Choreographer and performer
Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo has been a dancer and choreographer for over 25 years and has received many awards. Combining First Nations traditional dancing with contemporary dance, she shares her cultural background through her choreographic pieces in Canada, at the Banff Center (Banff), the National Art Center (Ottawa), the Olympic Stadium (Montreal), the Primatic Arts Festival (Halifax), the Confederation Centre for the Arts (Charlottetown); and abroad at the Heard Museum (Phoenix / Arizona) and the Gathering of Nations (Albuquerque / New Mexico).
It is important to tell stories through art, and it is part of an old tradition that keeps developing. In my opinion, to evolve, one must honour the paths their ancestors travelled along, turn towards future generations, and understand and explore diverse perspectives. I aspire to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, elevate the spirit, and increase education and communication. Many things hinder our body and our spirit, but I chose to dance freely.