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La Mitchin di Mitchif

La Mitchin di Mitchif

Co-presented with Full Circle and V'ni Dansi as part of the Talking Stick Festival. Supported through the Dance Centre’s Artist-in-Residence program.

Led by Artistic Director Yvonne Chartrand, V’ni Dansi (‘Come and Dance’ in Mitchif) is dedicated to sharing the stories and culture of the Mitchif (Métis), through both traditional and contemporary dance. La Mitchin di Mitchif is a new Indigenous contemporary dance work created through an international collaboration with Santa Fe’s Dancing Earth. Co-choreographed by Chartrand and Dancing Earth Artistic Director Rulan Tangen, the work is inspired by cultural ancestral knowledge of Mitchif plant medicines.

  • When: June 19 at 2 p.m. / June 20 & 21 at 8 p.m.
  • Where: Scotiabank Dance Centre, 677 Davie St, Vancouver
  • $28 regular price / $18 students & seniors


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Patrons attending the June 19 performance are invited to stay after the show for a chance to discuss the production with the performers.

The development of La Mitchin di Mitchif involved consultations with Elders and cultural keepers. Respect for cultural protocols and ways of knowing are fundamental aspects of creation. 

V'ni Dansi dancers: 

  • Yvonne Chartrand, Artistic Director
  • Eloi Homier
  • Madelaine McCallum
  • Tristen Howse

Dancing Earth dancers:

  • Rulan Tangen, Artistic Director
  • Esme Olivia
  • Lupita Salazar
  • Sarah Hogland-Gurule 

Technical crew:

  • Gregory Coyes, video artist
  • Stephen Payne, videographer
  • Cameron Fraser, set and projections designer
  • Emily Neumann, stage manager
  • Evan Ducharme, costume designer
  • Itai Erdal, lighting designer
  • Lee Su-Feh, dramaturge
  • Wayne Lavallee, composer


Co-presented with:

maskihkiya mêskanaw  © 2012, Miyoh Music/SOCAN

words and music by Cheryl L'Hirondelle  (audio borrowed from 360° VR project of same title)

Thanks to Canada Council for the Arts for supporting this project. 

Photos: Chris Randle

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Métis Traditional & Contemporary Dance
PO Box 95071 Kingsgate
Vancouver, BC V5T 4T8