top of page

Unrelated (2014)

Prix de la danse de Montréal: Discovery Prize, presented by Agora de la danse et Tangente 



Unrelated is a dark work that expresses the cruelty and vulnerability confronted by women. The choreographer focused her research on the violence confronted by Indigenous women in Canada. Unrelated is the first choreography of the choreographer.


While exploring the self, cultural destruction, violence and self- destruction. With a disconcerting lucidity, Unrelated boils with feelings of emptiness and erupts with violence suggesting the loss connection, culture, identity and community.


Stunningly Interpreted by Areli Moran and Irene Martínez, Unrelated is a study of corporeal sub-conscience and Ashbee’s deconstruction and transformation of her own self-image. It is a deliberately disturbing and sensual creation.



Artistic Direction, Concept, Choreography & Scenography: Daina Ashbee

Lighting Design: Timothy Rodrigues


Music: Bashar C#

Outside Eyes: Lee Su-Feh, Michael Greyeyes

Duration: 65 minutes

Photo & Video: Alejandro Jiménez

Premiere: October 3 & 4, 2014 at The MAI (Montreal, Arts Interculturels)

Residencies: MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Studio 303, Native Earth, Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique

Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, The British Columbia Arts Council, The First Peoples Language, Heritage and Culture Council. The MAI (Montréal Arts Interculturels)

Past performers: Daina Ashbee, Paige Culley, Clara Furey


October 23 & 24, 2021


Montreal, Canada

June 28 & 29, 2021

Montpellier Danse

Montpellier, France

March 12, 2021

Matkalla maan keskipisteeseen

Jyävaskylä, Finland

June 29, 2020

Montpellier Danse Festival

Montpellier, France (cancelled)

October 27 - 28, 2017

National Arts Centre

Ottawa, Canada

June 29, 2017

The Venice Biennale

Venice, Italy

May 24 - 25, 2017

fabrik International Dance Festival

Potsdam, Germany

May 14 - 15, 2017


Munich, Germany

November 24, 2016

Sacred: homelands festival

London, England

Octobre 21 - 22,  2016

Oktoberdans Festival

Bergen, Norway

March 5 - 6, 2016

Teatro del Centro de las Artes

Monterrey, Mexico

March 1 - 3, 2016


Mazatlan, Mexico 

February 24, 2016

Sunland School of the Arts

Mexico City, Mexico

September 28 - 29, 2016

La Chapelle: Scènes Contemporains

Montreal, QC

December 3, 2015

Parcours Danse: La danse sur les routes

Montreal, QC

October 3 & 4, 2014

MAI (Montréal Arts Interculturels)

Montreal, QC

bottom of page