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At The Edge Of Canada: Indigenous Research

Today our guest is Indige­nous chore­o­g­ra­ph­er and dancer with the Roy­al Win­nipeg Bal­let, Jera Wolfe. We dis­cuss Jer­a’s upcom­ing per­for­mance of Rem­i­nis­cence as part of the RWB’s Spot­light Series run­ning May 25 – 27 at the Roy­al Man­i­to­ba The­atre Cen­tre. The Spot­light Series is an annu­al event that seeks to con­nect cur­rent stu­dents and Alum­ni of the RWB Aca­d­e­m­ic pro­grams for a show­case per­for­mance. This year, Jera, as an alum­nus, was com­mis­sioned to design, chore­o­graph, and deliv­er every aspect of Rem­i­nis­cence, a first in his young pro­fes­sion­al danc­ing career. Though new to the dis­ci­pline of chore­og­ra­phy, Jera is an accom­plished dancer on the pro­fes­sion­al dance cir­cuit with the Indige­nous-run and oper­at­ed Red Sky Pro­duc­tions and was a final­ist on So You Think You Can Dance Cana­da. We chat about Indige­nous dance as a spe­cif­ic style, self-care and train­ing, the RWB’s dance Acad­e­my, danc­ing as a craft and as a lifestyle, and some of Jer­a’s men­tors and col­leagues who inspire him from the Indige­nous danc­ing community.