Gathering Light
2nd show for tonight's On the Cusp program of dance
at the Talking Stick Festival...


We are so excited to share the news that due to selling out our 'On the Cusp' program 1 we have decided to add a 2nd show tonight so that we can share the amazing evening with you all.  Our 7:30pm show is sold out but we still have seats available for our newly added 9:15pm show. 
Choreographers that are being featured include Raven Spirit Dance's very own Michelle Olson performing Frost Exploding Trees Moon as well as new work by Artistic Associate Starr Muranko. They will be joined by Rulan Tangen of Dancing Earth (New Mexico) and Margaret Grenier of the Dancers of Damelahamid. Sure to be an amazing evening of powerful dance! 
Tickets on sale now at the Cultch and can be purchased online at: or by contacting the Box Office at: 604-251-1363.

Join us on Friday evening as well for On the Cusp: Program 2 featuring new work by choreographers Daina Ashbee, Waawaate Fobister, Jesse McMann-Sparvier and Brian Solomon!  Tickets are also selling fast! 

We are also co-hosting a series of artist talks and workshops this weekend during the Talking Stick including an Intro to the DTRC (Dancers Transition Resource Centre), choreographer's panel and Raven Spirit Dance Training sampler on Saturday followed by a Hoop Dancing workshop on Sunday! 

Hope to see you at the show tonight and/or Friday! 


Raven Spirit Dance
Contemporary Aboriginal Dance

Rulan Tangen - Dancing Earth (Photo Credit: Joe McNally)Talking Stick Festival

Aboriginal Performance & Art Festival

February 20 - March 4   

  Vancouver, BC      


This vibrant citywide festival provides a stage for extraordinary Aboriginal artists; established and emerging, national and international, performing live music, dance, theatre, multi-media, storytelling and performance art.   


Raven Spirit Dance is excited to be working with Full Circle First Nations Performance and the 2012 Talking Stick Festival where we will be curating TWO exciting evenings of Contemporary Aboriginal Dance as well as several professional development workshops and artist talks! More info here 



Rulan Tangen - Dancing Earth (Photo Credit: Joe McNally)


Join Raven Spirit Dance at The Cultch on March 1 & 2 for two distinct programs:   


On the Cusp: Program 1 

Thursday March 1, 2012  

Vancity Cultch Lab  

Doors 7pm, show 7:30pm and 2nd show just added at 9:15 

Featured choreographers: Margaret Grenier (Dancers of Damelahamid), Michelle Olson & Floyd Favel (Raven Spirit Dance), Starr Muranko (Starrwind Dance Projects) and Rulan Tangen (Dancing Earth)  


On the Cusp: Program 2

Friday March 2, 2012

Vancity Cultch Lab   

Doors 7pm, show 7:30pm followed by artist-talk 

Featured choreographers: Daina Ashbee, Waawaate Fobister, Jesse McMann-Sparvier & Elijah Sweetgrass and Brian Solomon


Tickets for On the Cusp can be purchased at: or phone Box Office at: 604-251-1363.  Seating is limited to 75 your tickets EARLY! 


For information on the complete Talking Stick Festival visit:   

Full Circle First Nations Performance 


"The moment of an impulse is the collision of inherited world-views, traditional and urban cosmologies, and personal and collective histories. From this place, one dances and creates and it is how one arrives at an expression that is a distinct reflection and response to our cultural selves."
- Raven Spirit Dance Society-


About Raven Spirit Dance

Vancouver based Raven Spirit Dance Company was founded in 1999 by Artistic Director Michelle Olson of the Tr'ond?k Hw?ch'in First Nation (Yukon) and is committed to the creation, development and production of Contemporary Aboriginal Dance.  Recent company highlights include the premiere of Gathering Light at the Dancing on the Edge festival and performing with the Yukon First Nation as part of the Cultural Olympiad.  


Thank-you to our generous supporters:  City of Vancouver, Canada Council for the Arts, BC Arts Council, First Peoples' Heritage, Languages & Culture Council's Arts Program, The Dance Centre


Raven Spirit Dance

677 Davie Street (7th floor - Dance Centre)

Vancouver, BC V6B 2G6

Ph: 604-646-0010 


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