Backbone is a cutting-edge dance creation inspired by the ‘spine’ of the continents, charting the vast and rocky terrain of our human landscape. Through contemporary Indigenous dance and raw athleticism, eight dancers bring to life the electricity and impulses of our rocky mountainous backbone.

“The choreography is raw and frequently ferocious.”

- The Calgary Herald

  • 8 dancers, 1 musician, 3 crew
  • Second day open (same day by arrangement)
  • 60 minutes running time
  • Suitable for 250 – 1200 seat venue. Audiences 8+

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


“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


November 2 - 12, 2017 at the Berkeley Street Theatre at Canadian Stage, Toronto. | BOOK NOW
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November 17, 2017 at Live Arts at the Spatz Theatre Halifax, Nova Scotia. | BOOK NOW
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