Dancers of Damelahamid


Margaret Grenier
Composed by
Andrew Grenier
Media design by
Andy Moro
Approx 70 minutes with no intermission
McPherson Playhouse (corner of Government St & Pandora Ave)

Performance Dates

Fri. Jan. 19 • 730pm

Shortly after the potlatch ban was lifted in 1951, Ken and Margaret Harris founded Dancers of Damelahamid to preserve the Gitxsan peoples’ traditional songs and dances. Now, five decades later, the company is under the artistic direction of their daughter, Margret Grenier, whose works redefine and characterize traditional practices to be accessible for new generations. Flicker incorporates multimedia technology in a story about a young man who discovers his potential.



Pre-show Chat

Dancers of Damelahamid

While the Fathers of Confederation toiled at the table of nation making, two voices were not invited to the discussion: women and Indigenous peoples. Co-curated by Amy Bowring, Director of Collections and Research at Dance Collection Danse, and dance and theatre artist Troy Emery Twigg, By Invitation Only: Dance, Confederation and Reconciliation illuminates the stories of how women and dance were essential to networking during the 1864 conferences that led to Confederation, and how Indigenous dance was banned within two decades of Confederation in an attempt to suppress the culture and assimilate Indigenous peoples.

Join us for this pre-show chat at 7:30 pm on the McPherson Playhouse stage. 

Post-show Chat

Margaret Grenier

Theatregoers are also invited to stay for a post-show chat with Dancers of Damelahamid Executive and Artistic Director/Choreographer Margaret Grenier. The discussion will include Flicker and the work’s intention as a powerful healing space for indigenous people and all Canadians to advance the ongoing process of reconciliation.