VenueMIWSFPA Theatre
Time: Saturday 1:30pm
Category:  Theatre + Comedy, Family Friendly, Dance
City of OriginVancouver
Price$10 or Festival Pass



A visually stunning work that shares a First Nations perspective on the importance of Salmon.


Salmon Girl explores the world of water and salmon. Through theatre, dance, music and puppetry, this piece for all ages follows the journey of a young girl into this magical world.

Choreographer Michelle Olson from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation and playwright Quelemia Sparrow from the Musquem First Nation bring together their respective cultural perspectives and stories to create a piece that is both meaningful and delightful to all audiences.

“The production elements of Salmon Girl were all brought together with great care, making complex themes simple and accessible for the intended audiences.”
-Margaret Grenier, Executive & Artistic Director-Dancers of Damelahamid

“Salmon Girl invites us to tap into the traditional wisdom of the salmon with the innocence and playfulness of a child’s heart and mind.” -Martine Kleissen, Event Coordinator

“The students enjoyed it & were quite entertained. I feel they took away a First Nations perspective as well as consideration for the environment & human impact on it.” -Suzanne Seward – Gr. 3 teacher, Westview, North Vancouver

Raven Spirit Dance Society shares stories from an Aboriginal worldview. Their medium is contemporary dance; and, they incorporate other expressions such as traditional dance, theatre, puppetry and multi-media to tell these stories.

By sharing this work on local, national and international stages, Raven Spirit Dance reaffirms the vital importance of dance to the expression of human experience and to cultural reclamation. Raven Spirit Dance aims to explore how professional artistic work is responsive and responsible to the community it is a part of and to continue to redefine dance’s place in diverse community settings. Raven Spirit is Vancouver-based yet indelibly tied to the Yukon through its projects and inspirations, as our Artistic Director, Michelle Olson is from the Tr’ondek Hwech’in First Nation.


Directed by: Quelemia Sparrow
Choreographed by: Michelle Olson
Designers: Brad Trenaman (lighting)
Kate De Lorme (sound)
Jessica Oostergo (costume)
Shizuka Kai (set)