JK

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 and performing artist, holding my Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in contemporary dance from Simon Fraser University, BC. I am a seasonal dancer with Dancers of Damelahamid, Raven Spirit Dance, and V’ni Dansi. As an independent artist, creating my own work, I am currently collaborating with Vancouver based dance artist Deanna Peters (Mutable Subject) and New Zealand based Maori choreographer/director Charles Koroneho (Te Toki Haruru). I am the Artistic Associate for the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival, a member of the Full Circle First Nations Performing Arts Ensemble, the Indigenous Performing Art Alliance & a founding board member/secretary for Savage Society.
 
My performance experience is vast, which includes many British Columbia festivals such as the Vancouver International Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival Vancouver, Firehall’s BC Buds Festival, Talking Stick Festival, and the Coastal First National Dance Festival. In Ontario I have performed at Summer Works Festival, Canada Dance Festival, IMPACT Festival and the Weesageechak Festival. I have performed my work in Yukon and in Saskatchewan for New Dance Horizons, Saskatchewan Native Theatre Company, and at Back to Batoche Days. I also performed at the Toronto 2015 PAN AM games, the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics and with the Vancouver Opera in their adaptation of Mozart’s the Magic Flute.