“I always took an interest in this story – this disaster – because my great-grandfather was one of the men who died on the bridge that day.”
– Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo
A century old story told through contemporary movement and traditional Indigenous dance.
This new multidisciplinary dance theatre piece explores the impact of the Quebec bridge disaster of 1907, which killed 33 ironworkers from the Mohawk community of Kahnawake. When the steel bridge collapses while under construction, the aftermath echoes across generations and across North America. A visually stunning piece that bridges the past to the present, exploring tragedy, family and community resilience.
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. Her goal is to inspire others, encourage cultural pride, uplift the spirit, and increase education and communication.