The Kiln Project (2021)

The Kiln Project is a dance film created as a collaboration between Shion Skye Carter, filmmaker Bee Nicole Kent, and musician Prince Shima.

The project was filmed on-site at one of the recovered Japanese charcoal pit kilns on so-called Galiano Island, BC, on the traditional territories of Penelakut, Hwlitsum, and Tsawwassen First Nations, and of other Hul’qumi’num-speaking peoples. The film uses movement and writing to bring light to the history of Japanese settlers on the Gulf Islands in the late 19th century, in particular the charcoal artisans who crafted binchotan charcoal using traditional Japanese methods in these pit kilns.

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

Creative direction, performance: Shion Skye Carter

Film, video editing: Bee Nicole Kent

Music: Prince Shima


Online premiere, presented by Active/Passive Performance Society

Photography: Dayna Szyndrowski