Dancing Through The Seasons
Artistic Director's Message
We are approaching the end of National Indigenous History Month, and Canada Day is almost here.
Over the years, I have been generously lifted up by many Indigenous artists, mentors and friends. I have been received, gifted and treated as family, and I am so grateful.
We had planned to send out Aeriosa’s Summer Solstice newsletter on National Indigenous Peoples Day to pay tribute to the Indigenous dancers, musicians, artists and knowledge keepers that Aeriosa works with and learns from.
While it is important to recognize and mark National Indigenous People’s Day it did not feel right for me to be celebrating this year. And I do not feel like celebrating Canada Day either.
When we were working with Deaf Theatre Artist Landon Krentz at the Playhouse earlier this month, we learned an American Sign Language gesture holding your first hand cupped on your heart and scooping your second arm in a circle towards yourself to place your fingers into the cupped hand.
There is no direct ASL translation into English for this sign, but the action describes a way of absorbing knowledge and taking it in.
I think listening, learning, and acting in support of Indigenous people is the best way I can acknowledge Canada Day.
Take care and stay caring,