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Chapter 21

September 29th - October 3rd, 2021

Chapter 21

A World Premiere Presented by Firehall Arts Centre and Produced by Raven Spirit Dance, in association with the PHT Creative Hub Cooperative.

 

Produced by Raven Spirit Dance Chapter 21 is choreographed by Starr Muranko and directed by Yvette Nolan. This dance/theatre piece explores what happens when a vibrant, active artist comes face to face with a crippling collision of events. Chapter 21 is a reflection on the days that have come to pass, and the art of becoming. A new baby boy; Chromosome 21; the big “C” diagnosis, 21 days between treatments, and 21 days to re-pattern beliefs; Courage; Faith; Resilience.

When Starr started working on Chapter 21, it was a personal story of a journey through an unpredictable and challenging time. I came to the work as an outside eye, watching to see how this story would speak to audiences who did not share the same experience. Chapter 21 is a story of resilience, of loss and moving through grief, of committing to the path forward without knowing the outcome. Yes, I thought, audiences will be engaged by this story, be compelled to empathy by Starr’s telling of this chapter of her life. And then the pandemic washed over us all. Production of Chapter 21 was postponed, then postponed again, although the development of the work continued in cautious and socially distanced ways. Now, here we are, on the eve of the premiere at the Firehall, and the themes of resilience and courage are suddenly much more present. We are all still living with this thing, and yet we go on, striving to be grateful, committing to life, to loving, to the people around us. We are all experiencing our own Chapter, looking forward to turning the page.

Each performance will be accompanied by a talk back with Starr, hosted by a different guest moderator each night. The talk back guest schedule is as follows:
Wed Sept 29th – Donna Spencer
Thurs Sept 30th – Lisa Gelley Martin
Friday Oct 1st – Kathy Welter
Sat Oct 2nd – Michelle Olson
Sun Oct 3rd – Mary Cardle

Production Credits
CHOREOGRAPHED & PERFORMED BY: Starr Muranko
DIRECTOR: Yvette Nolan
COMPOSER: Edgardo Moreno
LIGHTING DESIGN:  Jonathan Kim
STAGE MANAGER:  Amanda Parafina
COSTUME DESIGN: Jeanette Kotowich
MENTORS: Alvin Tolentino and Michelle Olson
VIDEOGRAPHER: Sophia Wolfe
PHOTOS: Melanie Orr (site specific) and Erik Zennström (theatre)

Chapter 21 was developed in association with the PHT Creative Hub Cooperative

Performer: Starr Muranko
Starr Muranko is a Vancouver-based choreographer/dancer and has been Artistic Associate with Raven Spirit Dance since 2009.  She honours and celebrates her mixed heritage of Cree (Moose Cree First Nation), French and German in all of her work.  Her choreography has been shared both locally and nationally including the Talking Stick Festival, Coastal Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge, Weesageechak Begins to Dance, Impact Festival and InFringing Dance Festival. She has been a company member of the  Dancers of Damelahamid since 2005, touring across Canada and internationally, and is passionate about sharing dance and culture with children and youth.

 

DIRECTOR: Yvette Nolan
Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) is a playwright, director and dramaturg. Recent works include the play The Unplugging, the dance-opera Bearing, the libretto Shawnadithit, the short play-for-film Katharsis. She co-created, with Joel Bernbaum and Lancelot Knight, the verbatim play Reasonable Doubt, about relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan. From 2003-2011, she served as Artistic Director of Native Earth Performing Arts in Toronto. Her book, Medicine Shows, about Indigenous performance in Canada was published by Playwrights Canada Press in 2015. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Public Policy at Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

 

COMPOSER: Edgardo Moreno
Edgardo Moreno is  a Canadian- Chilean composer that has been commissioned  for projects in Canada, Venezuela, Mexico, Sweden, Argentina, Colombia,England and USA.   He has worked extensively with indigenous contemporary dance choreographers and artists including Penny Couchie,  Justin Manyfingers, Alejandro Ronceria,  Rulan Tangen, Starr Muranko ,Tasha Faye Evans, Carlos Rivera, Sara Roque.  He is presently working in creating video and live sound pieces that are part of his Fireflyproject. www.musicamoreno.com  www.fireflyproject.

 

 

LIGHTING DESIGN:  Jonathan Kim
Jonathan Kim, better known as Jono, is a Jessie nominated lighting designer living, creating and practicing his art on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples. Jonathan is a member of the Associated Designers of Canada and holds a BFA from SFU’s Production and Design program. He is also a member of Chimerik 似不像, an interdisciplinary collective. His most recent works include: Playthings (Affair of Honor); Wanted (CAMP); Departure (TWObigsteps); Same Old, Same Old (Belfry Theatre); and I, Claudia (Arts Club).

 

STAGE MANAGER:  Amanda Parafina
Amanda Parafina is a performing arts stage manager and producer. She has grown up, lived and worked throughout the unceded and ancestral territories of the Kwantlen, Tsawwassen, Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. With a BFA in Theatre Design & Production from UBC, Amanda also currently works as the Festival Producer for Vines Art Festival and is grateful to be able to continue working on various projects in between. Thank you to Starr, Raven Spirit Dance, and everyone involved in Chapter 21 for continually allowing me to be a part of this beautiful process.

 

COSTUME DESIGN: Jeanette Kotowich
Jeanette is a multi-disciplinary iskwêw, independent dance artist, creator, choreographer and Auntie Culture enthusiast of Nêhiyaw Métis and mixed settler ancestry. Originally from Treaty 4 territory Saskatchewan, she creates work that reflects Nêhiyaw/Métis cosmology within the context of contemporary dance, Indigenous performance, and Indigenous futurism. Fusing interdisciplinary collaboration, de-colonial practices and embodied research methodologies; Jeanette’s work references protocol, ritual, relationship to the natural/spirit world and Ancestral knowledge. Her practice is intergenerational and vocational; it’s a living and lived experience. Jeanette resides as a guest on the Ancestral and unceded Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) əl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ/ (Tsleil-Waututh) and Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) territories, colonially known as Vancouver.

 

MENTORS:
Alvin Tolentino
Alvin Erasga Tolentino has contributed dance for Vancouver’s community spanning three decades as dancer, choreographer and arts leader. He is the artistic director of Co.ERASGA. Tolentino’s  creative relationship with Starr began as far back as 2008 in the making of “Spider Woman” for Big Sky Collective. The two artists have remained friends and artistic collaborators since. Alvin is honoured and continues to learn along with Starr working creatively to make dance a bigger gift for us all.

 

 

Michelle Olson
Michelle Olson is a member of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation and the Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance. She studied dance and performance at the University of New Mexico, the Aboriginal Arts Program at the Banff Centre and was an Ensemble Member of Full Circle First Nations Performance.  Michelle works in areas of dance, theatre and opera as a choreographer, performer and movement coach and her work has been seen on stages across Canada. Selected choreography/theatre credits include Gathering Light (Raven Spirit Dance), Salmon Girl (TYA – Raven Spirit Dance), Map of the Land, Map of the Stars (Gwaandak Theatre), Frost Trees Exploding Moon (Raven Spirit Dance), Mozart’s Magic Flute (Vancouver Opera), The Ecstasy of Rita Joe (Western Canada Theatre/National Arts Centre), Death of a Chief (Native Earth Performing Arts/National Arts Centre) and Evening in Paris (Raven Spirit Dance).

 

VIDEOGRAPHER: Sophia Wolfe
Sophia Wolfe is a dance artist who also works in visual media including photography, film, and video art. She typically is from Vancouver, Canada on unceded Coast Salish territories, of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations and is currently in London completing her MA in Screendance at the London Contemporary Dance School. Sophia has danced and toured with companies and independent choreographers such as Company 605, Co-Erasga, Chick Snipper, Cindy Mochizuki, Kelly McInnes, Antonio Somera, Zahra Shahab, The Only Animal and New World Theatre.

 

 

This production is not suitable for children.