“The through line that is present in all of my work is the connection to land, story, body and memory.”
Over the past several years I have consciously spent time exploring what it is that inspires me, interests me and moves me as both as a dance artist and as a woman. What are the threads that connect the stories that I am most drawn to exploring? The through line that is present in all of my work is the connection to land, story, body and memory. I am drawn to influences from nature and to stories and teachings from an Indigenous Worldview. I am inspired by work that challenges us and asks us to dig deeper into ourselves while following creative impulses both in the studio and in our daily lives.
I have trained as both a contemporary and traditional dancer, through my BFA in Dance (SFU’s School for Contemporary Arts), as well as traditional forms through my work over the past decade with the Dancers of Damelahamid (Gitxsan) and the study and practice within my own Cree lineage. While I most identify as a contemporary dance artist my influences are very much connected to traditional forms and the understanding of how the body itself carries echoes of those forms across generations.
Values of generosity, creative risk, mutual respect and an honouring of protocol are all important qualities to me that I strive to have present in each project and creative partnership that I engage in. Cultural identity, mentorships and inter-generational sharing are all an important aspect of my work and creative process. I believe that this has a direct relationship to the work that I have created and performed in to date and that I will continue to develop in the future.
Starr Muranko is a dancer from Moose Cree First Nation living in North Vancouver, B.C.