Dancers of Damelahamid

Flicker is an innovative multi-media dance piece that combines graphic design with vividly rich imagery, representing the mystical realm portrayed through coastal masked dance. Just as light shimmers, Flicker represents the moments through which one can cross space and time, as the masked dancers journey in and out of the ‘spirit world’ of their ancestors.

The Flicker, embodied in the main character, represents our duality. This dichotomy illustrates how we access our true self; one’s self without limitations. The journey is a learning process by which one acquires the ability to attain their ancestral gifts and strengthens their capacity to create change.

It is through continual and diligent practice that Indigenous dance endures as non-static and relevant to current innovation, influence, and insights. Flicker bridges artistic practices, including coastal, pow-wow, and contemporary Indigenous dance. Through these intersections, Flicker explores the diversity of dance and reflects the complexity of Indigenous identities.


The Dancers of Damelahamid is an Indigenous dance company for the Northwest coast of Canada. The company is founded on over four decades of extensive work of song restoration; having emerged in the 1960s out of an urgency to ensure that the artistic practices of their ancestors was not lost. The current direction of the Dancers of Damelahamid is to redefine and characterize their practice in order that the dances may continue to be tangible and accessible for the next generation.

The company has produced the annual Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008. The company’s full length dance works have reached national and international audiences and include Setting the Path 2004, Sharing the Spirit 2007, Visitors Who Never Left 2009, Dancing Our Stories 2010, Spirit Transforming 2012, and In Abundance 2013.

Dancers of Damelahamid

Choreographer: Margaret Grenier
Composer: Andrew Grenier
Gitxsan Translations: Elder Betsy Lomax
Cree song: Lawrence Trottier
Multi-media Production and Design: Andy Moro
Graphics Design: Shaun Kingerlee
Coastal Designs/Masks: Andrew Grenier
Sound Designer and some music: Ted Hamilton
Dramaturg: Charles Koroneho
Regalia and costume design: Rebecca Baker
Performers: Margaret Grenier, Nigel Grenier, Raven Grenier, Rebecca Baker, Jeanette Kotowich

The Vancouver East Cultural Centre commissioned Flicker where it premiered in May 2016. It was co-produced by the Canada Dance Festival, with an eastern premiere at the National Arts Centre, June 2016, and supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, and the Vancouver Foundation.

Dancers of Damelahamid are available for a number of outreach and audience engagement activities such as lecture-demonstrations, workshops, dance classes and artist talks. Activities include interactive dance movement as well as background information on Indigenous knowledge and dance history. The Dancers of Damelahamid are experienced in delivering numerous creative projects that involve the community, working with youth, Elders and collaborating with Indigenous artists.

Artistic Director, Margaret Grenier, has extensive experience as a presenter for cultural workshops on story, song and dance for schools, conferences, galleries, and museums. She has worked as a consultant for Indigenous art and educational programs for organizations such as the Bill Reid Art Gallery, the Vancouver School Board and as a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University. She has sat on several artist panels with discussions around dance and diversity.

The Dancers of Damelahamid provide two types of workshops:
1. Community outreach workshop (accessible to all levels)
This workshop is designed for schools or as a community engagement workshop. The workshop is movement-based with discussion on the cultural significance of Coastal Indigenous movement techniques as well as the importance of story and language within the dance form.
2. Workshop for exploring contemporary coastal dance (some dance experience)
The Dancers of Damelahamid will facilitate a movement-based workshop centered on the contemporary Coastal Indigenous dance form. In addition, participants will gain awareness of the dynamic and innovative qualities of current Indigenous dance practices. Through basic dance instruction and sharing of song and story, participants will engage in the shared experience of dance.

  • Title of Work: Flicker
  • Premiere Date and Venue/Location: May/June 2016,The Cultch and CDF.
  • This project is a: Full Length Work (General Audience; Mainstage, Indigenous: Company members: Gitxsan, Cree, Squamish and Kwagiulth)
  • Length in Minutes (including intermission): 75 minutes
  • Is there an intermission: No
  • Number of Performers on Tour: 5
  • Number of Support Staff on Tour: 2
  • Per-Performance Fee Range: $2500-5000
  • Available to Tour (Season): 2018/19 Season, 2019/20 Season

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Informations complémentaires

• Minimum 30’w x 28’depth (inside masking) danceable stage area
• Stage Surface: Black dance floor Rosco Marley or equivalent, professionally laid and taped, without rosin or residue
• Masking: Black traveller or upstage curtain, 4 legs per side and borders as required. All masking should be hung cleanly and symmetrically, with final adjustments possible at the install.
• Crossover minimum 3’ wide with simple, efficient access to stage right & left
• Lighting System: Professionally focused dance style rep plot including booms with shins and over-shins, 2 colour backlight, tips and a gobo wash. Possibility to customize colour and patch. A programmable console and dedicated crew capable of executing the contents of this rider within the allocated time under the guidance of Flicker’s Technical Director.
• Audio: Professional stereo front of house audio system capable of clean highs and substantial lows. Sufficient and variable onstage monitoring 1/8” stereo input; 1 Handheld Wireless Mic,
• 4 hours of pre-hang, 8 hours of setup, and 4 hours of rehearsal with 3 crew before the first performance;
• Strike of 3 hours with 2-4 crew;•

Sechelt Arts Festival, Sechelt, BC, October 2016
Danse sur les routes de Quebec network, October/November 2017
Danse Danse, Le MAI, Place des Arts, Montreal, PQ, November 2017
Dance Victoria, January 2018
DanceWorks, Toronto, ON, February 2018
Made in BC network, 2018/2019


Contact Information/Coordonnées

Company Name / Nom de la compagnie
Dancers of Damelahamid
Address / Adresse
200 – 100 Park Royal South, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A2
Indigenous Territory
Company is currently based on Squamish, Musqueam and Tsleil-Waututh
Contact Person / Personne-ressource
Margaret Grenier
Phone / Téléphone
Email / Courriel

Full Length Video

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