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Keys to understanding Aboriginal dances for a better development of audiences – La DSR

9:00AM to 5:00PM
$195 plus tax

Maison du développement durable, 50, Sainte-Catherine West Street, Montreal


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Today, with doors wide open, you will be able to welcome contemporary Indigenous dance.

Facilitated by trainer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo in collaboration with a guest expert, this training aims to introduce artistic directors, multidisciplinary development officers and artists to various aspects of the discipline of “contemporary” Indigenous dance: its history, protocols, aesthetics and mediation with audiences.

In the context of reconciliation and recognition, this training and small group workshop will allow participants to develop a more appropriate discourse on Indigenous dance and to better prepare audiences for their reception.

Please note that lunch is included for both days of training. An email will be sent to you at a later date to let us know your choice and any allergies.

Learning objectives

– Acquire a basic vocabulary related to the history and aesthetics of Indigenous dances.

– Distinguish, appreciate and select a few styles and aesthetics of Indigenous dances.

– Deepen one’s discourse on Indigenous dances and better communicate with one’s audience.

– To deepen one’s knowledge of the protocols for hosting Indigenous artists.

– Learn about cultural mediation activities related to Indigenous dance.

– Select and recommend a performance in a dance season based on aesthetic and objective criteria.

Who should attend?

Professionals working in the field of multidisciplinary performance arts: development officers, general managers and administrative staff of theatres, cultural workers who must work with choreographers and dance performers.


Barbara Diabo is Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk)/of mixed Kahnawake heritage. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 30 years, she received the prestigious Prix de la Danse de Montréal in the Performer category in 2021. She specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives and takes great pride in sharing her culture. Her work has been seen across Canada and abroad. She also works with various organizations, including La Danse sur les routes du Québec and the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance, to help educate, create safe spaces and support Indigenous artists across Canada.

Guest Expert

Ivanie Aubin-Malo is a choreographer, performer and curator from Wolastoq and Quebec. Her work focuses on projects that reflect on ecology and human ethics in relation to the environment. Her artistic research aims to invite the body to reconnect with the beauty of the Wolastoqey language in relation to the territory. In 2020, she initiated the MAQAHATINE series of events supported by Tangente and L’Agora de la danse which brings together Indigenous movement artists to break isolation, cultivate inspiration, facilitate knowledge sharing and dare certain collaborations.

Assistance with living expenses

For all participants who reside more than 50 km from Montreal, travel expenses (travel, accommodation, per diem) are partially covered within the limits of available funds.

Any questions?

Contact Philippe Dandonneau
Training Coordinator
La danse sur les routes du Québec
438 397-4898


This training, developed by the trainer and La danse sur les routes du Québec (La DSR), is offered by La DSR, in collaboration with the Regroupement québécois de la danse (RQD). It is made possible through financial support from the Gouvernement du Québec and Compétence Culture, comité sectoriel de main-d’œuvre en culture.

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