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NeoIndigenA World Premiere

Answer the call for connection, transformation and healing.

NextSteps, Harbourfront Centre’s national dance series, will feature Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s newest solo work NeoIndigenA May 1-3, 2014

Join us for our Opening Night GALA! Featuring a live musical performance by world-renowned Inuk artist Tanya Tagaq along with Jesse Zubot and Michael Red. May 1, 8PM.

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Touring this Fall: Medicine Bear

We are excited to announce that our young audiences and family work Medicine Bear will be touring this Fall across Ontario to GTA schools with Prologue to the Performing Arts. The Medicine Bear production will also be hitting the road making its way to Flato Markham Theatre, The Grand, Geraldton High School, Red Lake District High School, Townshend Theatre and The Grand Theatre as part of their 2013/2014 Season Tour.

Through whimsical music, dance and storytelling, Medicine Bear weaves two traditional Onkwehonwe (Iroquoian) stories into one magical narrative: how the Bear Clan came to be known as the “Keeper of the Medicines” and the hunter who discovered the gift of healing. Following oral tradition practices, Medicine Bear teaches virtues of compassion, thankfulness and respect for elders and environment in a way that is playful and thought provoking for young and family audiences.

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A Story Before Time hits Young People’s Theatre this Fall

We are thrilled to announce that A Story Before Time will be showing at Young People’s Theatre this Fall from Oct 16th  – 24th as part of their 2013/2014 Season for family and public audiences.

Original music, dance and theatre unite to bring this entertaining and insightful Onkwehonwe (First Nation) Creation Story to life. The exquisite musical score blends traditional Iroquoian songs with contemporary music, incorporating both Mohawk and Cayuga languages. A Story Before Time carries the metaphors, symbols, dreams and beliefs of a people, weaving a rich and powerful cultural narrative.

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KDT Summer Intensive 2013

KDT SI is HERE! Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn from internationally renowned instructors.

DROP-INS are available! Take part in Muscle & Bone with Charles Koroneho, Butoh with Ko Murobushi or take KDT Styles with our very own Artistic Director Santee Smith!

Whether you want to try out Gaga or learn how to Embody Story, there is something for everyone!

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s 5th annual Summer Intensive program will take place from July 8th to August 2nd, 2013 at Dancemakers located in the historical Distillery District.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact us at

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NEW Trailer: The Honouring

Check out our newest trailer for The Honouring which had it’s World Premiere at Fort York in Toronto in June.

The Honouring Trailer from kahawidance on Vimeo.


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is thrilled to announce that Santee Smith has been named this year’s recipient of the 2013 Dora Mavor Moore Award for OUTSTANDING CHOREOGRAPHY in the Dance Division for Susuriwka – willow bridge.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Santee Smith would like to extend their gratitude to the Yokohama Noh Theatre and to Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS Festival 2012 for their support in the creation and production of Susuriwka – willow bridge

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TEKA NEWS: The Honouring

“An emotional and poignant message packaged in athletic and rhythmic dance…” – Jim Windle, Tekawennake News, 2013


GLOBE & MAIL: The Honouring

The Honouring took the audience on a heartfelt journey through war, death and grief, but always with dignified ceremony.”


“[T]he evocative musical score touched the soul with its mix of native chanting and beautiful instrumental passages…”

Paula Citron, Globe & Mail


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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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