Sara Riel: A Journey

Sara RielInspired by the life of Louis Riel’s sister Sara (pictured), this dance performance is being co-presented by New Dance Horizons and Compaigni V’ni Dansi as part of NDH’s House of Dance series.

Born in St. Boniface, MB in 1848, Sara joined the Grey Nuns as a novice in 1865. Three years later, she became the first Grey Nun of Metis ancestry at Red River. From there she was dispatched to her father’s home community of Ile-a-la-Crosse in what is now north-west Saskatchewan where she took the name Sister Marguerite-Marie. She served in the school and mission there until she died from tuberculosis at age 34 in 1883.

Sara Riel: A Journey is a co-creation of dancer/choreographer Robin Poitras and visual artist Edward Poitras, with text by former Saskatchewan poet Tim Lilburn, and performance by Yvonne Chartrand. It will be presented March 28 at 1:30 and 7:30 p.m., March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and March 30 at 1:30 p.m. at 2207 Harvey St. Tickets are Adults $20 and Students & Seniors $15, and the matinees are $15. More information can be obtained by calling 306-525-5393 or you can check out this article I did in the March 20 issue that contains interviews with Robin and Yvonne.

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