KDT Announce Summer Intensive Instructors

It’s about Process & Practice for new Performance, exploring Somatic, Indigenous & EmBodied knowledge.

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International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day – March 8, 2016

A day to honour women from Turtle Island and beyond
Today only, receive 25% off World Premiere tickets for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s Re-Quickening using code: 



Re-Quickening’s Toronto World Premiere Highlights International Indigenous Women’s Resurgence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Toronto, ON (Feb 11, 2016) – Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT), one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, led by multi award-winning Artistic Director Santee Smith, launches one of the most bold, timely, sonically and visually arresting inter-disciplinary performances of the 2016 dance season.

Click here for the full Media Release


Registration is open to:
Pre-professional and professional dancers
Experienced or emerging choreographers
Theatre actors and directors
Movement analysts
Performance studies researchers
Dance instructors/teachers

Apply NOW:
KDT SI Application Form 


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Date: JULY 4th – 30th Location: The Citadel, TORONTO, ON and *NEW* Creation Lab on SIX NATIONS, ON Instructors include:

Santee Smith (Indigenous Contemporary, Creation Lab), Louise Potiki Bryant (Creation Lab), Alejandro Ronceria (Creation Lab), Nancy Wijohn (Choreographer| Dancer| Teacher| Healer | Fitness Coach), Ms.Li (Indigenous Dance), Ruth Douthwright (Axis Syllabus), Tony Duncan (Hoop Dance 101), Benoît Lachambre (Transforming Notions Of Presence), Taiaiake Alfred (Guest Speaker)

For more information on #KDTSI instructors and schedule, visit: WEB: www.kahawidance.org/training PHONE: (416) 923-7373 info@kahawidance.org TWITTER: @KahawiDance FACEBOOK: www.facebook.com/KahawiDance


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NEXTSTEPS 2015/16 SEASON APRIL 28th – MAY 1st, 2016

Artists: Monique Mojica, Marina Acevedo, Santee Smith
Video Design: Louise Potiki Bryant
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan Costume Design: Adriana Fulop
Set Design: Andy Moro
Music Composition: Cris Derksen, Humberto Alvarez, Eugene Draw, Jesse Zubot with vocals by Tanya Tagaq, David R. Maracle, Santee Smith

APRIL 28th, 29th, 30th @8PM
& MAY 1st @3PM

TICKETS: $25-$38
BOX OFFICE: 416-973-4000

Fleck Dance Theatre  |  Harbourfront Centre 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON


“Water is Life…water is sacred
Women give Life…women are sacred
Blood waters
With each moon cycle we renew our umbilical connections in blood tides, in ocean tides
In connection with our grandmothers.”
- Santee Smith

Re-Quickening World Premiere TEASER ALERT!

Premiering as part of Harbourfront Centre’s 2015/16 Next Steps dance series, Re-Quickening takes the prevailing discourse surrounding international Indigenous women’s issues and incites a tough topical dialogue through performance, music and art, fuelled by re-constructing feminine power.

Does reconciliation mean the same thing to everyone, including those living on Turtle Island?
Re-Quickening goes there, while facilitating an artistic re-awakening of her-story.

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Are you ready for a challenge?

KDT SUMMER INTENSIVE (SI) is a month-long training program that offers contemporary technique, world Indigenous dance forms, alternative physical training systems, and artistic dialogue for investigating new dance performance.

Registration now open! – http://bit.ly/1chRYNf

Tkaronto Bounce to be Showcased in Season Media Launch


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will be performing the kayak section from Tkaronto Bounce as part of Flato Markham Theatre’s 15/16 Season Launch Monday, May 11, 2015 at 7PM

Join us – http://bit.ly/1dTrqCR

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies. Exploring the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance it is internationally renowned for artistry, creative excellence and collaboration. KDT’s embodiment of spirituality within traditional culture and innovative storytelling is conveyed through cinematic imagery and virtuosic performance that electrifies audiences on the world stage.

Founded by Onkwehonwe Artistic Director and Choreographer Santee Smith (Kahnyen’kehàka – Mohawk Nation). Innovative, transformative and culturally power-packed performances distinguish Santee as one of Canada’s most exciting choreographers.

Kaha:wi (Ga-HA-Wee) means “to carry” in the Mohawk language and is a traditional name for Smith’s family. KDT carries culture through dance, theatre, music and design.


“…[H]er highly charged, traditional/contemporary/ballet fusion eats up the stage…” Globe and Mail


“Smith is a choreographer to watch out for…”  Vancouver Sun, 2009


“Her choreography is bold, earthy, sensual and exciting…FFWD, 2005

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