a futuristic Indigenous dance concert

a collaboration between dance artists Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch, and artist-composer Elisa Harkins

On September 12, 13 & 14, 2022, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) presents Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ the result of a first-time collaboration between Hanako Hoshimi-CainesZoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins. Part futuristic Indigenous concert and part beautifully disconcerting dance performance, this trio strives to give visibility to what has been obscured within colonial aesthetic systems.

Choreographed and performed by Hanako Hoshimi-CainesZoë Poluch, and Elisa Harkins, who bring together their different cultural backgrounds and artistic experiences, with music composed by Elisa HarkinsRadio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ questions and challenges minimalism and aesthetic claims of neutrality in postmodern dance. The work combines disco and Indigenous languages in an effort to influence the fate of these endangered languages. Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ features songs by Elisa Harkins, some in Cherokee and Muscogee (Creek).

Within Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ there are many references to the number 3: there are 3 performers, the piece has 3 sections, and there are 3 duets, one being a triplet. Created and developed on the Muscogee Reservation in Oklahoma, in Stockholm, Sweden, and in Montréal, Québec, the piece brings together components and concerns that inform an interdisciplinary and counter-colonial approach to performance.

Credits & Acknowledgements

With and by: Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins
Music: Elisa Harkins
Producers: Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Zoë Poluch
Lighting Design: Paul Chambers
Costumes: Jade Tong Cuong
International Representation and Production: Norberg Management
Production coordinator: Tiera Joly Pavelich
Technical Direction: Öykü Önder
Sound: Joel Lavoie
Rehearsal Direction: Justin De Luna
Conversation partners: Ivanie Aubin-Malo, Maria Kefirova, k.g. Guttman, James Goddard, Katie Ward.
Co-production partners: MAI, MDT, Dance Victoria

Made possible with the support of:
Conseil des Arts du Canada, Kulturrådet/Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, The Stable and the Agora de la Danse.

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