JK

Artistic Statement

I honour my Cree Métis heritage (originally from Saskatchewan) as a source of inspiration and reference point in my work. I am passionate about investigating a blend of contemporary and Indigenous practices. I believe that by returning to an Indigenous knowing body our expression has the ability to transcend and decolonize previous patterning. While having deep reverence for my linage, as a contemporary Aboriginal artist, I am curious about transcending traditional practices, to create work that is refreshing and contemporary.

I am interested in the distillation process of character- derived content, as expressed through embodied physicality, to invite non-linear narrative and story to unfold. Educating audiences with the awareness that Indigenous artists are developing work that is relevant to our unique collective and diverse tapestry of Canadian performing artists.

Bio

I am a Vancouver based professional contemporary Aboriginal dance artist and choreographer. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, BC, I create work as an independent dance artist & choreographer and a seasonal dance artist in collaboration with Dancers of Damelahamid, Raven Spirit Dance, and V’ni Dansi. Currently I’m creating Valley, a full-length, innovative solo performance, collaboratively directed with New Zealand based Maroi choreographer Charles Koroneho (Te Toki Haruru), and have worked with Vancouver based dance artist Deanna Peters (Mutable Subject). I co-host & co-ordinate the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival,  I am a member of the Full Circle First Nations Performing Arts Ensemble, the Indigenous Performing Art Alliance & a founding board member/secretary for Savage Society.