At Summerhall for the Fringe, as part of Indigenous Contemporary Scene, Oji-Cree Indigenous Canadian dancer and artist Lara Kramer is bringing three separate works, which run together as a chronological progression of the past, present and future: Native Girl Syndrome, This Time Will Be Different and Miijin Ki, highlighting that to care for the next generation we must look at the past and the cyclical nature of everything being interconnected. Lara spoke with The Fountain in more depth about the shows.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how excited are you?
I’m very excited and feel very fortunate and privilege to share a body of my work that is close to my heart.
TF: Your three shows certainly sound interesting, what is the premise for each?
In all three shows you see resilience, multi forms and realities of resilience. And expose various layers of the on-going recovery. Without it being pronounced in all shows, there is a through line of the works being connected to the impact of the trauma of colonialism and the transformation that is experienced through different times, generations and bodies. The presentation of the three distict works, Native Girl Syndrome, This Time Will Be Different and Miijin Ki touches on a progression towards on my past, present and future.
TF: And what drove the projects, where did your influences lie?
My work to date is driven by my own need to process and confront my experience of the colonial trauma that has affected my family, myself and my children. There is such little means of care for the intergenerational effects of genocide and my art practice has been my means of processing that. The influence emerges from what surfaces or is discovered as I navigate through the current and past realities of genocide in Canada, on Indigenous land and bodies.
TF: What are your plans for the Fringe? Have you been to the Edinburgh Fringe before? Is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
I have never been to Edinburgh Fringe before. I am very excited to be able to spend some significant time there to really take in the energy of the festival. I will also look forward to see the landscape, territory around Edinburgh.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond the Edinburgh run?
This fall I will be focusing on research and development of new work, I start with myself inside a solo practice field work. I will be traveling to Martinique to further develop and push my practice.
Native Girl Syndrome will be at Upper Church, Summerhall from the 2nd-4th and 7th-11th August at 4:20pm.
This Time Will Be Different will be at Upper Church, Summerhall from the 13th-18th August at 4pm.
Miijin Ki will be at Upper Church, Summerhall from the 20th-24th August at 4pm. All tickets are available at https://tickets.edfringe.com/