Zaagidiwin reflects on our relationship with nature, and the way in which we love the land and each other. Following the half human-half bird Nanabozo (a trickster-like character) we travel from the land into the city core, revealing its beauty as well as its darkness. On the journey, Nanabozo discovers hope and returns to the land, witnessing a beautiful healing gift through dance.
Conceived, Written and Directed by: Denise Bolduc
Commissioned and Executive Produced by: Luminato Festival Toronto
Contribution for presentation of Zaagidiwin by Canada High Commission.
About the artists
Denise Bolduc is an established creative producer and director who programs to transform perspectives and activate change. Her career of three decades represents countless contributions and connections with numerous celebrated artists, creative thinkers and leading cultural institutions nationally and internationally. She has led several large-scale events including Built on Genocide, Tributiaries, Maadaadizi/Summer Journeys (PanAM Games) and the inaugural, Planet IndigenUS festival. Denise is the writer/director/curator of the film Zaagidiwin, co-editor & contributor of Indigenous Toronto: Stories That Carry This Place (Coach House, 2021), a member of many boards/committees, a mentor, instructor and advisor. She is the Director of Indigenous Arts at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre while also continuing an independent career.
Denise is Anishinaabe and French, born and raised in the Lake Superior-Robinson Huron Treaty Territory, and is a member of the Batchewana First Nation with familial ties in Garden River First Nation.