'Audiences don't need another history lesson': telling Indigenous stories through dance
Michael Greyeyes doesn't want people to just think about the weight of the history Canada has with Indigenous people — he wants you to feel it.
Greyeyes is an award-winning Plains Cree choreographer, director and actor, and he has created a dance-opera called Bearing, which premieres at Toronto's Luminato Festival next month. The aim here, according to Greyeyes, was "to dramatize, to manifest our personal experiences in a way that audiences might be able to ingest or absorb in a way that's different from when we watch the news, or when we look at a documentary, or a history book."
"Audiences don't need another history lesson," he continues. "It's necessary for people to understand this on a visceral level, and on a physical level."
Bearing premieres on June 22 at Toronto's Luminato Festival. For more information about performances, head over to Luminato's website.
— Produced by Elaine Chau