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.

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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

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KDT Newsletter

KDT Announce Plans for 2016!

No:ia…No:ia! Happy New Year!
Welcome back family and friends! 2015 was a wonderful year for KDT, and we could not have done it without you. Our team would like to extend best wishes to you for 2016. We look forward to sharing an exciting year ahead.


This edition at a glance:
KDT SI 2016
Indigenous Performance Gathering
World Premiere of Re-Quickening
KDT in the News

Get a sneak peak at what we are planning for 2016:

Champions of Change


On November 4, 2015, Six Nations Polytechnic celebrated the “Champions for Change” during their Indigenous Education Conference. It is a great honour for Artistic Director Santee Smith to be recognized as a Eihwaedei Yerihwayente:ri (Community Scholar) alongside her father Steve Smith. Six Nations Community Scholars also included: Elizabeth Doxtator, Michael Doxtator, Ga:gwihsohk Tracey Deer, Roronhiakehte Elijah Deer. Six Nations Eihwanosda:s Yerihwanonstats (Indigenous Knowledge Guardians) honoured included Betty Henry, Amos Key Jr., Elva Jamieson, Art Johnson, and Gloria Sky.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is grateful for the support we receive from friends, family, community and sponsors. It is an honour to be recognized by arts colleagues in Ontario and also by our home community of Six Nations of the Grand River. As KDT nears the end of our 10th Anniversary year, we look forward to a bright future of touring and community engagement.

Nia:wen kowa!

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KDT SI Registration NOW Open!

KDT Summer Intensive 2016

The KDT SI program is 4 consecutive weeks from July 4-30, 2016  and includes intensive physical, performance training and creation exploration, with each week and class building upon the previous, both in terms of content of instruction and intensity level. Instructors in attendance are Artistic Director Santee Smith, Benoît Lachambre (MTL), Ms. Li (CHN), Tony Duncan (AZ), Louise Potiki Bryant (NZ) Alejandro Ronceria (TO) and Ruth Douthwright.

To join KDT Summer Intensive program please email


Six Nations of the Grand River Territory
July 18- 30, 2016

KDT is excited to host the CREATION LAB on the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory! This year’s immersive community experience will focus on activation of inner and outer space in body and land, integration of community through shared cultural events, open public studio work, site based explorations and youth/elder connections.

The LAB 2016 will be led by facilitators: choreographer, dancer and video artist Louise Potiki-Bryant; director and choreographer Alejandro Ronceria and KDT’s Artistic Director Santee Smith and others guest teachers to be announced.

Inaugural Indigenous Performance Gathering July 30-31, 2016

Join us this July for our 2 day Indigenous Performance Gathering at Six Nations!

The Six Nations community is uniting to open a space where we can share our narratives and perspectives, creating a forum to nourish Indigenous artists. We invite dance, performance, theatre artists, scholars, knowledge-keepers, and community members to join us to engage in dialogue about Indigenous performance and interdisciplinary practise.

Gathering includes: keynote speaker(s), master classes, panel topics, performative presentations that foster discussions about Indigenous creative process and teaching.
Artist in attendance include: Margo Tamez, Alejandro Ronceria, Louise Potiki-Bryant (New Zealand), Santee Smith and many more.

For more Information and to Register:
Cynthia Lickers-Sage | General Manager | 416-923-7373

The Honouring Trailer


KDT is pleased to share The Honouring Theatre Trailer. The Honouring pays homage to our Indigenous warriors, their family & community who sacrificed for sovereignty & nationhood.

Nia:wen to Andy Moro for the videography & trailer.

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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! –

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 –

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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