2023 Canada Winter Games presents IllumiNATION Festival // SAMQWAN with supporting act 24 Strong| Sobey Family Theatre
Created and Choreographed by Sarah Prosper
The 2023 Canada Games and Confederation Centre for the Arts have teamed up for a series of IllumiNATION Festival shows. Join us for IllumiNATION – a 14-day celebration of PEI and Canadian arts and culture. Festivities will take place across the Island with every event open to the public and FREE to attend!
If you reserve tickets and later find out you are unable to attend, please call our Box Office at 1 (800) 565-0278 to return your tickets.
Samqwan is the Mi’kmaq word for water and this new multi-disciplinary show, created and choreographed by Eskasoni artist Sarah Prosper, will inspire and welcome you to experience the value of water from an indigenous perspective; its sacredness, purposes, and to show the gift of walking in two worlds but also the responsibilities.
Ke’aknutama’tinej – Can we talk
Ke’amakaltinej – Can we dance
Sarah Prosper (She/her ni’n/nekem) – Director / Creator / Choreographer
Sarah Prosper, is a 22 year old L’nu woman, from Mi’kmaq community Eskasoni (Wekwistoqnik ~ land of the fir trees). An accomplished creator and leader in the arts dance and culture, Sarah has performed, collaborated, co-created, co-produced, consulted, in Indigenous inspired multi-disciplinary, interdisciplinary, and intergenerational productions, most recently: Koqm (shalan joudry), Nutuwiek? (NS Choral Federation), Alan Sylliboy & The Thundermakers (Co presented with Symphony NS), Fluid Forms ~ Utawtiwow Kijinaq (Mocean Dance & Sara Coffin), Ki’kwa’ju Reimagining Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf (FSPA, Christina Murray & Shelly MacDonald) & Lost Soul (George Woodhouse & the Public Service).
Sarah creates and moves through topics of inter-generational healing, history, health, wellness, and truth, through these elements and stories of our history and the land, uplifting contemporary Indigenous artistry with an approach that is guided by Mi’kmaq spirituality. Sarah hopes to incorporate Indigenous creativeness in movement of all forms and help others find their inherent ability to move freely with Ms~t No’kmaq (All My Relations).