UK Premiere

Zoë Poluch, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Elisa Harkins (Stockholm, Montreal & Tulsa)


Saturday 15 October 2022, 2.00pm3.00pm

Birmingham Hippodrome, Thorp Street
Birmingham, B5 4TB United Kingdom
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Supported by the Embassy of Sweden, London and Québec Government Office. Presented in partnership with FABRIC. Included in our tiered discount offer.

60 mins £13/10

RADIO III /ᎦᏬᏂᏍᎩᏦᎢ is an indigenous futuristic concert, a beautiful and uncomfortable dance performance and a perverse triangle of shifting power. RADIO III questions, challenges, and defies minimalism and postmodern dance’s aesthetic claims of neutrality.  It strives to make visible what has been kept invisible in colonial systems of recognition and aesthetics.

As we live, layer and situate form in our bodies we hurtle through past, present and possible futures. We invite you into a supportive co-existence, separate but aligned, an anthem for xenophilia, a complicit dream, a consensual prophecy.

The intention of Radio III, a larger work that includes Elisa Harkins’ solo Wampum performance, is to create a metaphorical peacekeeping agreement between the performers in the work as well as with people watching the piece, regardless of tribe or race.

Presented in partnership with FABRIC.

Zoë Poluch’s artistic practice puts into motion different mediums and takes shape in different rooms. Her love-hate relationship with the “contemporary dance” scene is based on a long term and practice-based interest in the politics and poetics of moving and sensing. As she teaches, dances, talks, writes and thinks, she does it with a precise gymnastics of the senses.

Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) artist and composer based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her work is concerned with translation, language preservation, and Indigenous musicology. Harkins uses the Cherokee and Mvskoke languages, electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. Harkins received a BA from Columbia College, Chicago and an MFA from CALARTS.

Hanako Hoshimi-Caines is a mother, dancer, performance-maker, writer, questioner, enthusiast and organizer born and based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. Her work plays with the pleasure and the haunt of the familiar as strategies of resistance and transformation.


With and by: Zoë Poluch, Hanako Hoshimi-Caines and Elisa Harkins

Light Design: Paul Chambers

Costumes: Jade Tong Cuong

Regalia: Carol Young

Earrings: Molly Murphy-Adams

Residencies, co-production: MAI, MDT, Dance Victoria

Funders: Canada Council for the Arts, Swedish Arts Council, Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Agora de la danse, The Stable.

Discussion partners: Ivanie Aubin-Malo, James Goddard, Maria Kefirova, Stina Nyberg, KatieWard, k.g. Guttman, Kelly Keenan and Magnus Nordberg

Photo: Kinga Michalska

Performance photos: Mathieu Verreault

The work opened at MAI in Montréal June 3, 2019



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Fierce Says

The combination of Elisa's music and Zoe & Hanako's dance is irresistible. You may remember Hanako from Make Banana Cry at Fierce 2019. Prepare for Elisa to become your favourite new popstar!


Saturday 15 October 2022


Birmingham Hippodrome, Patrick Studio