Nimihitowin! 45-65 minutes variable by client 8-10 dancers
Powwow dance, hoop dance and Métis jigging are beautiful expressions of Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture. Celebrate this rich cultural treasure with the Cree, Blackfoot and Métis dancers of Nimihitowin!. You’ll be mesmerized by the dramatic dancing and spectacular regalia alongside the subtle beauty of Native American flute songs. Insightful commentary about each dance enhances the performance as you experience the stunning vibrancy of Indigenous culture through dance. This piece is for indoor theatre and school performances only. Contact for pricing.
This work has been presented at the Vancouver International Children's Festival (2018), Calgary Board of Education schools (2018), corporate client events, Hope Lutheran Church (2018), and is a favourite for schools and young audiences.
Powwow Mash-Up 15-30 minutes 3-8 dancers Powwow Dance styles are shared in a high-energy non-stop dance performance to live and recorded music. This performance is popular for corporations, outdoor performances, schools, and smaller festivals. The styles of dance and length of performance are customizable to clients needs.
This work has been presented in Revelstoke (BC), Surrey (BC) and Calgary for young audiences, corporate and non-profit clients, and schools. This is a smaller work that is popular with smaller festivals and schools.
The titles translates from Blackfoot to english as "tellings stories using dances". This work shares stories through hoop dance, using traditional and contemporary styles. This work can be presented in theatres as well as outside stages, schools and variable performance spaces.
This work and its accompanying workshop had its premier with New Works (2019). The accompanying workshop has also been presented by Made in BC. (2019)
Natoowapakaa'ksiiks 20 minutes
Natoowapakaa'ksiiks is a contemporary piece that was developed by Jessica McMann and Elijah Wells. This piece shares the intimate journeys of the creators identity. The pain of not being true to oneself, and leaning on the help of the persons two-spirits, the coming in and acceptance, and the balance found afterward share a narrative of being two-spirit. Music is composed by Adrian Alphonso (Cree), animations by Elijah Wells (Kainai) and narration by Molly Wells (Kainai). This piece was developed with support from Fairy Tales Presentation Society, Quickdraw Animation, Jean Francois Cote.
This was presented at Fairy Tales Film Festival 2012, Talking Stick Festival 2012, Calgary Storytellers Festival 2012,
Too Good; That May Be 50 minutes Solo This work is a solo immersive soundscape performance commissioned by the Urban Shaman Gallery for the 60's Scoop exhibition in April 2017. The work traces memory from womb-time to age 24. The artist used government documentation pertaining to her adoption, as well as over 20 hours of interviews with family. Jessica created ten tracks that then plays through ten different speakers during the performance. The performance is set in the round, and audience members sit inside the sound circle. Projections appear on the floor, with the title projected on a wall. This work is suitable for galleries, theatres and alternative performance spaces.
Photo above is from "Too Good; That May Be"
Solo Powwow and Hoop Dance Performances
Please contact for information on Powwow performances and Hoop Dance performances. This is available for Canada Day, National Aboriginal Day, Stampede Week, and any other major event or corporate celebration.