Festival Artist Feature: Jera Wolfe

Dancer Jera Wolfe who has long brown hair, wearing drapey black pants is leaning towards one leg with right arm hanging and left arm bent touching right shoulder. The background is a grey gradient.
Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic

Tkaronto/Toronto based choreographer, Jera Wolfe will be performing with Tio’tia:ke/Montréal based poet, Natasha Kanapé Fontaine at Exhibition Park as part of the IN THE PARK series. Jera shares a bit about the dance, About the dream.

What motivated you to make the work you will be sharing at the Guelph Dance Festival?

Jera: This is a duet that is part of a larger work in progress. The full length work will be fully realized and have its world premiere in 2025. The work was inspired by my own journey of re-mapping myself and reclaiming my indigeneity. 

How long have you been working on this piece and how has it changed since its inception? 

J: The is the 4th time the work has ever been performed and probably the last until it becomes part of a full length production. Our first creation phase took place in 2023.

What was your biggest takeaway from the process of creating this work?

J: This work is a privilege for me to perform. I am very inspired by Natasha and feel grateful for the opportunity to move to her voice.

Photo by Aleksandar Antonijevic

Be sure to catch Jera and Natasha performing About the dream IN THE PARK happening Friday, May 31 at 7PM, and Saturday and Sunday, June 1 & 2 at 12noon.

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