Dance artist, Creative Content Creator, AfroIndigenous
Aïcha Bastien-N’Diaye is a dance artist from Quebec, hailing from Wendake (Wendat) and of Guinean descent (Jola). Combining tradition and modernity, physicality and expressivity in a wide array of genres, and drawing on a wealth of cultures, practices and aesthetics, Aïcha embodies a vision of the current dance scene, open to the world and to others. Being a content creator has allowed Aïcha to further her mission of bringing people together and affecting change in relation to real diverse representation, art, and accessibility.
Photo by Anne-Marie Desmarais
Starr Muranko is a dancer, choreographer and Mother and is the Co-Artistic Director of Raven Spirit Dance based in Vancouver. As a choreographer she is most interested in the stories that we carry within our bodies and Ancestral connections to land that transcend time and space. Her choreographic work has been shared both locally and nationally including presentations at the Dance Centre, Firehall Arts Centre, Talking Stick Festival, Coastal Dance Festival, Dancing on the Edge Festival, Weesageechak Begins to Dance, Impact Festival and InFringing Dance Festival.
Starr has been a proud company dancer with the Dancers of Damelahamid since 2005, touring across Canada and internationally with the company and trained under the guidance and mentorship of the late Elder Margaret Harris. She has facilitated several dance workshops through ArtsStarts in Schools, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre, the NEC – Native Education College, Vines Art Festival and Matriarch’s Uprising Festival/TSV Working Class. Recently Starr was invited as a guest choreographer to co-lead an exciting creation lab with Ballet BC and Margaret Grenier.
She is passionate about leaving a meaningful legacy for future generations and has worked with children and youth on community art projects in her Mother’s home territory of James Bay (Treaty 9) in the communities of Attawapiskat and Moose Factory. Starr honours and celebrates her mixed Ancestry of Cree (Moose Cree First Nation), French and German in all of her work. www.ravenspiritdance.com