Dreaming Roots to Premiere in June

Dreaming Roots to Premiere in June

The Yukon First Nations Culture and Tourism Association is pleased to announce the upcoming premiere of Dreaming Roots.

Dreaming Roots is a spectacular, inspiring performance journey by and about Yukon First Nations people. It weaves together new work from 50+ Yukon Indigenous artists in dance, music, drumming, theatre, storytelling and more, in traditional and contemporary forms.

It is a multi-disciplinary show brought to audiences with the culminated efforts of emerging and established artists from across the Yukon and a production team that focuses on a blanket approach encompassing mentorship, access, and cultural supports. It gives the space for artists to create from a place of safety, truth, and adventure.

Dreaming Roots is directed by internationally acclaimed Indigenous artists Alejandro Ronceria and Diyet van Lieshout with a collaborative team, guided by knowledge keepers in a culturally grounded process.

“Dreaming Roots is about how we see ourselves in the present, how we connect with our past, and how we dream of our future as Yukon First Nations people,” says Diyet van Lieshout, Dreaming Roots co-director. “This show explores questions such as: Where do we come from? How do we connect to the source? How do we reconcile and heal? What are our hopes and dreams?”

Building on What the Land Remembers, when Yukon First Nations performers shone on international stages at the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, the goal with Dreaming Roots is to ignite the fire in this and future generations – part of an ongoing legacy project in cultural performing arts revitalization.

The premiere will take place at the Yukon Arts Centre on June 26 as part of the Adäka Cultural Festival and on June 27 at the Arctic Arts Summit. Tickets for the June 26 premiere will be available at YukonTickets.com. Coming up, Dreaming Roots will be shared with everyone in Yukon communities in 2023.

Dreaming Roots is led by Yukon First Nation Culture & Tourism Association. Funding partners include Global Affairs Canada (Global Affairs Leadership Initiative) Canadian Heritage, Lotteries Yukon, Canada Council for the Arts, National Arts Centre Creation Fund, Crime Prevention & Victim Services Trust Fund. Supporting partners include Yukon Arts Centre and Gwaandak Theatre.