There was something different about this performance. Something raw, sinuous. Perhaps it was the awakening of memory, the reconnection of hundreds of years of historical relations. Perhaps it was the remembrance of a trauma of such recent relevance.
Aaní, who remembered my aunties and grandparents, welcomed me back. Aaní sang me the same stories she sang to my relatives who had been displaced there in WWII. Aaní connected these stories of remembrance and displacement as I danced upon the land that awakened this memory inside me.
Dancing on Lingít Aaní, among Tlingit ancestors who had taken care of my Unangax̂ kin just 76 years ago, rekindled the significance of our deep relationship; reminded the need for us to take care of our Unangax̂ kin who remained on Lingít Aaní after the internment; exposed the importance of reviving this historic relationship.
It told me we need to care for our Unangax̂ kin who have been displaced and disconnected from their Unangax̂ roots for so long; that the most significant unforeseen aspect of this opportunity to dance was the rekindling of the Tlingit-Unangax̂ relationship and the reconnection for Unangax̂ kin on Lingít Aaní. • • 📷: @lynbro •
This woman 👯thank you for everything from those first few weeks in MACS where we didn't think we'd survive, to India, to helping me choreograph this new piece! You supported me in every way - even with your pregnant belly! Let's collab more in the future 😘😍💃🏽🔥 #Dancers#MACS#IndigenousPerformance
"...I love proving people wrong about that." - Sandra Laronde
Sandra, the Executive and Artistic Director of Red Sky Performance, shares about why she creates Indigenous art for Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences and what she hopes audiences carry with them after a performance - check out the link in our bio for the full video!