Astral Harvest Music & Arts Festival

Jeanette Kotowich - Steppin'

Steppin' is an energetic, knee slapping, toe tapping contemporary Métis jig solo created by Jeanette Kotowich, with original sound designed by Wayne Lavallee with guest Métis fiddler JJ Lavallee. Musically driven by the fiddle's undeniable force, the impulse for movement is sparked like a flint that ignites fire. With electricity of the jig and fancy steps that rebound off the earth - for a moment in time, milliseconds before you return to earth you are propelled in the direction of spirit, like a horse running in the open wild.

The work picks up in tempo from start to finish as momentum builds and the traditional form pushes the boundaries getting closer to a contemporary expression. This piece is fun for the whole family. It is a celebration of the joy of movement, the healing in dance, the significance of heritage, and the love of Metis culture.