New co-creation by Mi'kmaq dance artist Sarah Prosper, and Mocean's Co-Artistic Director Sara Coffin
Mi’kmaw dance artist Sarah Prosper (Eskasoni First Nation) teams up with Mocean’s Co-Artistic Director Sara Coffin to dive into the spiritual and emotional qualities of water in a cross-generational, cross-cultural duet: Utawtiwow Kijinaq - Our Mother’s Road
The history of water lives within a timeline of life, death, and patterns. The sacredness and giver of the 4 waters; rain, fresh, body, and sea waters. Our mother’s road “utawtiwow kijinaq”, the life giver and our honoured protectors guide us in our journeys that take us back from filtration and balance.
This new duet premieres in Mocean's 20th Anniversary Mainstage Production Fluid Forms, live at Alderney Landing Theatre, April 8 + 9, 2022.
ABOUT SARAH PROSPER
Sarah is a proud Mi’kmaq Womxn from Eskasoni First Nation, Unama’ki/Cape Breton. Currently, she is taking a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation at Dalhousie University graduating in spring 2022. Sarah has a deep connection to her family and her Mi’kmaq culture, growing up in one of the largest First Nation communities in the Atlantic. Sarah has always been guided by her elders, spirit of creator, and the waters, who have taught her to always be proud of who she is; a Mi’kmaq ~ Mekite’t ta’n teli l’nuit ~ and to honour where she has come from and will go. She began dancing at age 2 and soon after her mother began a boys and girls dance program in Eskasoni; where hundreds of community members have come to learn and celebrate dance. Sarah became a fixture in the dance community where she began teaching at age 14 with her community and two local Cape Breton dance schools. She is also part of Cape Breton’s Highland Arts Theatre and Savoy Theatre playing in many roles throughout her dance journey.
Sarah later continued dancing at Dalhousie University, Mocean Dance, House of Eights, DANS Board of Directors, Kinetic Studio and many other community events and projects affiliated with her Reconciliation through Dance initiative. Most recently Sarah directed her first production Samqwan, produced by Wesley Colford, a Mi’kmaq movement-based production created to share the sacredness of water and to educate others about the inequities indigenous people face having no clean drinking water. In linkage with her artistic roots, Sarah often volunteers at special needs facilities and health centres during her school year and incorporates Reconciliation through Dance and Mi’kmaq language within the workshops she facilitates. She hopes that through her art form and education she can create a path for those who wish find healing through reconciliation and create greater opportunities for future generations, Msit No’kmaq, All My Relations.
Season Page Photo Credit: Elicia Marten Media, All other photos by Kevin MacCormack