dancing in the belly of the dragon

JULY 6-9, 2017



• TRADITIONAL SONG & DANCE | Snuneymuxw Dancers
• BODY OF WATER RESIDENCY PERFORMANCE | conceived by Nicole Mion of Springboard Performance

facilitated by Nicole Mion, Danielea Castell & Genevieve Johnson
VI Conference Centre, Dodd Narrows Room
Thursday, July 6 | 7:00 pm
Tickets $25.00 
Water is personal. Water is political. Water is essential. Water has always connected this country.


Plunging into the waters of collective identity, Body Of Water is an accumulation of experience, questions, histories, debate through the body, performance, photography, film, digital exchange, ritual and dance.

The goal of the show is to celebrate our shared roots in this place we call home, to build community and inspire water stewardship through creativity with, around and in local waters, and to bring an outdoor experience of art making to our INdoor audience.

A new presentation was developed in Nanaimo, May 8 to 20 and presented OUTside by local participants who love water. It was directed by Calgary-based guest artist, Nicole Mion, Water ceremonialist, Danielea Castell, and dance artist, Genevieve Johnson from Nanaimo. The group explored our streams and rivers and chose brother Millstone River and mother ocean at Neck Point Park as the research, creation, and presentation venue and shared their explorations with the general public on May 20.

We are bringing that exquisite experience indoors with a goal to recreate the natural beauty and feeling of being outside near these water sources with a nature-based installation by artist Mark Roch.

Snuneymuxw Dancers: www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSVtUxdo9tQ
Springboard Performance: springboardperformance.com
Danielea Castell: www.watergratitudeproject.com

Battery Opera | Lee Su-Feh

The White Room - 4 Church Street

Friday, July 7 | 8:00PM
Saturday, July 8 | 2:00PM Matinee

Tickets $25.00 
“My body is an archive of my experiences, my sensations, my history, my ancestors.” –Lee Su-Feh
Lee Su-Feh explores these ideas through story-telling, song, movement and our electronic devices. Along the way, she creates a space that is part ceremony, part conference, part confessional. 
The Things I Carry is a work that was developed during the Migrant Bodies Project, an E.U.-sponsored choreographic project aimed at opening up a civic and artistic reflection on migrations and their cultural impact for the European and Canadian societies.
Battery Opera | Lee Su-Feh www.batteryopera.com


• UNWRAPPING CULTURE | Co. ERASGA with Alvin Tolentino & Pichet Klunchun
• HIP HOP POW WOW | with Angela Miracle Gladue, DJ All Good, & Wass Wuttunee

VI Conference Centre, Dodd Narrows Room
Saturday, July 8 | 7:00pm
8:30pm | DANCE PARTY! Stay and dance with us after the show! Pack your dancing shoes and celebrate who you are and who we are together in a rock down dance party.
Tickets $25.00 
UNWRAPPING CULTURE | Co. ERASGA with Alvin Tolentino & Pichet Klunchun 
“A passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.” -The Georgia Straight.
A bold international collaboration exposes the clash between traditional and modern Thailand.
Unwrapping Culture brings together two exceptional male dance artists: Canada’s own Alvin Erasga Tolentino, and Pichet Klunchun, an outstanding exponent of the Thai classical dance style of Khon, who is known internationally for contemporizing this ancient form. Their first collaboration combines the technique, theatricality and storytelling elements of Khon to create a devastating critique of the corruption of authentic Thai culture by the forces of commercialization, in a passionate and bitingly funny duet which immerses the audience in the conflict between traditional and modern.
Tolentino has been exploring cultural identity from the perspective of his Filipino-Canadian heritage for over a decade, and Klunchun –has caused uproar in his native Thailand with his explorations placing the revered art of Khon in a more contemporary context.
Both Pichet and I have a strong interest in how cultures develop and change, for better or worse,” says Tolentino. “This work -is loud, hard-hitting, satirical – but underneath we are asking globally serious questions about who owns and defines cultural heritage, and specifically about how Thailand’s traditional culture is being turned into a commodity.
The performers share the stage with hundreds of cheap plastic toys and trinkets found in any Thai street market, and the audience moves freely around the space throughout the piece for a completely immersive experience.
• HIP HOP POW WOW | with Angela Miracle Gladue, DJ All Good, & Wasaskwun Wuttunee
Nanaimo indigenous and non-indigenous youth spent a week together to take steps toward Reconciliation and a shared future with A Tribe Called Red dancer, Angela Miracle Gladue, Turntablist DJ All Good, and Cree-hop performer Wasaskwun Wuttunee. This is the outcome of the process that these amazing teens were facilitated through as they explored, created, learned, and shared ideas, stories, fun, and friendship together.
Angela Miracle Gladue instagram.com/misschiefrocka
DJ All Good about.me/djallgood
Wasaskwun Wuttunee reverbnation.com/Wass


with Melissa Nobels

Maffeo-Sutton Park - Entertainment Stage
Saturday, July 8 | 9:30AM
Registration $15 
Cacao is the pathway to the hearts calling… This small and beautiful bean is so revered for its heart opening effects that its journey has carried it world wide. Today Cacao has reclaimed its position as a sacred ceremonial medicine and is being offered here within a shamanic ecstatic dance ritual of letting go and manifestation.
Join Melissa Nobels for a sacred Cacao blessing ceremony and ecstatic dance. Firstly we will arrive from the ordinary into the non-ordinary, gathering in circle and sip the alchemical blend of cacao with other powerful herbs as we share our intentions of what it is we are blessing and letting go and what we are calling into being...
We will then set our prayers into motion through the sacred tool of ecstatic dance in unison with the wisdom of the 5 elements – Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. It is during the dance that the cacao activates within the body and the heart, allowing a truly transformative and ecstatic process to unfold. We will finish the ceremony with 5 elements sacred touch to honour our body temples and to integrate the elemental gifts we awakened.


with Alvin Tolentino & Pichet Klunchun of Co.ERASGA

Vancouver Island Conference Centre - Dodd Narrows Room

Sunday, July 9 | 9:30AM


Looking at the work Unwrapping Culture presented July 8 as a point of departure, this dialogue explores the commodification of culture. From access to the past to re-creation of the future, between authenticity and consumerism, on the notion of our personal experiences of globalization, expansion, colonialism and excess, how do we share and understand culture?

with Alvin Tolentino of Co.ERASGA

Vancouver Island Conference Centre - Dodd Narrows Room
Sunday, July 9 | 11:00AM
Registration $15 
15 years and up, all levels of experience. There is something for everyone in this class.
Giving back to the community. Creative outreach plays a great role in Co.ERASGA's mandate: transforming dance as an educational tool to reach audiences and the different communities we share and serve. At home, across the country and internationally, Co.ERASGA's outreach promotes cultural diversity through teaching, special workshops, dialogue and advocacy.
Alvin will teach a modern dance class suited for professional and non-professional dancers . His teaching history includes; Vancouver, CADA BC; Salerno, Italy, Scuola Di Danza; Manila, Philippines, Ballet Philippines at the Cultural Centre of the Philippines; and in Laon, France, the Music and Dance Conservatoire.

by Samantha Letourneau with Holly Bright & Lee Su-Feh

The White Room - 4 Church Street
Thursday, July 6 | 9:30PM
Tickets $10 
A showing of a work in progress by Samantha Letourneau, Holly Bright and facilitated with the public by Lee Su-Feh of Battery Opera.
A physical exploration of the  United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and in particular General Recommendation 19.  CEDAW  is described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for action to end such discrimination. General recommendation 19, or Article 19 of this convention speaks directly about violence against women, it includes acts that inflict physical, mental or sexual harm or suffering, threats of such acts, coercion and other deprivations of liberty.
This work is part of Samantha Letourneau’s post project for the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute( WHRI) housed in the Women’s  studies department at the University of Toronto.  In 2016, Samantha was selected as a participant for this program.  WHRI accepts  20 women  yearly from all over the world to  explore and learn about “important milestones such as the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and  the U.N. Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples” . http://learnwhr.org/registration/

Register for the Sharing Dance Canada Flashmob!

Sharing Dance Canada Project
Choreographed by Canada National Ballet
Maffeo-Sutton Park - Entertainment Stage
Sunday, July 9 | 4:00PM
NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY...just community spirit!

We are seeking community movers, dancers and shakers to take part in this fantastic program ~a flash mob that will also take place in cities across Canada! ~ and perform it at the 19th annual InFrinGinG Dance Festival, 2017! NO DANCE EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.. just community spirit!
It is Canada's National Ballet School's flagship community outreach initiative offering FREE dance programs to Youth and Adults. A chance for us to be active together!
Over the next few weeks, you will learn a short dance routine via YouTube and a few local rehearsals facilitated by local dance teacher and flash mob organizer, Chiara Ackerman. Then, join us on July 9th from 4-4:30 at Maffeo Sutton park to present our routine together outside at the InFrinGinG Dance Festival!
REGISTER using the form on the left, and you will be connected to the Flash Mob facilitator, Chiara Ackerman for rehearsal updates and event low down. And be sure to google - Sharing Dance 2017!
For those who use chairs to dance, learn this section: youtube.com/watch?v=sqVEHGobWeU&sns=em
All others learn these sections: 8a, b, c, d, 9, 10: nbs-enb.ca/Sharing-Dance/Videos/learn-the-choreography
Photo: The Melissa Nobels, a MerLADY if there ever was one!
MerFOLK SPLASHMOB! | featuring Nanaimo Diamonds Synchronized Swimmers
Maffeo-Sutton Park | Swy-a-lana Lagoon
Sunday, July 9 | 5:00PM
Join us and Nanaimo Diamonds Seanchronized Swimmers as we gather, splish, splash and sing our siren song to the love of water!
Shine in your MerOUTFIT, gather on the rocks or sand at Swy-A-Lana Lagoon, share the mysteries of the sea, the undeniable song, the siren's call and our beautiful tails through an easy movement sequence you can find online. Flhip, Flhop, Roll, Splash, & Sing! You will MesMERize!
Be inspired by the MerPERSONS of various cultures:
Greek: Siren, Africa: Mami Wata water spirits, Middle East: Abdulla the mermen, Brazil: Lara, Lady of the waters, Haiti: Lasirn, France: Melusine, Japan: Ningyo, Russia: Rusalka, Greenland: Sedna, Scotland: Selkie, Norway: Finfolk, Femme Fatales, Sirenia
- Meet At Swy-A-Lana Lagoon
- Dress in your MerOUTFIT, choose a cultural interpretation or make up your own!
- Upon arrival HOP to your spot on the rocks or sand,
perform the choreography you have learned online and mesMERize the audience!
For those who wish to learn the step by step choreography:


All outdoor events take place in Maffeo-Sutton Park alongside the Save-on-Foods Nanaimo Dragonboat Festival.  
OUTDOOR VENUES:     ES  Entertainment Stage       SL  Swy-a-lana Lagoon       PG  Park Grounds
Located in Maffeo-Sutton Park next to the Nanaimo Dragonboat information booth. Purchase tickets, register for workshops and learn more about the inspirations that underlie the festival performances.



4:00PM | African Dance & Drum | VooDoo Dave & Guests   ES 
5:00PM | Community Drum Circle
| VooDoo Dave & Guests   ES 
Bring your drum, some provided


11:30AM | Egyptian Belly Dance | Ramona   ES 
12:00PM | DRAGONBOAT OPENING CEREMONY | Snuneymuxw First Nation Blessing   SL 
1:00PM | Prayer & Temple Dance: Goddess Persephone | Christina Kottori    ES 
1:30PM | Workshop: Zorba Dance! | Christina Kottori   ES 
Made famous by the 1964 film Zorba the Greek, this dance is a traditional greek dance called Syrtaki
2:00PM | Dances of Alert Bay Kwakwaka’wakw First Nations   ES 
3:00PM | Nanaimo International Jazz Festival    ES 
directed by Andrew Homzy with NOLA Nighthawks
with Tap & Swing dancersKat Single-Dain & Timothy Allen
4:30PM | Willie Thrasher    ES 


9:00AM | ELVIS | A little bit of gospel-a little bit of rock n roll   ES 
In honour of lives well lived and interrupted by cancer   SL 
12:30PM | Temple Dance Fusion Performance
| Melissa Nobels   ES 
1:00PM | Temple Dance Fusion Workshop
| Melissa Nobels   ES 
1:30PM | Khon Workshop
| Pichet Klunchun of Co. ERASGA   ES 
2:30PM | Brasilian Samba Parade
| Axe Capoeira   PG 
3:00PM | Brasilian Capoeira Performance
| Axe Capoeira   ES 
3:30PM | Samba & Reggae Dance & Music Class
| Axe Capoeira   ES 
4:00PM | Sharing Dance Canada Project
| choreographed by Canada National Ballet   ES 
Open Public Participation Flash Mob
5:00PM | MerFOLK SPLASHMOB! | featuring Nanaimo Diamonds Synchronized Swimmers!   SL 
Bring your Mer outfit, learn the moves online & swim along!
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