"Unrelated", Daina Ashbee. Photo: © Alejandro Jimenez
Daina Ashbee (Montréal)
3 + 4 oct.
Daina Ashbee began working on Unrelated in 2012, a creation that expresses the struggle of Aboriginal women through a reconstruction of their identities. It is a dark and cruel work about the disappearance of hundreds of Aboriginal women in Canada, but that also explores the absence of self, and addiction. With a disconcerting lucidity, Unrelated unveils the feeling of emptiness: the loss of Aboriginal language, rituals, etc. Daina Ashbee’s dance draws on contemporary and traditional language; her creations are deliberately dark, vulnerable, and often sensual. A study of the subconscious in its corporeality, the choreographer deconstructs the frames of reference that conditioned her personal image. Excellently interpreted by two dancers, Unrelated will tour to four Mexican cities in 2015.
Born in British Columbia, Daina Ashbee is of Dutch, Cree and Métis descent. She has choreographed for Dance Matters (2013), the Talking Stick Festival (2010, 2012) and danced for the battery opera and Kokoro Dance Theatre Companies, among others.
Daina Ashbee, through the MAI’s mentorship program – Creation and career development, has benefited from financial support from the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec and the Ville de Montréal under the agreement on the cultural development of Montreal 2013–2015. Daina Ashbee also benefitted from a creation residency at Studio 303.