Olivia C. Davies is a Contemporary Indigenous dance artist, choreographer, community-arts facilitator, producer, and emerging writer of Anishinaabe, French-Canadian, Finnish and Welsh heritage. Davies’ works often explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. Her recent choreographic explorations are driven by a desire to explore neo-traditional aspects of her Indigeneity, story-weaving, and collaborative projects that bring about new awareness of the world around us.
Co-creative director & creative technologist, Athomas Goldberg, brings several years of experience in the creation of hybrid live/virtual performances through his work as a co-founder of both Pepper’s Ghost New Media & Performing Arts Collective, and Shocap Entertainment, and as a consultant to the interactive entertainment and virtual reality industries through his company, Lifelike & Believable Animation Design.
Gloria May Eshkibok is from the Wikwemikong unceded territory on Manitoulin Island. Currently residing on the Capilano unceded territory of the Squamish Nation, Eshkibok has been an actress, singer, writer and producer for more than 30 years and has collaborated with O.Dela Arts as cultural advisor since 2018.
Joshua Mangeshig Pawis-Steckley is an Ojibwe illustrator from Barrie, ON. He is a member of Wasauksing, FN and is currently living in the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh peoples. His work aims to rejuvenate Ojibwe culture using a modern woodland art style.
Visit his instagram @mangeshig for more of his work.
Michael Red is a Vancouver based music producer, composer, curator, performer and DJ. The founding member of the respected bass music collective Lighta! Sound, head of the Low Indigo leftfield music label, one half of LA FE, one half of Chambers, former curator for New Forms Festival for over ten years, Bass Coast Music Festival resident and curator, Shambhala Music Festival performer over ten years, former long term collaborator with throat singer Tanya Tagaq, and ambient/experimental artist under the alias Souns.
Raven John, artist, involuntary comedian and two spirit activist, is of Coast Salish and Stolo Nation decent. This Two-spirit Trickster is a BFA graduate from ECU, with a major in visual art and minor in social practice and community engagement. Raven is a visual artist, cultural consultant, mediator, storyteller, photographer and sculptor. A jack-of-all-trades (and master of a few), their practice covers a wide array of mediums from provocation and humor, puppet making, ceramics, dressmaking, interactive electronics and indigenous technologies. www.ravenjohn.com
Treaty 1-born Sophie Dow is a multidisciplinary creative, inspired by dance, music, film, collaboration and Métis-Assiniboine + French/Ukrainian roots. An avid adventurer, Sophie exudes passions for busking, yoga and traveling on top of holding a degree in Dance Performance and Choreography from York University. Sophie is a freelance dancer/choreographer/sound designer and a puddle jumping trickster. www.sophiedow.com
Daisy Thompson is a European settler who lives on the unceded territories of the Skwxwú7mesh, Səl̓ílwətaɬ and xʷməθkwəy̓əm First Nations. Through dance performance, teaching, and writing, she seeks to extend ideas of the dancing body as a key site for the questioning and interruption of logics of control in relation to culture and identity.
O.Dela Arts & Pepper’s Ghost New Media & Performing Arts Collective
Since its inception, O.Dela Arts seeks to develop audiences for Contemporary Indigenous dance and multidisciplinary arts. Under the leadership of professional dance artist Olivia C. Davies, the organization has built a solid foundation of peer exchange, professional development opportunities and performance series. Highlights include the creation of multiple Contemporary Indigenous dance works including residencies and presentations in Vancouver, Montreal, Calgary, Toronto, Prince Rupert, and Nanaimo, BC. Our Talking Truths series of circle conversations hosted by Olivia and featuring Indigenous choreographers from across Turtle Island, Aotearoa, and Australia have provided new ways to educate audiences to the nuances of Contemporary Indigenous dance practice and have been supported by partner organizations including DanceHouse Vancouver, Talking Stick Festival, Downtown Eastside Heart of the City Festival, and Dance West Network.