Director & Concept: Sandra Laronde
Choreography: Jera Wolfe, Sandra Laronde, and Ageer
Music & Sound Design: Rick Sacks
Lighting Design: Steve Lucas
Video Design: Andrew Moro
Costume Design: Jeff Chief

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, dance and acrobatic solos, duets, and ensembles, performers interpret nature's spine and landscapes.

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

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Backbone European Tour

January 21 – February, 2019

Netherlands, Germany, Belgium and Poland

Backbone in Quebec

March 19 – 23, 2019

Montreal, QC


“Powerful…hypnotizing..flawless articulation."

– The Dance Current


“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


“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 is a stunning display of physical strength. Backbone is impressive.”
– The Coast


“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