Olivia C. Davies is a dance artist, choreographer, community-arts facilitator and emerging curator of mixed-Anishinaabe, French-Canadian, Finnish and Welsh heritage whose works often explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. Her recent choreographic explorations are driven by a desire to explore neo-traditional aspects of her Indigeneity.
After leaving York University, Davies gained professional experience as a compelling improviser and emerging choreographer in Toronto. She debuted her first full-length work in 2017 with celebrated Coast Salish Sahtu-Dene storyteller Rosemary Georgeson in Crow’s Nest. She regularly collaborates with artists, musicians, poets, and playwrights to bring stories to life. Davies curates the Matriarchs Uprising festival celebrating Indigenous woman dancing stories of transformation and the CoexisDance Western Edition series where improvised music and dance meet on stage.
Her community-engagement practice includes facilitation of Home: Our Way creative writing and movement workshops and weekly community centre dance classes. Davies is a founding member of Toronto’s MataDanze Collective, Ottawa’s Circadia Indigena Aboriginal Arts, and Vancouver’s Crow’s Nest Collective. Davies founded O.Dela Arts in 2018. Her work has been presented across Canada since 2004. www.oliviacdavies.ca
Anishinaabe, Algonquin Territory