the return

“We hold the memories of our ancestors
We call on the memories of our mothers
We call on the memories of our fathers
our grandmothers
our grandfathers
We call on our old people
The ancient ones
We dream in our descendants, the rising ones
we rest, we work, we wait for…

The Return.
We work to heal-we wait for the return
We prepare the waters and the lands
This is the return.

We’re never alone…
in times when we’re carrying a lot,
we don’t have to carry it alone
In the shakiness, in vulnerability, in love and fear…
I open myself and receive.”

photography by: David Sweeney
International Indigenous Choreography Creation Lab at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity (2019)
led by Alejandro Ronceria.
Choreographer: Jacob Boehme
Dancers: Asalia Arellano, Bella Waru, Nimikii Couchie, Kristy Janvier
Composer: Edgardo Moreno
Lighting: David Sweeney
Costuming: Jolane Houle
Art work: Sally Gabori

remember

About 100 hours of focused meditation (my cushion now has a hole) on ideas of peace to everyone who has been at war to create these 30 poppies. The first one was gifted to a woman who is over 100 years old who told me her husband left her with 4 children under the age of 6 to fight. I was able to donate $145 to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 73 for their poppy fund. Thank-you for all the support.

Forest Floor-Nocturne, Halifax

“Join Janvier as the spruce roots of her home land take a journey above ground, allowing the audience to make a connection with the artist as each viewer relates to the spruce roots from their own lived experience.”

photos by: Kylee Nunn 

emerge

“Shedding superficial layers that shield her from the cold, Janvier resigns to a snowy wood bisected by a dark creek. Her rigidity thaws into a fluid ritual, bathing in the icy air insulated only by her underthings and her resolve. In a vulnerable moment, this human finds primal solidarity with water (in all its states) as a generator of life. Though the work feels technically primitive, the narrative Janvier gently weaves is direct and honest.” (review: Sarah Jo Kirsch-The Uniter)

E|Merge is the name of the residency I attended at Earthdance, MA. While I was there, most of my work time was spent outdoors either in collaboration with others or alone in the woods. I came across this spot along the creek which a friend had named the womb centre. In a space of healing my own wounds, I sat down and was thinking of transformation of the snow to water, especially as we held a New Moon gathering where we melted snow, carried it to a tiny cabin in the woods, whispered our thoughts/prayers/wishes to the water before meditating in silence. As women we are influenced by the waters in and around us with our cycles. The blanket as remembrance to those who have gone before us and a reminder to keep our circles strong. 

*after previewing the video at the end of the residency, I shared a story of a burn I experienced on my lower stomach and how I wished I could meditate the scars to magically disappear. Just like how I wished the snow we melted and whispered to (which turned brown) would magically be clear after we meditated together. From there I place the vessel of water on my stomach where I did a dance with it with musicians improvising live music. 

Screened at the following festivals:
Asinabka Festival (Ottawa)- August 2018
Skylines Dance and Film Festival (Winnipeg)- August 2018
Mile Zero’s Reeling (Edmonton)- September 2018
WNDX Festival of Moving Images (Winnipeg)- September 2018
VideoSkin Contemporary Dance Video Works (Yukon)- November 2018

Dancing Light Through Birch Bark

Archeological Photographer Hilary McDonald, Dancer/Choreographer Kristy Janvier and Composer/Musician Mark Kolt will take you on a live tribute with music and dance of Birch Bark Biting of Pat Bruderer.

Contemporary dance by Kristy Janvier; harmonica by Doug McGregor; birch bark biting inspired from the works of Half Moon Woman, Pat Bruderer; concept, video and audio recording by Hilary McDonald.

blueberry jam

My first attempt at beadwork and these little blues were a success! Taking orders, just send a message in contact on About page. 

 

ObScene

"ob"- toward, against, across, down, over, for the sake of...

obedience
obey
object
obligation
obligatory
oblique
oblivion
observe
obsess
obsidian
obstacles
obstetrical
obstruct
obtrusive
obvious

 

ObScene: By holding onto our beliefs or judgements, how can we create connection? A performance art piece that explores healthy sensuality as a means of release.
Performed at Sarasvati's International Women's Week Cabaret of Monologues: I AM UNSTOPPABLE

Forest Floor

I prefer decay over destruction... but I found myself causing destruction by ripping up these roots in search of connection. Nature always finds a way to push up through the concrete but how do we return to the Earth?

Photos by my cousins: Tenille Campbell, assisted by Alex George

Indian Tales

Fact or Fiction?
"Nobody does Native Americana better than" these authors. 

Forest Floor- Weesageechak 30

A work in progress showing at Weesageechak Begins to Dance presented by Native Earth.
Video to come soon. 

photo credit: Kaytee Dalton

Re:

re-

prefix1.

indicating return to a previous condition,restoration, withdrawal, etc: rebuild, renew,retrace, reunite

2.

indicating repetition of an action: recopy, remarry

Returning to Canada one year ago (July 1, 2016) I reflect on my notes from a conversation and presentation I attended while in Winnipeg, MB.  It's hard to imagine to return to the person or state I was before.  I've lived away from Canada for so long and  have been watching the resurgence of First Nations people from afar.  At times the process seems slow but never had I felt more reverence for the people who are rising above and returning to the heart of this land.