Daina Ashbee


Daina Ashbee Unrelated

Unrelated (version unplugged)

Unrelated is a dark work that expresses the cruelty and vulnerability confronted by Aboriginal women in Canada. Unrelated boils with feelings of emptiness and erupts with violence suggesting the loss of culture, identity and community. Stunningly interpreted by Areli Moran and Paige Culley, Unrelated is a study of corporeal sub-conscience and Ashbee’s deconstruction and transformation of her own self-image. It is a deliberately disturbing and sensual creation.

Daina Ashbee is an artist, performer and choreographer based in Montreal, Quebec. Her work is often influenced by her Cree Metis and Dutch heritage and her experiences as a young woman, using both contemporary and traditional means as expression.

Most notably, her work has been presented for The Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation (Switzerland 2015), at La Chapelle: Scènes Contemporaines (Montreal 2015, 2016) and at The MAI (Montreal 2014). This fall her work will travel to Bergen, Norway and London, England. 
Daina has been awarded mentorship and residencies at Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique, The MAI (Montreal, Arts Interculturels) and Studio 303 in Montreal for the project, Unrelated. Daina was invited to present her work in Geneva, Switzerland for a gathering hosted by The Global Alliance Against Female Genital Mutilation and Musée d’ethnographie de Genève (MEG). She premiered her newest work Pour at La Chapelle: Scènes Contemporaines in September 2016. Most recently, Daina won PRIX DU CALQ FOR BEST CHOREOGRAPHIC WORK (When the ice melts, will we drink the water?) as well as LE PRIX DÉCOUVERTE DE LA DANSE(Unrelated) presented by Agora de la Danse and Tangente at Les Grands Prix de la Danse de Montréal 2016.


access to performance and in conversation by day ticket only: Thursday 24 November,

post-show in conversation: 21.00 (with Colin Hicks)

performance: 20.00 (1 hour)

The European premiere – Oktoberdans Festival in Bergen & UK premiere performance at SACRED:Homelands Festival have been made possible with the support from