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Indigenous Liberation

Past Event

indigenous enterprise

Oct 7 - 8

7:30 pm

The beat of the drum continues in the 21st century. The Canadian premiere of Indigenous Liberation explodes with jubilation and spellbinding regalia. Their powerful storytelling will uplift and inspire.

Photo by Danny Upshaw

Centuries-old stories, imparted through movement. Retold by today’s generation, with an eye on our shared futures.

In their Canadian debut, Indigenous Enterprise explores traditional dances passed on from their elders and reimagined for a new crop of award-winning performers. The Phoenix, Arizona based troupe combines dance and filmmaking, using projected animations to prelude the origin story of each traditional dance as it is performed. Their full-length production Indigenous Liberation is as much storytelling as it is dance, with messaging that is at once powerful and uplifting.

Explosively jubilant movements are enhanced by the dancers' colourful regalia and embellished with intricate beadwork, quillwork and featherwork. The aesthetic is not only spellbinding, but each detail is intentional, holding deep significance and meaning within Indigenous culture and traditions. 

Choreographed and performed by seven different renowned Indigenous artists, this dynamic programme highlights a diverse array of pow wow dances to inspire and heal. Founder of Indigenous Enterprise Kenneth Shirley hopes, “you all enjoy this presentation as much as we enjoyed making it.”

This is an in-person presentation taking place at Toronto Metropolitan University Theatre (formerly Ryerson Theatre - 43 Gerrard St E, Toronto).

All seats are $15, +HST and fees.

This event is also part of the Festival Package, which can help you enjoy additional festival performances and save 15%. Festival Packages are available now. 


Performance schedule:

Friday, Oct 7, 7:30 PM

Saturday, Oct 8, 7:30 PM

There will be a post-show Artist Chat following our Saturday, Oct 8 performance. Moderated by Red Sky Performance's Artistic & Executive Director, Sandra Laronde.


Performance length: Approximately 60-minutes.

Indigenous Enterprise

Indigenous Enterprise. Photo by Danny Upshaw.

Indigenous Enterprise. Photo by Danny Upshaw.


Indigenous Enterprise. Photo by Danny Upshaw.

Indigenous Enterprise. Photo by Danny Upshaw.