Mocean Dance

Choreographer/s | Sarah Prosper and Sara Coffin

Name of piece | Utawtiwow Kijnaq – Our Mother's Road

Venue | Firehall Arts Centre

Co-Choreographed by Mocean Co-Artistic Director Sara Coffin, and Eskasoni First Nation dance artist Sarah Prosper, this cross-cultural and cross-generational duet explores the spiritual and emotional qualities of water. Two perspectives meet as the performers process their histories and relationships with water, and with each other, moving towards connection and balance. Inspired by the life-giving sacredness of mother earth and the four sacred waters: Fresh, Rain, Body and Sea; water is our honoured protector guiding us down the flowing paths of Our Mother's Road - Utawtiwow Kijinaq.

Choreographer | Creator Name: Sarah Prosper and Sara Coffin

Composer: Sound Editing by Brian Riley with Sarah Prosper, with Sarah Prosper, music excerpts from Deya Dova (Ancient Creation Mother), Ulali (Mother), Garth Stevenson (Earth), Beautiful Chorus (Faith’s Hymn), the late honourable Sarah Denny, Eskasoni Nation (Ego) and Aaron Prosper singing Sacred Ground by Michael R. Denny and Children’s Prayer Song from the Blacklodge Singers.

Performers Name(s): Sarah Prosper and Sara Coffin

Sarah Prosper
Wisunn na Sarah Prosper (she/ they/nekmow), Mikmaw/L’nu e’pite’s of the We’kwistoqnik (Eskasoni) First Nation, tu’s, nuji’j, kwe’jij, nsim, sukwis, aq nitaptut. “Amalkewinu”, began dancing at a young age, now a Therapeutic Recreation specialist and MA Leisure student, artistic director of Samqwan and facilitator/curator of workshop Moving in Mi’kma’ki. Sarah collaborates, creates, and moves with ms+t no’kmaq, all her relations, in a fluid identity uplifting pursuit, as an Indigenous movement artist.

Sara Coffin
Sara Coffin is an award winning dance artist / educator, choreographer and Co-Artistic Director of Mocean Dance. She has been teaching and creating interdisciplinary contemporary dance for twenty years and has created over 30 dance works. She holds a MFA in Choreography (Smith College), BFA in Dance (Simon Fraser) and BSc Kinesiology (Dalhousie), and NS Established Artist Award (2018). Her research interests include the poetic junction between vulnerability, resiliency, and courage, and is a proud mother of her two-year old Maya.


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July 12th @ 9:00 PM

July 13th @ 9:00 PM

Approx. Running Time: 20 minutes

Sarah Prosper and Sara Coffin by Kevin MacCormack.
Sarah Prosper and Sara Coffin by Kevin MacCormack.
Sarah Prosper and Sara Coffin by Kevin MacCormack.
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