Olivia C. Davies

O.Dela Arts/Olivia C. Davies

Matriarchs Uprising
Indigenous Women Dancing Stories of Transformation

Performances, workshops, and circle conversations with

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande
Jessica McMann
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Mariaa Randall
Maura Garcia Dance
Olivia C. Davies
Raven Spirit Dance
Starr Muranko

June 20-22, 2019
Scotiabank Dance Centre



Contemporary dance artist Olivia C. Davies has established a multifaceted practice which honours her mixed blood-Anishnaabe heritage, and is grounded in feminism, social justice, and our relationship to the land and our environment. 

As part of a major Dance Centre residency this season, Olivia C. Davies will curate a program of public events including:

CoexisDance (December 22, 2018), a performance series of improvised duets for dancers and musicians;
Home: Our Way (March 22-April 12, 2019), women’s creative writing and dance workshops exploring the idea of Home in the body;
Matriarchs Uprising (June 20-22, 2019) a weekend of performances, events and circle conversations focusing on women in the arts and highlighting work by contemporary female artists.

Presented through the Artist-in-Residence program


Past Events

CoexisDance Western Edition 1
Saturday, December 22, 2018 | 8pm
Faris Family Studio, Scotiabank Dance Centre
677 Davie St, Vancouver
Pay-what-you-can: suggested $10

Improvised dance and music meet on stage in CoexisDance, an evening of live improvisational duets featuring local dancers and musicians. Curated by Dance Centre Artist-in-Residence Olivia C. Davies, CoexisDance brings together six pairs of dance artists and musicians who will share short improvised duets in an intimate evening of performances which culminates in a group jam. The dance artists and musicians are:

  • Contemporary dance artist Emmalena Fredriksson and composer/sound artist Ben Wylie*
  • Aerial dance artist Emily Long and singer Marisa Etchart
  • Contemporary dance artist Julia Carr and singer/visual artist Carol Sawyer
  • Contemporary/Indigenous dance artist Olivia C. Davies** and violinist Joshua Zubot
  • Butoh dancer Salome Nieto and guitarist/composer Jeff Younger
  • Contemporary dance artist Sophie Brassard and guitarist/percussionist Rémi Thibault

This is the first Western Canadian edition of CoexisDance, which was pioneered in Toronto by Colin Anthony in 2006 with the format ‘no more than two dancers, no more than two musicians, at least one of each.’  Davies says, “The format can encompass multiple interpretations of improvisational scores that are nurtured through short creation residencies for each duet to get to know one another and foster trust prior to performance. The resulting scores are re-imagined in the formal theatre space to welcome audiences to experience the outcome of the duet.”

*replacing Alex Mah

** replacing Lori Hamar


Artist-in-Residence Open Rehearsal
Olivia C. Davies: Gidaashi
Friday March 1, 2019 | 3-3.30pm
Birmingham Studio, Scotiabank Dance Centre
Free admission

Gidaashi creates a swirling world of ephemeral images embodied by the dancer as she is possessed by the immeasurable force of fate. Moments of serene stillness are interrupted by the effects of a wind so powerful it can uproot homes, families, forests, and futures. Inspired by the haunting sounds of Symphony No. 3 by Henryk Górecki, the solo gives shape to the lamentations of a person removed. 

Featuring choreography by Olivia C. Davies, spoken word by Vuntut Gwitchin artist Melissa Frost, with mentorship from Raïna Von Waldenburg and sound design by Max Ulis. World premiere at Vancouver International Dance Festival on March 14, 2019 at 7pm.


Home: Our Way
Creative writing and movement series: workshops for women-identified participants aged 16+

Four Fridays, 6-9pm
March 22, 29 and April 5, 12, 2019
Scotiabank Dance Centre

Home: Our Way women’s circle explores ideas of Home through the creative writing and moving body. We delve into questions of refuge, transition, identity, cultural norms, blood memory and what it means to be at home in our lived experience.

A safe space for creative writing and movement exploration is facilitated by Coast Salish storyteller Rosemary Georgeson (Sahtu-Dene) and Anishinaabe-Kwe dance artist Olivia C. Davies.

Participants are encouraged to sign up for all four sessions. We will work towards developing our own short performance to be shared in June 2019 at the Matriarchs Uprising Festival in Vancouver. Participation in the performance is voluntary and small $ honorarium will be provided to the performing collective. Priority will be given to BIPOC women who have experienced homelessness / currently living in transition. All participants whose practices include arts for social change and are curious about collective creation are encouraged to apply.

Register: email info@oliviacdavies.ca by March 15, 2019 with a short description of who you are and what Home means to you.

Photo by David C. Wong