Sammy Chien’s 2015 collaboration with Starr Muranko/Raven Spirit Dance is having a remount of the work Spine of the Mother as part of Earth Song presented by New Works. More chances to see his deeply slow-morphing-abstracted-image projections of the mother earth and cosmos integrated with Starr’s choreographic embodiment of indigeneity, spirituality and the beautifully profound feminine qualities in relationship to the land.



April 20, 2018, 7 p.m., Evergreen Cultural Centre, Coquitlam
April 21, 2018, 8 p.m., Presentation House, North Vancouver
April 22, 2018, 2 p.m., Roundhouse Community Arts Centre, Vancouver
Tickets: Pay what you can at the door. Suggested $15 Adults, $5 Children.
Advance tickets for guaranteed seating available online at

Earth Song is a mixed program of contemporary Aboriginal dance, featuring choreography by Starr Muranko and Michelle Olson. Two visionary choreographers bring their diverse voices to the act of connection. Moving from Spirit to form through currents of spatial tension, these are the songs of the land and body, deeply rooted and ever reaching. Starr Muranko’s Spine of the Mother and Michelle Olson’s Northern Journey traverse territories of impulse, memory, and landscape. Additionally, the program includes the solo, Frost Exploding Trees Moon, choreographed by Michelle Olson; this piece follows the breath, instinct and impulse of a woman on her northern trap line.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the ancestral, and unceded Indigenous territories of the ʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations.


Spine of the Mother

Choreographer: Starr Muranko

with performers Tasha Faye Evans & Sarah Formosa

(with original cast: Andrea Patriau & Olivia Shaffer)

Projection Design: Sammy Chien in collaboration with the team

Lights by John Carter

Dramaturge: Alvin Erasga Tolentino

Additional Dramaturgy: Alejandro Ronceria

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