Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
Choreographer & dancer
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal. A dancer and choreographer for over 25 years, she specializes in combining traditional First Nation’s dance and contemporary styles. She takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally – notably the Banff Centre; Heard Museum, Arizona; Olympic Stadium, Montreal; Gathering of Nations, New Mexico; Prismatic Arts Festival, Halifax; National Arts Centre, Ottawa, etc.
Barbara is collaborating with filmmaker Pepper O’bomsawin for the co-creation of their short dance film.
Telling our stories through art is important and follows a long tradition that is still growing. Honouring my ancestors’ path, looking forward to future generations, understanding and exploring different perspectives, for me, is key to evolution. My goals are to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication. Many things have hindered our bodies and spirit, but I choose to dance freely.
Photo credit: Emily Smith