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.
“Ontario Contact is pleased to be presenting Artist of the Year to one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies – Kaha:wi Dance. Under Artistic Director Santee Smith, the company has an abundance of innovative programming for presenters to consider. As a well-organized touring company it has made the life of the presenter easier. And while they stay true to their core values and vision they keep the audience in mind as an integral part of the performance. ” – Ontario Contact
Nia:wen/thank to everyone who supports our creative work on stage and in the community. KDT would like to acknowledge the generosity of our collaborators who share their gifts and allow the company to create, produce and perform with excellence and integrity.
Pictured (left to right) Warren Garrett, Cynthia Lickers-Sage, Brian McCurdy
(KDT) offers a variety of workshops designed to ignite creativity, increase physical activity, body awareness, and confidence that promote interest in the performing arts.
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Announces 10th Anniversary Celebration Event
Visit bit.ly/1k7j91m for Press Release
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.
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.
Click here to view - https://vimeo.com/145465791
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre premiered the indoor version of The Honouring last night at the Flato Markham Theatre which concluded the tour.
KDT looks forward to presenting this production in theatres soon. Stay tuned for the theatre trailer!
Very moving and epic in feel even on the indoor stage. You have captured a huge melding of issues that are still contemporary and resonate today. The power of dance as a high art form has been quite a gift tonight in this epic performance – Kathleen Peer
Coming from a professional dance background, I was very impressed with the skill and emotion exhibited on the stage tonight. It was very inspiring and emotion provoking. I think we desperately need to see more dance rooted in Indigenous culture. It was so beautiful and I’m still in awe and so grateful I could see this performance. THANK YOU! – Saturn
Pottery Raffle by Talking Earth Pottery
(Valued at $400)
Proceeds to fund Indigenous students attending KDT SI 2016.
Pottery designed by Steve Smith
Cost: $5 for 1 or 3 for $10
Draw: October 18, 2015 at KDT 10th Anniversary Celebration
Out of town? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.
- 28 Oct 2015, 12:00 AM
- Inter-Arts Office : Travel Grants to Artists - Canada Council for the Arts
- 28 Oct 2015,
- Travel Grants to Dance Professionals - Canada Council for the Arts
- 18 Nov 2015, 12:00 AM
- Dreamcatcher Charitable Foundation
- 01 Feb 2016,
- Grants to Dance Professionals - Canada Council for the Arts
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
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