Dance held a central place in the culture and art of Indigenous peoples in Québec. It was an art of social cohesion with pride of place in large gatherings, ceremonies, and celebrations. It infused community members with strength, power, and joy. Across the Americas, repression and colonization had as their primary targets the Indigenous body. Immense harm was done. It is a miracle that the practices, gestures, and rhythms survived. Artists and survivors expressed their rage, sadness, and hope, releasing an energy that reconciled the body with itself.
From May 2 to 4, 2018, Ondinnok, Canada’s first francophone Indigenous theatre company, presented Constrained Body, Dancing Body, Conversations and performances on Indigenous dance in Quebec today, an event featuring shows, workshops, discussions and performances. The Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault was proud to help share and promote the event by directing and co-producing documentary video recordings.