Arts Company presents REMEMBRANCES contemporary dance at Birmingham Festival 2022
Cross-cultural theater and arts company Border Crossings will present MEMORIES, a new collaborative dance performance, at the 2022 Birmingham Festival – the region’s biggest ever celebration of creativity and one of the biggest cultural programs of the Commonwealth Games. This haunting dance piece is part of the company’s ORIGINS festival, which has provided space for Indigenous peoples to share their cultures in Britain since 2009. In line with the Commonwealth Games, Border Crossings partners with contemporary Indigenous dancer b .solomon// ELECTRIC MOOSE and independent dance company AVA DANCE COMPANY, to ask how we can welcome Indigenous people as visitors to the city, country and land. Who are we now to welcome you?
As Birmingham prepares to host the long-awaited 2022 Commonwealth Games, MEMORIES reflects on the difficult history of colonial injustices. In times of #BlackLivesMatter, how do we truly welcome First Nations people from Commonwealth countries? This dance performance will explore how contemporary Britain has moved from a former imperial center to a multicultural space, and how the nation can open up to appropriate and equal exchange with the people whose lands it has colonized.
Supported by DanceXchange and presented as part of the Birmingham International Dance Festival 2022, MEMORIES brings together diverse artists from the Midlands and First Nations of Canada in dialogue. The beautiful and poignant dance showcases the incredible ability of this art form to move audiences and spark vital conversations about the welcome, protocol and recognition of Indigenous people traveling in the UK. This collaboration sees leading creative thinkers and experts in their field generate a stunning dance performance that is both an exploration of shared histories and a new welcoming ceremony for the Commonwealth Games.
Commissioned as part of Festival Birmingham 2022 and generously supported by the Canada Council for the Arts and the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom.
Supported by public funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of England.
The event runs from Friday 24e June – Sunday 26e June 2022 at City Center Gardens, Cambridge Street, Birmingham. It is free and recommended for ages 14 and up.
Border Crossings is a unique cross-cultural theater company that has worked across borders between cultures and art forms, and between nations and peoples, since 1995. For 26 years, the company has worked with artists, audiences and communities ranging from Chinese to Maori, to refugees in Rome. No other arts organization works with and champions such a wide range of peoples, practices and ideas, collaborating with some of the most important artists in the world today. The Border Crossings ORIGINS Festival is the UK’s only large-scale, multi-disciplinary Aboriginal arts and culture festival.
AVA DANCE COMPANY
AVA DANCE COMPANY creates high quality contemporary dance works, with a cast of dancers and collaborators from diverse cultures and artistic disciplines. The Midlands-based independent dance company was established in 2008 as a dance laboratory to fulfill the artistic vision of choreographer Avatâra Ayuso.
ELECTRIC MOOSE is the creative umbrella for the work of Brian Solomon, b.solomon. b.solomon//ELECTRIC MOOSE is a First Nations contemporary dance artist of Anishinaabe and Irish descent from Ontario Canada.
Matthew James Weigel
Matthew James Weigel is an award-winning Dënësųłinë́ & Métis writer who creates in Edmonton, Alberta Canada.