Crimson Coast Dance presents ‘The Sun and the Moon,’ a dance adaptation of a book by a Snuneymuxw author. (Chris Randle photo)

Crimson Coast Dance presents ‘The Sun and the Moon,’ a dance adaptation of a book by a Snuneymuxw author. (Chris Randle photo)

Dance adaptation of Coast Salish creation story coming to Port Theatre stage

Crimson Coast Dance presents ‘The Sun and the Moon’ on April 8

The relationship between the sun and the moon is a “breathtaking story of love and creation,” and that story is being interpreted by dancers and shared with audiences.

Crimson Coast Dance presents The Sun and the Moon, a dance adaptation of the book by the same name by Celestine Aleck, a Snuneymuxw author, starring performers Genevieve Johnson and Nicola Jackson.

Crimson Coast artistic director Holly Bright created the The Sun and the Moon dance in 2017-18 and it is now being remounted.

According to a press release, the performance tells a “contemporary creation story” exploring the love between the sun and the moon as they arc across the firmament each day and night.

The release notes that the story’s author participated in the creation of the dance performance in numerous ways.

“The invitation by Celestine Aleck to create this work has been a gift that has brought joy, healing, laughter and that deep, sweaty, fulfilling creative process to each of us. She was adamant that she did not wish to see a work reflecting only her culture, or only mine, yet one that offered a dialogue between the two,” Bright said in the release. “The piece continues to evolve and so do each of us as the work continues to live.”

Also at the show, Nanaimo Contemporary Ballet will perform two short pieces choreographed by Chantelle Ristine to the music of William Good and Ay Lelum – The Good House of Design with projections by Raymond Knight.

WHAT’S ON … The Sun and The Moon will be shown at the Port Theatre on Friday, April 8, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, $35, visit http://porttheatre.com.

READ ALSO: Nanaimo First Nations author Celestine Aleck shares stories during book fest



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