Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo, photo by Francois Leger-Savard, still from Smudge

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanienkeha:ka (Mohawk) of mixed heritage originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal. Barbara is currently the Artistic Director and Choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 25 years, she specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives by often combining powwow, Haudenosaunee dance, and mainstream contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations and tastes. She takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally. Barbara also works with various organizations to educate, help create safe spaces, and support Indigenous artists across the globe. Her goals are to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication.

Smudge (Cinédanse film)
Smudge [definition] “A practice used by many Indigenous people involving the burning of medicine plants and immersing oneself in the smoke. It is used to cleanse, bring good energy, dispel the negative, connect with ancestors and the Earth.” Two generations—the past and future. The strength of tradition, the isolation of the contemporary world. Joined by blood, joined by Earth. The film asks: Can this connection overcome the emptiness?