Confluence: A flowing together of two or more streams, rivers, or the like.
Confluence is the gathering of Indigenous women in the rehearsal room and through the creative process we find meaningful connections to build scaffolding in which to hang our thoughts, desires and impulses as Indigenous dance artists. We explore water as the heart of being human. Being the source of life, it shapes and carves through our landscape, creating our rhythms and stories.
Traditional or contemporary Indigenous dance forms are often viewed as separate. Confluence is an act to break these boundaries down. To dig deeper.
As we dive into this place between traditional and contemporary, we arrive in a place where we have little language to communicate. We begin to build a common language with our moving bodies and our shared impulses.
Confluence is a short dance documentary film based on the artists’ creative process and traditional and contemporary Indigenous dance making practices. Confluence is produced by Raven Spirit Dance and features collaborative artists Margaret Grenier, Jeanette Kotowich, Starr Muranko, Yvette Nolan, and Michelle Olson with videography by Ulla Laidlaw.