Trailer: Kaha:wi: The Cycle of Life

Kaha:wi : The Cycle of Life premieres at the imagineNATIVE Film Festival on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Check out the trailer here

Job Opening: Executive Assistant

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) Job Posting – Executive Assistant. Posting closes on October 24, 2014 at 5pm. Click here  for more information

KDT 10th Anniversary Season Announcement

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is thrilled to launch our 10th Anniversary year celebration with our 10th Anniversary Season Announcement! Check it out here

KDT Dancer Audition

On September 7, 2014 Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is looking to hire dancers for our upcoming 2014/2015 productions. Artistic Director Santee Smith is seeking versatile and highly athletic professional dancers (male and female). For more information please click here

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Trailer: NeoIndigenA

NeoIndigenA, Santee Smith’s solo performance, explores our relationship to ancestors and the living universe. View the trailer here and let us know what you think, Nia:wen kowa

NeoIndigenA on CTV Program

NeoIndigenA on CTV Vancouver’s First Story. Click Here to watch the segment. KDT is featured around the 17 minute mark.

The Coast-Prismatic Festival Article Featuring NeoIndigenA

NeoIndigenA-“…this piece spoke to me on an elemental level. I felt amazed by the power and lyricism of Smith’s body. My mind was racing as I worked to construct a narrative from the dance.”

The Coast- Kate Watson

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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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  • 06 Nov 2014,
  • NeoIndigenA
  • MAI Theatre, Montreal
  • 07 Nov 2014,
  • NeoIndigenA
  • MAI Theatre, Montreal
  • 08 Nov 2014,
  • NeoIndigenA
  • MAI Theatre, Montreal
  • 20 Feb 2015,
  • TransMigration
  • Sanderson Centre, Brantford
  • 07 Mar 2015, 12:00 AM
  • TransMigration
  • Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife

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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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