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Michif Medicines

Michif Medicines

An international Indigenous collaboration between V’ni Dansi and Dancing Earth

Led by V’ni Dansi Artistic Director Yvonne Chartrand and Dancing Earth Artistic Director Rulan Tangen, this contemporary dance collaboration was presented as a work-in-progress presentation at the Talking Stick Festival in 2018 & 2019. 

The development of Michif Medicines involved consultations with Elders and cultural keepers. Respect for cultural protocols and ways of knowing are fundamental aspects of creation. 

A production development phase is scheduled for June 2020. Upcoming performances at Scotiabank Dance Centre:

  • June 19, 2020   8pm
  • June 20, 2020   8pm
  • June 21, 2020   8pm


V'ni Dansi Dancers: 

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


Dancing Earth Dancers:

  • Rulan Tangen, Artistic Director
  • Esme Olivia
  • Eva Lopez (2018)
  • Lupita Salazar
  • Ria Thundercloud (2018)


Composer: Wayne Lavallee

Dramaturge: Lee Su-Feh

Lighting Designers: Celeste English, Conor Moore

Video Artist: Gregory Coyes

Video Projection Specialist: Cameron Fraser

Stage Manager: Emily Neumann


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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V'ni Dansi
Métis Traditional & Contemporary Dance
PO Box 95071 Kingsgate
Vancouver, BC V5T 4T8