O.Dela Arts/Peppers Ghost New Media Collective/Co.ERASGA

Maamawi: Together Through The Fire  |  O.Dela Arts/Peppers Ghost New Media Collective

folding&unfolding  |  Co.ERASGA

Firehall Arts Centre Theatre

July 13, 2022 `8:00PM Firehall Arts Centre Theatre Buy Tickets
July 14, 2022 `8:00PM Firehall Arts Centre Theatre Buy Tickets

Maamawi: Together Through The Fire Duration: 30 mins
folding&unfolding Duration: 18 mins

Maamawi: Together Through The Fire

In the not so distant future, we find refuge together in the shared fight for survival. From the mouth of the cave, we see two paths are visible. One leads to salvation while the other leads to chaos and destruction. Which path will you choose? ᒫᒪᐏ (maamawi) – Together Through The Fire takes an Indigenous Futurist approach to the Anishinaabe Eight Fire prophecies with a hybrid interactive VR/AR and live performance looking back at today from a future time after the prophecy of the 8th Fire has come to pass. Original choreography by Olivia C. Davies accompanies animated visual designs by Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckly, sound design from Michael Red with unique digital interaction design by Athomas Goldberg.

Maamawi: Together Through The Fire is a cross-cultural collaboration between Indigenous artists and non-Indigenous allies, providing important work to come to new understandings, using new technologies to tell old stories to a broad, cross-cultural audience. The medium of dance enables us to tell those stories in non-literal ways accentuated by visual and sonic designs. The Anishinaabeg Seven Fires Prophecies speak of restoring relations between indigenous and settler society. The Prophecies are the foundation of our resistance and our resurgence. They have foretold our history from the beginning of time. They are the reason for our survival, they are the reason we continue to emerge and re-create.

Olivia C. Davies

Co-Director and Choreographer Olivia C. Davies (Anishinaabe) creates Contemporary Indigenous choreography for stage, screen, and community collective creation. Co-director and Interactive Designer Athomas Goldberg is a 25-year veteran of the interactive entertainment and VR industry. Visual artist Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley (Anishinaabe) is an Ojibwe Woodland artist and a member of Wasauksing First Nation. His work aims to reclaim and promote traditional Ojibwe stories and teachings in a contemporary Woodland style. Composer Michael Red is a Vancouver based music producer, composer, curator, performer and DJ. Ongoing influences include: dub music, all nature, outer space, the unseen world, transcendence and evolution. Costume designer Raven John is a visual artist, cultural consultant, mediator, storyteller, photographer and sculptor with a practice that covers a wide array of mediums from provocation and humor, puppet making, ceramics, dressmaking, interactive electronics and indigenous technologies. Winnipeg-born Sophie Dow is a multidisciplinary creative, inspired by dance, music, collaboration and Métis-Assiniboine and settler roots. An avid adventurer, Sophie has a passion for busking, yoga and traveling on top of holding a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University. Daisy Thompson is a European settler living in Vancouver on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh), and xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. As a dance artist who performs, creates and writes, she seeks through her work, to extend ideas of the dancing body as a key site for the questioning of embodied power relations, and considers how the dancing body interrupts cycles of contemporary logics of control in relation to culture and identity. Cultural consultant Gloria May Eshkibok (Anishinaabe) is an actor, singer, writer and producer from the Wikwemikong unceded territory on Manitoulin Island. Currently residing on the Capilano unceded territory of the Squamish Nation, Eshkibok has been an actress, singer, writer and producer for more than 30 years and has collaborated with Olivia C. Davies since 2018.

Co-Creator / Choreographer
Olivia C. Davies

Co-Creator / VR Experience Designer
Athomas Goldberg

Co-Creator / Visual Designer
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley

Visual and Regalia Designer
Raven John

Michael Red

Dance Artist
Sophie Dow

Dance Artist
Daisy Thompson

Cultural Consultant
Gloria May Eshkbok




Philippines traditional fabrics Malong is the creative source that encounter dance and fabrics to ignite genetic memory conjuring the real and imagined stories in dance, a new trio for three Vancouver Filipino dancers Alvin Erasga Tolentino, Marc Arboleda and Antonio Somera.

Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Vancouver’s very own Alvin Erasga Tolentino work has spanned three decades interpreting, creating and contributing contemporary dance for Vancouver. An accomplished international dance artist whose body of works has reflected identity, gender and cross-cultural collaborations that have reached four continents. His touring engagements and cross-cultural collaboration has taken him and Co.ERASGA to over 60 diverse cities and in countries as France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, Philippines, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Uruguay and across Canada. He founded Co.ERASGA in 2000 and since then has brought full-length acclaimed works as; SOLA, Bato/Stone, OrienTik/Portrait, Field, Paradise/Paradis, ADAMEVE-Man/Woman, Shadow Machine, Expose, Unwrapping Culture and recently Offering to name a few. In 2010 he received the Vancouver’s Mayor Arts Award for his contribution to the performing arts in Dance and in 2018 the EXplore Pan Asian award.

Antonio Somera Jr.

Antonio Somera Jr. is a dance artist and quirky character based in Vancouver, the unceded territories of the Squamish, Tsleil-Waututh and Musqueam Nations.  He achieved a BFA in contemporary dance from SFU School for the Contemporary Arts, and received a certificate from Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance (SEAD). Antonio has performed internationally in works of Sita Ostheimer, Igor Bacovich & Iratxe Ansa, Manuel Ronda, Mala Kline, KT Niehoff, Flamenco En Route company and OURO Collective. Locally, he interpreted works for Julianne Chapple/Future Leisure, Co.Erasga Company, Dancers Dancing and EDAM . Antonio is also passionate about street dance, participating in jams and battles and sharing his knowledge of waacking to the community. Integrating his passion for both street dance and contemporary dance techniques, Antonio devotes his creative practices to build meaningful experiences through playful investigation.

Marc Arboleda

Marc Arboleda is an independent dancer, actor, and director.

Alvin Erasga Tolentino,

Antonio Somera Jr
Marc Arboleda

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