Pronounced Kat-hara, Kathara’s beginnings are in the Philippines, a vision to coexist in peace and harmony with one another and the abundant environment; to celebrate the beautiful diversity of tribal peoples in Mindanao. “Lupa Ay Buhay” Land is Life!! Kathara continues the legacy here in Canada between Filipinos and the Aboriginal peoples of Canada.
Premiering a groundbreaking collaboration at Surrey Fusion Festival (SFF) as part of the journey towards a historical event titled: The Third International Babaylan Conference held on Sept.23-25 at Gibsons aimed to revitalize indigenous traditions of Filipinos, Coast Salish and Turtle Islanders. Kathara has touched Vancouver’s community for 14 years and annually showcases in Surrey Fusion Festival engaging audiences in a vibrant musical dance presentation. Kathara features inter-generational, mixed heritage artists in traditional and contemporary approaches Mindanaoan of indigenous cultural arts. Preserving heritage and to deeply explore one’s ancestral roots connected to an indigenous past, ignites the passion of Kathara’s artists.
Butterflies In Spirit (BIS) is a dance troupe made up of mostly family members of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women that raises awareness of violence against indigenous women and girls across Canada. BIS commemorates the victims of violence in Vancouver and across Canada. Founder Lorelei started wearing the image of missing Auntie Belinda Williams, and murdered cousin Tanya Holyk. Other dancers perform wearing images and honouring family lost. Their fusion of contemporary, hiphop with traditional dance choreographed by PowWow dancer- Madelaine McCallum and for the first time with live musical accompaniment by Kathara.
This collaboration was spearheaded by Co-Founder/ Artistic Director/Dancer Choreographer of Kathara- Babette Santos and Founder/Dancer of Butterflies In Spirit-Lorelei Williams.
Kathara and Butterflies In Spirit are proud to present a powerful presentation of Filipino and Turtle Islander Indigenous arts on beautiful Unceded Coast Salish Territory.
July 23, 2016 Surrey Fusion Festival
written by Babette Santos