The Kiln Project (2021)

The Kiln Project is a dance film created collaboratively between BC-based artists Shion Skye Carter, filmmaker Brenda Kent Colina, and musician Prince Shima, filmed at a late-19th century Japanese charcoal pit kiln on Galiano Island, BC. Shion dances in and around the charcoal kiln, echoing the cylindrical shape of the performance space with her movement, using a choreographic score that embodies the natural elements of traditional Japanese binchotan charcoal: wood, fire/industry, and water. Through movement, image, and sound, this film honours the history of Japanese-Canadian communities and charcoal artisanship on Galiano Island, forging connections between the past and present.

We filmed this project at a charcoal pit kiln, one remnant of the Japanese-Canadian community that existed on the traditional, unceded territories of the Penelakut, Lamalcha, Hwlitsum, and other Hul’qumi’num-speaking peoples, and the ceded territories of the Tsawwassen First Nation (also known as Galiano Island, BC). We are grateful to have been guests on this land.

Creative direction, performance: Shion Skye Carter

Film, video editing: Brenda Kent Colina

Music: Prince Shima

This project is created in partnership with LEÑA Artist Residency & Research Centre, supported by Dance West Network’s PIVOT Digital Collaborations, and presented by Active/Passive Performance Society.


December 10th, 2021
Online premiere, presented by Active/Passive Performance Society

Photography: Dayna Szyndrowski