Flicker is an innovative multi‐media dance piece that combines graphic design with vividly rich imagery that represents the mystical realm portrayed through Coastal masked dance.
Just as light shimmers, Flicker represents the moments through which one can cross space and time, as the masked dancers journey in and out of the spirit world of their ancestors.
The flicker, as embodied in the main character in this piece, represents our duality. This dichotomy illustrates how we access our true self one’s self without limitations. The journey is a learning process by which one acquires the ability to attain their ancestral gifts and strengthens their capacity to create change.
It is through continual and diligent practice that Indigenous dance endures as non‐static and relevant to current innovation, influence, and insights. Flicker bridges artistic practices, including coastal, pow‐wow, and contemporary Indigenous dance.
Through these intersections, Flicker explores the diversity of dance and reflects the complexities of contemporary Indigenous identities.
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The Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company from the Northwest coast of Canada. The company is founded on over five decades of extensive work of song restoration and dance revitalization. The current direction of the Dancers of Damelahamid is to redefine and characterize their practice so that the dances may continue to be tangible and accessible for the next generation.
The company has produced the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008. The company’s full length dance works have reached national and international audiences and include Setting the Path 2004, Sharing the Spirit 2007, Visitors Who Never Left 2009, Dancing Our Stories 2010, Spirit Transforming 2012, In Abundance 2013 and Flicker 2016.