Indigenous Artist Forum

SUPERNOVA: Peformances That Heal

Friday, January 11, 2019
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The Belfry Theatre
1291 Gladstone Avenue

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Tickets are $30 and can be puchased in-person or online.


Join us for SUPERNOVA: Performances That Heal, the second Indigenous Showcase created by Indigenous Artist in Residence Lindsay Delaronde. This collection of performances invites new pathways for healing the spirit through song, dance, and storytelling, both traditional and contemporary.

The all-Indigenous cast of creatives will explore their relationship to creation stories and mythology from the past, as well as the present re-newal, re-visioning and re-creation of indigenous worldviews.

From conception of ideas, to training, rehearsal and performance, SUPERNOVA is entirely rooted in holistic Indigenous worldviews.  It pushes the boundaries of European-based status quo and colonial expectations of effective performance creation by showcasing the powerful contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada, not only in the realm of performance but also in all aspects of our communal life in this country.

Artistic direction by Lindsay Delaronde and Monique Salez of Raino Dance.

SUPERNOVA: Performances That Heal is a City of Victoria Initiative in partnership with The Belfry Theatre.

View the poster [PDF - 4.5 MB]. (Poster photo credit: Michelle Munkittrick)

Artist Bios

Lindsay Delaronde
Born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation, Delaronde has been a professional artist for the past five years. She began this journey by travelling to Vancouver to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design followed by a Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of Victoria. Recently, Delaronde completed her second Master’s degree in Indigenous Communities Counselling Psychology from the University.

Delaronde is a multi-disciplinary visual artist who works in print-making, painting, drawing, video and performance. The intention of her work is to manifest the relationships between Indigenous and non-indigenous and also intercultural respect among allies, nation-to-nation. Currently, Delaronde is a self-employed artist and moccasin–maker in Victoria. Delaronde is a strong advocate for Indigenous voices, stories, culture and history.

Simone Blais

Simone is a Toronto-born dancer who has lived on Coast Salish territories for four years. Having spent seven years training in contemporary, jazz and Irish styles, she is now working to decolonize the dance world. Drawing strength from her Afro-Trinidadian and Métis roots, she is working with other Indigenous and Black people to incorporate Indigenous worldviews into dance classes. Simone is currently working on a dance mentorship and intergenerational knowledge exchange with champion Métis jigger Yvonne Chartrand. What We Become is Simone's first co-choreographed duet.

Yamila Franco is an Afro Indigenous woman from the Dominican Republic who has lived on Coast Salish lands for four years. Her passions lie in fostering inclusive, diverse and empowered communities, and she owns a business to increase financial literacy especially for women, Indigenous people and other diverse groups. Despite growing up surrounded by merengue and bachata, What We Become is Yamila's debut dance performance where she explores roots from the Taínos to her African ancestors revitalizing her connections with the land and families across the world.


ANSWER Drum Group

ANSWER is an urban Victoria women’s drum group with representation from Nuuchahnulth, Diné, Mohawk, M’iqmaw, Anishnawbe, Métis and Cree peoples. This circle of women who deal with the lived trauma and impacts of colonialism use culture, song and drumming to heal. The women of ANSWER reside on Lekwungen and Esquimalt territories and include Jessica Sault, Alysha Brown, Nicole Mandryk, Megan Whonnock, Sara Rhude, Tara Stott, Jena Bailey, Emily Albright, and Katie Jacobs. They are locally known as educators, healers, medicine women, artists, knowledge keepers, counselors, youth workers, social workers, sisters, cousins, elders, mothers, grandmothers, matriarchs, and warriors. ANSWER is an acronym for All Nations Strong Women for Education and Reconciliation.

Ahousat Drum Group 

The Ahousat Drummers is a family-run Nuu-chah-nulth drum group based in Lekwungen Territory.  The group started when its leader, Guy Louis Jr., began listening to his grandfather’s traditional recordings as a teenager and then introduced them to his cousin, Calvin Louie.  The group now includes many urban Nuu-chah-nulth peoples, some of whom will will showcase a new song and dance composed by Guy Louis Jr.. Last year they debuted the Bear Song on stage at the Belfry Theatre as part of Pendulum: An Indigenous Showcase.

Erynne M. Gilpin

Erynne is a Saulteaux-Cree Métis performance artist, vocalist, community wellness researcher and birth-doula.  She views performance, movement and art-story as living relationship to self, others and Spirit and created this piece as an offering of prayer-work. 


Other Featured Indigenous Performing Artists (bios to come)

  • Eddi Wilson
  • Krystal Cook
  • Teka'tsitsane:ken Everstz
  • Gina Mowatt
  • Jasmine
  • Nicole Madjer

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