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, masculine 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.

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"Backbone sounds like those mountains have emerged from two million years worth of restlessness. The choreography itself is raw, masculine and frequently ferocious. There's wind, too, which, like Backbone, doesn't blow – It howls… The audience responded with a thundering standing ovation that might have moved the mountain a little itself."
– Calgary Herald


"Throughout the work [Backbone]… they had become a continually shifting landscape. The precision of the dancers' movement intricately mingled with the soundtrack of cracks, creaks and pops, making it unimaginable that one could exist without the other… sound and movement seemed to transcend their distinct categories."
– The Dance Current


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.