SIX NATIONS OF THE GRAND RIVER, ON – Nov 11, 2019- Six Nations Tourism and the Gathering Place by the Grand Events Centre welcomed the Bangarra Dance Theatre Group to the Six Nations community earlier this week for Cultural Exchange, Artist Talks and educational workshops. The internationally- acclaimed Indigenous dance group participated in a Culture Exchange with community members at a free event at the Gathering Place on Monday afternoon followed by interactive Artist Talks in the evening. “At the interactive Culture Exchange Event, community members were able to interact with dancers from Bangarra, chat with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre founder Santee Smith, and enjoy some music and dancing,” said Janis Monture, Director of Tourism at the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC).

The group then travelled to local elementary schools: Emily C General, IL Thomas and Jamieson/JC Hill on Tuesday to host educational workshops sharing their culture, dance and music.

“We are so thankful to have had the opportunity to share the Bangarra Dance Theatre Group with our community members. It was a really amazing opportunity for our youth to participate in not only artistic expression but also cultural exchange.”

Currently in their 30th year, Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organization, and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies known for their powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voicers, music and cinematic design. Bangarra Dance Theatre will visit five cities throughout their Canada and United States Tour including Brantford, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver. The group will complete their first major international tour in Chicago at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance.

Bangarra’s Executive Director, Philippe Magid said, “As ambassadors for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, we are committed to deepening international engagement and global understanding of Australia’s First Nations People. We are excited to deliver such an ambitious international program in our 30th anniversary year, and proud to have been included in the most highly regarded dance series globally, where we will share our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture alongside some of the world’s most respected dance companies.”

For more information about the Cultural Exchange Event, or to inquire about the Gathering Place by the Grand, please contact Jaquie Jamieson, Six Nations Tourism Manager by emailing [email protected] or call 519-758-5444.

About Bangarra Dance Theatre Group:

Bangarra is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies, widely acclaimed nationally and around the world for our powerful dancing, distinctive theatrical voice and utterly unique soundscapes, music and design.  Led by Artistic Director Stephen Page, currently in their 30th with dance technique forged from over 65,000 years of culture, embodied with contemporary movement. The company’s dancers are professionally trained, dynamic artists who represent the pinnacle of Australian dance. Each has a proud Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander background, from various locations across the country.

About Six Nations Tourism:

Six Nations Tourism is a sub department Six Nations of thr Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC). Six Nations Tourism hosts over 10,000 visitors a year at their four sites: Six Nations Tourism Building, Her Majesty’s Royal Chapel of the Mohawks, Chiefswood National Historic Site and the Gathering Place by the Grand Event Centre.

For more information please visit www.sixnationstourism.ca

About Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation:

Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) manages the Six Nations’ economic interests in 20 renewable energy projects and numerous economic development opportunities, in and around the Six Nations territory. SNGRDC’s current green energy portfolio is capable of producing over 1300 MW of renewable energy through its direct or indirect involvement in seven solar, 13 wind project(s). SNGRDC is located on the Six Nations Reserve and directly employs over 140 employees through Nation Enterprise or the administration of Economic Interests projects. For more information please visit www.sndevcorp.ca

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