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The Sash Maker | Rebecca Sadowski

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Mile Zero Dance (Spazio Performativo)

10816 95 Street

Edmonton, Alberta T5H 2E3

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Mile Zero Dance Presents: The Sash Maker; Choreographed by Rebecca Sadowski
Performed by Dancer, Ayla Modeste; and Poet, Naomi McIlwraith.

The Sash Maker is a collaboration between performing artist Rebecca Sadowski, and poet/author Naomi McIlwraith. The Sash Maker was first workshopped at Good Women Dance Collective’s “What’s Cooking?” showcase, before being presented at the Nextfest Festival in June of 2017. The piece has also been performed in Alberta Dance Alliance’s Feats Festival, and at Fort Edmonton Park.

Rebecca and Naomi met while working as historical interpreters for Fort Edmonton Park. They both felt a common pull towards exploring and researching their shared Métis heritage. They found a lot of shame and concealment surrounding their family’s backgrounds, and were inspired to explore ideas about Métis identity through art. The piece connects dance, poetry, and traditional finger- weaving together, promoting healing through deeply rooted cultural ties. The lives of the Métis have been woven together from a variety of cultures, traditions, and beliefs. It is a composite. It is a mixture. It is Métis.

“My people will sleep for one hundred years,
But when they awake, it will be the artists
Who give them back their spirit.”
-Louis Riel, July 4th, 1885


About Rebecca Sadowski
Rebecca is a performing artist, choreographer, and dance instructor based in Edmonton, Alberta. She has choreographed for the Nextfest Festival, Mile Zero Dance, Feats Festival, the Common Ground Found Festival, and Edmonton Fringe Festival. She teaches dance with dancED Movement Projects, the City of Edmonton, and Mile Zero Dance Outreach. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance from Ryerson University, and has performed with various theatre companies in Toronto including the Lower Ossington Theatre, Toronto Fringe Festival, Solar Stage Children’s Theatre, and Creativiva Incorporated. She is passionate about her Métis heritage, and has taught Métis and historical dance styles at Fort Edmonton Park. Rebecca is excited to be dancing with Mile Zero Dance, Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts, and Punctuate! Theatre this upcoming season.

About Naomi McIlwraith
Born and raised in amiskwacîy-wâskahikan, Naomi McIlwraith is a Métis writer, a teacher, a canoeist, a poet, and a conversationalist extraordinaire, a bird lover and a tree hugger with no apologies, a worrier and a warrior, and word weaver and a story teller with a heckuva story to tell! One more thing: she can start a fire with a flint and steel!

About Ayla Modeste
Ayla has been a dancer for most of her life. She was introduced to dance and native ceremonial practices at a young age and slowly began to weave the two together. She attended Edmonton School of Ballet while going to high school, then soon branched out to practice independently with the Orchesis Dance Program at the U of A. Her love for dance began to evolve into a profound healing journey where she continuously explored what expression meant to her in her spiritual and emotional life. Ayla created her company, Crystal Movement, in 2015. The company is a collective of dancers who create collaborative works as a way of healing and story telling. Crystal Movement is currently working on a piece that will showcase in early 2018. Ayla owns and operates a home-based massage therapy business, Autumn Rain Healing. She works with clients compassionately and holistically, while guiding them to functionality. Her hope is that others feel inspired to explore their creativity in an effort to share their wisdom with their communities.

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