturgical contributors: Jo Leslie, Lynda Adams and exploratory contributors: Chiara Ackerman, Samantha Letourneau and Myriam Verzat.

Photo by Cara McKenna, Digital Treatment by Sofina Johnson

(Photo of Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet by Arrowsmith Media)

Opening the evening’s program is Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet performing two short pieces originally created for Sumsháthut Solstice Festival and Xwi’xwi’em, these dances are choreographed by NCB Director, Chantelle Ristine, to the music of William Good and Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design

(Photo of Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet by Arrowsmith Media)

Regular: $35 / Seniors: $27 / Students 19 & under: $15



Fri Apr 8th, 2022
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Port Theatre OffStage
125 Front Street
Nanaimo, British Columbia Canada