Carly Stasko, Imagitator (one who agitates imagination)

The Power of Dance

Dance is powerful. It can be healing, it can be revolutionary, it can be vulnerable – but that’s no reason to stop. This short documentary uses many clips gathered across almost 2 years of isolation while I’ve been living on Lake Nipissing, Ontario with my family during Covid.

This video was created as part of the Digital Arts program at the Center for Indigenous Theatre in December 2021 and won “Best Short Documentary” and “Best Short” in the 2022 CIT Showcase.

Created by Carly Stasko

Quebec City footage came from excepts from “Fierce Light” by Velcrow Ripper

News clips feature: Alana Pickrell and Brendan Connor from CTV News and Markus Schwabe from CBC radio.

Music produced by Carly Stasko with sound mastering by Dan Driscoll Singing samples selected from original songs “Honour Song” & “Other Frequencies” by by Dave DeLeary

Support and mentorship for the 2021 Arts Digital Workshop came from The Centre for Indigenous Theatre

Thank you to my teachers:

Taye Alvis – Storytelling and Scriptwriting

Philip Geller – Acting and Performance

Ed Roy – Dramaturgy

Lindsay Sarazin -Videography

Special thanks also to Majero Bowman, open floor movement facilitator and Robert and Catherine Stasko for encouraging my love of dance and music from my earliest days.

All filming took place in the traditional lands of Nipissing First Nation, an Anishnaabek community along the shores of Lake Nipissing protected by the Robinson Huron Treaty of 1850.