“I strive to offer the audience, my colleagues and fellow human beings a ‘Bundle of tools’ they may use to Indigenize the body...”
Coming from a remote Northern Ontario community of 200 people that partially lived off of the land, and in relation to it; my artistic approach integrates the trials of every human being living within the world’s current urban landscapes. I strive to offer the audience, my colleagues and fellow human beings a ‘Bundle of tools’ they may use to Indigenize the body; by participating in a continued process of reclaiming the natural functions and powers of the body through dance. Healing and empowering one’s body and self are paramount for me.
I believe the act of dancing to be political.
Our bodies have been taken from us, disrespected, disregarded and our experiences sold to us instead of truly lived, felt and spoken through our bodies as they were intended. My career has taken me across several continents performing and installing artist work–regularly working within the fields of Visual Art and Theatre in addition to Dance; but Dance is my primary focus because I believe it can save the world.
Our bodies are the world; they’re comprised of the same elements as the planet. They become polluted if we don’t listen to their systems and work with them–we die if this happens. By dedicating my life to dancing our stories, and the stories of Choreographers I look up to and who’s philosophies I believe should be shared across the world; it is my hope to have helped inspire humanity's reconnection to our bodies. They are indeed the only ‘thing’ we have, and can take control of for our lifetime.
Brian Solomon is an Anishnaabe dancer and multi-disciplinary artist living in Toronto.