We hold memories in our blood. It connects us. It defines us. – J. Boehme

(Vancouver, BC) As described by Jacob Boehme, “BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR explores the legacies and memories of our bloodlines, our need for community, and what blood means to each of us – questioning how this most precious fluid unites and divides us.”

Jacob Boehme was diagnosed with HIV in 1998 and is the driving force behind this incredible and powerful show. Boehme is the choreographer, dancer and writer from the Narangga and Kaurna nations of South Australia. Boehme, went in search of answers, by reaching out and connecting to his ancestors. Through a powerful blend of theatre, image, text and choreography, Boehme pays homage to their ceremonies whilst dissecting the politics of gay, Blak (a term used for and by Indigenous people of Australia) and poz identities.

The Journal caught up with Jacob Boehme on the evening before this opening performance in Vancouver, BC Canada.

BLOOD ON THE DANCE FLOOR is an unapologetic, passionate and visceral narrative that traverses time, space and characters. Boehme simply states, that “Blood on the Dance Floor is a story of our need to love and be loved and that includes a striking monologue revealing our secret identities and our deepest fears, seeking to invoke ancestral lineage in a contemporary quest for courage and hope.”

This performance is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, Performing Lines & Tandem Works and DanceHouse, SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs, and the Talking Stick Festival present ILBIJERRI Theatre Company’s Blood on the Dance Floor at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts from Wednesday, February 6 to Saturday, February 9.

For more info on the show times and to buy tickets for the Vancouver run visit:

Will update this post as more info on other engagement in Canada is received.