When Carly Stasko started dancing on Lake Nipissing, it was a way to cheer her up during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, she’s turned that act of self-care into a short documentary.
Stasko gained attention on social media and in local media when she posted videos of herself dancing on Lake Nipissing.
Through a Facebook group, she heard about an opportunity to get funding from the Center for Indigenous Theater in Toronto for creative projects. She thought her compilation of videos could be turned into something bigger and applied.
“I told them how I’ve worked for the past few years to reconnect with my Indigenous roots and tried to learn the Indigenous language, tried to learn the history, tried to connect with the community as an artist and an educator. “Stasko said. .
The Indigenous Theater Center states on its website that it “contributes to the advancement of an Indigenous cultural economy and the arts in general, by helping to train young talent and professionals, by organizing community presentations and workshops and working closely with alumni to share our learnings. and our craft in a culturally appropriate and inviting setting.”
With funding and creative support from the center, Stasko was able to make a short film titled The power of dance.
In the short, she explains why she started dancing on the lake and includes short snippets of interviews she did after she got more attention online.
“It gave me the opportunity to reflect on the power of dance.” Stasko said.
The short is available on YouTube and she submits it to film festivals.
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