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Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo

Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo is Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) originally from Kahnawake, now living in Montreal. An award-winning choreographer and dancer for over 25 years, she is currently the artistic director and choreographer of A’nó:wara Dance Theatre. She specializes in creating works that highlight Indigenous themes/stories/perspectives by often combining traditional styles of powwow and Haudenosaunee dance, with mainstream contemporary styles to create a fusion of dance that speaks to many different populations and tastes.

Barbara takes great pride in regularly sharing her culture and has performed across Canada and internationally. Some of her most recent work was performed at the Banff Centre, the Montreal Olympic Stadium, the National Arts Centre, the Confederation Centre for the Arts PEI, the First People’s Festival in Montreal, Place-des-Arts, Prismatic Festival Halifax, and Festival Quartiers Danses.


Kanien’kehá:ka dancer and choreographer Barbara Kaneratonni Diabo fuses different styles of dance to bring Indigenous stories to the stage. Barbara performs a dance honouring her Tóta and a contemporary hoop dance duo with her kid, Marshall. She visits her home community of Kahnawà:ke in preparation for Sky Dancers, a show honouring the Mohawk ironworkers who died in the 1907 Quebec Bridge Disaster.

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