"The truest expression of a people is in its dance and in its music. Bodies never lie." -Agnes de Mille-
Starrwind Dance Projects was formed in 2009 by dancer/choreographer Starr Muranko to support her research and development work on a project basis with the focus being on the creation and production of Contemporary Aboriginal dance combined with community outreach and education through the arts.
In 2015 Starrwind Dance Projects became a registered non-profit society in the province of BC.
To research, develop and create contemporary dance/theatre work that is grounded in an Aboriginal worldview and that is inclusive of the artists’ voices and personal expression within each project
To produce and present professional contemporary dance that is accessible to a variety of communities and settings and that serves as a bridge to contextualize an Aboriginal worldview
To work cross-culturally and internationally with Indigenous artists through collaborative exchange and research projects
To work with children and youth in developing their creative expression through dance and the arts in the form of workshops, dance classes and artistic residencies
To support and mentor emerging Aboriginal dance artists through our projects as well as outreach activities and workshops both at a pre-professional and community level
To participate in artist talks, panels and outreach activities with the larger dance and arts community to serve as a bridge between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities
Philosophy: As a collective, we work together as artists in a collaborative way where by each person’s voice is honoured and respected and where we acknowledge those who have gone before us and those that will come after us. We approach the work that we do through an Indigenous Worldview and strive to practice the shared values of respect, generosity and deep listening in each of our projects. Meaningful partnerships and contributing to a vibrant and thriving community are an important part of all that we do.
'before7after' Moose Factory, ON
Dancers: Tasha Faye Evans & Andrea Patriau Photo Credit: Chris Randle