Home: Our Way ~ creative writing and movement cricle workshop
Crimson Coast Dance Society is pleased to offer to Indigenous women in our community
Facilitated by Indigenous artists Olivia Davies (Anishinaabe / French Canadian) and Rosemary Georgeson (Coast Salish / Sahtu-Dene)
Friday, April 17: 6-9pm
Saturday, April 18: 11am-4pm
Sunday April 19: 11am-3pm
Rotary Fieldhouse, 850 Third Street Nanaimo, Nanaimo, BC (Park at Serauxmen Fields off 3rd)
Information/Sliding Scale Registration: crimsoncoastdance.org, 250.716.3230
Home: Our Way is a women’s writing and movement circle that provides safe space to explore ideas of refuge, transition, identity, cultural norms, blood memory and ultimately what it means to be “at home” in one’s experience. Participants will be guided through writing prompts and gentle movement explorations that encourage authentic reactions and creative responses to the question of “Home” as state of being. We delve into our own personal legacy stories with tender loving care for our bodies, hearts, minds and spirits. We move stories through our bodies and find shapes that give us a sense of comfort, refuge, courage, and resilience. Words that emerge from our bodies following movement exploration are put to the page as reflections jotted down into personal notebooks. We witness one another as we share space and co-create a moving poem that includes words and gestures brought forward from our explorations. Curiosity and creativity are encouraged. We create a safe space agreement together and agree that anything shared in the workshop is kept confidential. No previous experience required.
Participants: Indigenous women-identified persons, 18+
Outcome: Throughout the workshop, participants will accumulate words and movements that reflect back to them their own way of finding home in their experience. These words and movements will be gathered together as a sacred bundle. Rosemary and Olivia help to build a collective moving poem from the bundle that includes parts (words and/or movements) from each participant. Together, we may choose to invite friends and family to witness the moving poem on the last hour of the workshop. Personal notebooks remain the property of the participant. Local community resources for mental health wellness will be distributed.
Lead artists: Olivia C. Davies is a mixed-Anishinaabe-Kwe dance artist and Rosemary Georgeson is a Sahtu-Dene Coast Salish storyteller. Both are community-engaged artists and are founding members of the Vancouver-based Crow’s Nest Collective. They have co-facilitated Home: Our Way together workshops since 2016 with support from partnerships with Made in BC ~ Dance on Tour, Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, The Firehall Arts Centre, Prince Rupert’s Lester Centre for the Arts, Simon Fraser Student Society’s Women’s Centre, and the Vancouver Aboriginal Child and Family Services Society.