- Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch, and Elisa Harkins: "RADIO III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ"
Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ is the first collaboration between Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch, and Elisa Harkins. It is an Indigenous futuristic concert, a beautiful and uncomfortable dance performance, and a perverse triangle of shifting power that seeks to be unfaithful to both minimalism and postmodern dance’s claims to so-called “neutrality.”
This choreography in the expanded field haunts the recognizable toolbox of abstraction, form, repetition, and pattern by striving to make visible that which has been kept invisible and illegible in colonial systems of aesthetics.
Within Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ there are many references to the number 3; there are 3 performers, the piece has 3 sections, and there are 3 duets, one being a triplet. Created and developed on the Muscogee Reservation, Stockholm, Sweden, and Montréal, Quebec, the piece brings together components and concerns that are interdisciplinary and counter-colonial approaches to performance.
RADIO III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ premiered at MAI in Montréal in June 2019.
- About Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Zoë Poluch and Elisa Harkins
Hanako Hoshimi-Caines is a mother, dancer, performance-maker, writer, questioner, enthusiast and organizer born and based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her work plays with the pleasure and the haunt of the familiar as strategies of resistance and transformation. Intrigued by language and the humor of logic, she has found her immediate familial relations to be a treasure trove of mystical and practical insights into art and performance making. Hanako has collaborated with a range of dance artists, choreographers and companies, notably the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. Her independent and collaborative works have been shown in Canada and internationally. Deeply invested in spaces that bring people together from all walks of life, Hanako has organized discussion groups, shared studio frameworks, and fundraisers for RECAA (community organization countering elder abuse in ethno-cultural communities). She co-curated Focus on Dance Research conference (Concordia University) and Quantum Fur (Studio 303). Hanako recently graduated with an honors degree in Western Philosophy from Concordia University. She is currently guest co-curator of the Centre de Création O Vertigo in Montreal, QC.
Zoë Poluch’s artistic practice puts into motion different mediums and takes shape in different rooms. Her relationship with the “contemporary dance” scene is based on a long term and practice-based interest in the politics and poetics of moving and sensing. She looks forward to the far future, perhaps 2070, when she will inaugurate a dance company for dancing people over 70 years old and tour on a solar airplane. In the past, she studied and worked in Canada and Belgium and could be found dancing and performing with established and emerging choreographers, mostly in Europe and North America. Since 2010 she is based in Stockholm, Sweden and works as Assistant Professor and Head of the Bachelor Programme in Dance Performance at Stockholm University of the Arts. She is currently on parental leave.
Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) artist and composer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her work is concerned with translation, language preservation, and Indigenous musicology. Harkins uses the Cherokee and Mvskoke languages, electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. Harkins received a BA from Columbia College, Chicago and an MFA from CALARTS. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited her work at Crystal Bridges, documenta 14, The Hammer Museum, The Heard Museum, and Vancouver Art Gallery. She created an online Indigenous concert series called 6 Moons, and published a CD of Creek/Seminole Hymns. She is also the DJ of Mvhayv Radio, an Indigenous radio show on 91.1FM in Tulsa, OK and 99.1FM in Indianapolis, IN. Radio III / ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩ ᏦᎢ is a dance performance that features music and choreography by Harkins. With support from PICA and Western Front, songs from the performance have been collected into a limited edition double-LP which can be found on Harkins’ Bandcamp. Harkins resides on the Muscogee (Creek) Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation.
With and by: Zoë Poluch, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Elisa Harkins.
Composer: Elisa Harkins
Light Design: Paul Chambers.
Costumes: Jade Tong Cuong.
Regalia: Carol Young
Earrings: Molly Murphy-Adams
Residencies, co-production: MAI, MDT, Dance Victoria, The Stable, Agora de la danse.
Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Tulsa Artist Fellowship
Discussion partners: Ivanie Aubin-Malo, James Goddard, Maria Kefirova, Justin de Luna, Stina Nyberg, Katie Ward, k.g. Guttman, Kelly Keenan and Magnus Nordberg.
Photo: Kinga Michalska
Performance photos and trailer: Mathieu Verreault