Compaigni V’ni Dansi is one of our most unique clients. They perform and teach traditional Métis dance and culture. They always have a blast on stage and their high energy dances are worth checking out and are certain to keep everyone entertained. Come and check them out on November 15th, 2008 at the Roundhouse Community Centre.
Here is the press release we've been sending out:
Compaigni V’ni Dansi invites you to escape the relentless electioneering for one night and celebrate the life of a Canadian folk hero: Louis Riel.
The third annual Louis Riel Day Celebration will be held November 15, 2008 at the Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. In addition to honouring Louis Riel – who inspired the rebirth of the Métis nation – the Festival is a chance to celebrate the breadth and vitality of contemporary Métis culture in Canada.
Building on the success of last year, this promises to be the biggest and best Celebration so far, featuring Juno-nominated and Aboriginal Music Award winner Wayne Lavallee; traditional story-telling from Winston Wuttunee, one of Canada’s premiere aboriginal performers; readings from the acclaimed Métis poet and writer Gregory Scofield; traditional powwow and Métis dance from rising star Madeleine McCallum and a special performance by Yvonne Chartrand of Marguerite, a solo piece inspired by the life of Louis Riel’s wife.
The evening also features the Louis Riel Métis Dancers, with special guest from Regina Jeanne Pelletier, and will conclude with the Red River Jig with everyone invited to join in.
Yvonne Chartrand from Compaigni V’ni Dansi said: “As we enter our third year, the Louis Riel Day Celebration has become a fixture on the Vancouver cultural scene. It reflects the unique cultural heritage of the Métis – a blending of French, Scottish, Irish, English, Scandinavian and First Nations. It’s a celebration for the entire community of Vancouver.”
Compaigni V’ni Dansi is the only company in Canada dedicated to teaching and performing traditional and contemporary Métis dance, creating a unique form of expression. The company shares Métis stories and culture with Aboriginal and mainstream audiences with a special interest in passing our dances on to today’s youth. Our mission is to create a repertoire of work that reflects Métis culture. We also seek out contemporary dance and artistic collaborations that bring new light and understanding to these traditions.
Second Annual Louis Riel Day Celebration, a Festival of Métis Culture
November 15, 7.30 pm.
Roundhouse Community Centre (181 Roundhouse Mews – Davie @ Pacific)
Adult $18.00; Student/Senior: $12.75; Child: $7.75; Tickets Tonight, www.ticketstonight.ca or by phone: 604.684.2787 special group rates available, please contact Allyson McGrane at 604.873.6373.
Compaigni V’ni Dansi, www.vnidansi.ca