THANK-YOU FOR TAKING PART IN OUR DEZZA DANCE DEEP ROOTS CEREMONY APRIL 5 & 6 IN VANCOUVER!

The Deep Roots Cast headed down to Spanish Banks to release your flowers into the ocean and send blessings to the Ancestors following Saturday’s performance.

Garrick Jang, Laurie McEwen, Lyne Hawryzki, Wendy Chan, Deb Commander, Claire Plunkett-Blazi, Linda Rosenheck, Tannis Fisher, Rachel Helten & Ezequiel Peralta

Garrick Jang, Laurie McEwen, Lyne Hawryzki, Wendy Chan, Deb Commander, Claire Plunkett-Blazi, Linda Rosenheck, Tannis Fisher, Rachel Helten & Ezequiel Peralta

JOIN US THIS FALL FOR THE NEXT ANCESTRAL HEALING EXPLORATION WITH COMMUNITY & PROFESSIONAL DANCERS AND LIVE MUSIC @ ABERTHAU MANSION/ WEST POINT GREY COMMUNITY CENTRE. OUR NEXT DANCE RESIDENCY PROJECT!

WE WELCOME YOU!

Cherylann Buckman on dancing in Deep Roots below.

Watch the ceremony filmed by Willan Leung on SAT APRIL 6TH, 2019 now below

Sending blessings to the Ancestors and releasing residual pain to the ocean for healing

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Audience member Laurie speaks on receiving a healing during the Deep Roots ceremony Saturday, April 6th.

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Dezza Community Dancer Tannis Fisher speaks on the transformation she experienced in Deep Roots

PHOTO: RACHEL HELTEN & CLAIRE-PLUNKETT-BLAZI | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO: RACHEL HELTEN & CLAIRE-PLUNKETT-BLAZI | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

Audience member Jeannette on the impact of Deep Roots

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A Dance Residency Project with Dezza Dance & West Point Grey Community Centre

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HONOURING THE ANCESTORS & BRINGING HOPE TO GENERATIONS PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE

Desirée Dunbar, Lead Artist | Martin Reisle, Cellist/ Composer | Rachel Helten & Juan Villegas, Dance Artists | Ezequiel Peralta, Art Projectionist

DEZZA COMMUNITY DANCERS: Cherylann Buckman, Deb Commander, Tannis Fisher, Eileen Fogarty-Ellis, Lyne Hawryzki, Garrick Jang, Lisa Jordan, Claire Plunkett-Blazi, Linda Rosenheck

A dance residency project supported in part by West Point Grey Community Association, Vancouver Parks Board & Deux Mille Foundation

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FRI APRIL 5 @ 7PM &

SAT APRIL 6 @ 4PM

ABERTHAU MANSION/ WEST POINT GREY COMMUNITY CENTRE| 4397 W 2ND AVE | VANCOUVER | FREE PARKING | dezzadance@gmail.com

DESIREE DUNBAR | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

DESIREE DUNBAR | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO: DESIREE DUNBAR, RACHEL HELTEN & CLAIRE-PLUNKETT-BLAZI | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO: DESIREE DUNBAR, RACHEL HELTEN & CLAIRE-PLUNKETT-BLAZI | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

Thank-you to our generous partners, West Point Grey Community Association, Vancouver Parks Board, Deux Mille Foundation & Private Donors

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Desirée Dunbar, MFA is choreographer and embodiment therapist. She brings the best of contemporary dance, embodied inquiry and energy medicine to facilitate inner resolution.

She is lead artist for this Dezza Dance Intergenerational Dance Residency Project with Martin Reisle, Cellist/ Composer, Rachel Helten & Juan Villegas, Dancers Community Dancers and Ezequiel Peralta, Art projectionist.

Dezza Dance Community Ensemble: Cherylann Buckmann, Deb Commander, Tannis Fisher, Eileen Fogarty-Ellis, Lyne, Hawryzki, Garrick Jang, Lisa Jordan, Claire Plunkett-Blazi, Linda Rosenheck

“Aberthau” is a Gaelic term meaning “filled with light” and it is our intention to welcome in the light for the land, all those that have walked on it, the century old home in which we practice and our individual and collective hearts.

This special presentation is what we call a “dance ceremony”.

Dance, gesture and spontaneous movement are used to get to new depths of understanding, reconciliation and closure in the face of difficult and seemingly impossible situations.

The ensemble of professional and intergenerational community dancers began sharing, embodying and healing personal histories earlier this year with lead artist Desirée Dunbar and musician Martin Reisle.

Stories from generations past held in the body and DNA emerge through embodied inquiry and healing is brought through energy medicine.

Music is an integral part of this journey and Martin Reisle, Cellist and composer is a key collaborator on the project.

Visual storytelling is also present through art projection created by Ezequiel Peralta (Buenos Aires, Argentina).

DEEP ROOTS TRAILER WITH RACEHL HELTEN & JUAN VILLEGAS BY WILLAN LEUNG

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The ensemble invites you to join them in a ceremony to honour the ancestors and to bring hope for generations past, present and future.

PHOTO: DESIREE DUNBAR, RACHEL HELTEN | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO: DESIREE DUNBAR, RACHEL HELTEN | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

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Our creative journey…

PHOTO: DESIREE DUNBAR, RACHEL HELTEN & CLAIRE-PLUNKETT-BLAZI | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTO: DESIREE DUNBAR, RACHEL HELTEN & CLAIRE-PLUNKETT-BLAZI | EMILY COOPER PHOTOGRAPHY

MARTIN REISLE, CELLIST & COMPOSER

MARTIN REISLE BY DAVID COOPER

MARTIN REISLE BY DAVID COOPER

RACHEL HELTEN & JUAN VILLEGAS BY DAVID COOPER

RACHEL HELTEN & JUAN VILLEGAS BY DAVID COOPER

LISA JORDAN, LINDA ROSENHECK, CHERYLANN BUCKMANN & DEB COMMANDER

LISA JORDAN, LINDA ROSENHECK, CHERYLANN BUCKMANN & DEB COMMANDER

Thank-you for joining us! See you in September for the next ancestral healing exploration.