Backbone ferociously brings to life the electricity, circuitry, and impulses of a sentient land as it emerges from millions of years of restlessness. With powerful live music and highly physical solos, duets and ensembles, the performers interpret nature's spine and landscapes to embody Indigenous mapping and Western cartography.

Nominated for 3 Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Co-produced and original commission by the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.


“The choreography is raw and frequently ferocious.”

 – The Calgary Herald

  • 9 dancers, 1 musician, 3 crew
  • Second day open (same day by arrangement)
  • 60 minutes running time

Company Tech Rider - Backbone (PDF, 299KB)

European Tour: January 21-February 24, 2019

January 24: Theater Tilburg, Tilburg, Netherlands
January 25: Theater aan de Parade, Den Bosch, Netherlands
January 26, Schouwburg Kunstmin, Dordrecht, Netherlands
January 27: Oberrheinhalle Offenburg, Offenburg, Germany
January 30: Schouwburg de Kring, Roosendaal, Netherlands
January 31: Cultureel Centrum de West, Aalst, Belgium
February 1: Parktheater Eindhoven, Eindhoven, Netherlands
February 2: Theater de Flint, Amersfoort, Netherlands
February 3: Stadttheater Minden, Minden, Germany
February 6: Theater de Blauwe Kei, Veghel, Netherlands
February 7: Schouwburg Amstelveen, Amstelveen, Netherlands
February 8: Theater des Stoep, Spijkenisse, Netherlands
February 9: Achterolmen Cultureel Centrum, Maseik, Belgium
February 12: Scharoun-Theater, Wolfsburg, Germany
February 13: Stadsschouwburg Velsen, Ijmuijden, Netherlands
February 14: Stadsschouwburg Middelburg, Middelburg, Netherlands
February 15: Theater de Lampegiet, Veenendaal, Netherlands
February 17: National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, Poland
February 20: Schouwburg Cuijk, Cuijk, Netherlands
February 21: Schouwurg de Meerse, Hoofdoorp, Netherlands
February 22: De Rijswijkse Schouwburg, Rijswijk, Netherlands
February 23: Deventer Schouwburg, Deventer, Netherlands

Danse Danse, Montreal: March 19-23, 2019
19 March 2019 – 8 PM
20 March 2019 – 8 PM
21 March 2019 – 8 PM
22 March 2019 – 8 PM
23 March 2019 – 8 PM


“Powerful images of beauty, composed again and again by dancers who seemingly overcome weight and gravity, carried by pure emotion and unrestrained energy.Movement is at moments acrobatic, poetic, rough, rhythmical, breathing, and aggressive.”

– The Offenburger, Germany


“Powerful…hypnotizing..flawless articulation."

– The Dance Current


“Charged…the combination of sound and motion felt like an extension of my own heartbeat. That’s no faint praise.”
– The Globe and Mail


“Backbone represents an Indigenous vision and philosophy of mapping land and space that is visually arresting and emotionally impactful. With live percussion, virtuosic choreography, and a stunning display of physical strength, Backbone is impressive.”
– The Coast


“It is vigorous, aerobic, living and breathing, shifting, rising and falling and faster than you expect.”
– Mooney On Theatre


“Insanely physical, raw, athletic, sensual, and a bold assertion of Indigenous truths.”
– Broadway World


For booking inquiries please contact:


Brent Belsher
Belsher Arts Management
T: +1.604.209.6337

Chris Tschida
Belsher Arts Management
T: +1.612.209.4225


Niels Gamm
Chief Executive / Kulturconsulting
T: +49.151.2353.6053