Kaha:wi celebrates Onkwehon:we song, dance and symbolism through contemporary dance performance. Powerful and captivating, Kaha:wi is connected to the richness, integrity and beauty of the Onkwehon:we people. The cycle of Life unfolds through Kaha:wi as a grandmother dies and a new baby is born. The narrative weaves around the lives of three generations of Onkwehon:wen women and the community in which they thrive.
Kaha:wi draws inspiration from Onkwehon:we social song and dance such as the Gada:tro:t (Stomp Dance), Ehsga:nye: gae:nase: (New Women’s Shuffle Dance), Gayowaga:yoh (Old Mocassin Dance), Wa enoti:yo (Stick Dance) and seed songs.
Kaha:wi premiered in 2004 at Toronto’s Premiere Dance Theatre at Harbourfront Centre and has become Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s signature performance. Performed around the world consistently since 2004.
The original musical composition features over 30 musicians and was the winner of a Hamilton Music Award in 2005 for Best Cultural and Ethnic Recording. In 2014, Kaha:wi was the subject of documentary Kaha:wi - Cycle of Life produced by Wabungung Film Company and aired on Aboriginal People’s Television Network (APTN). For more info: http://www.kahawi.tv/
Producer/Artistic Director/Choreographer: Santee Smith
Composition/Musical Arrangement: Donald Quan
Songwriters: ElizaBeth Hill, Santee Smith, Amos Key Jr., Sadie Buck, Jennifer Kreisberg, Pura Fe
Original Set/Costume Designer: Cheryl Lalonde
Original Lighting Designer: Roelof Peter Snippe
Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, Laidlaw Foundation, Woodland Cultural Centre, Chalmers Award, Grand River and Employment and Training.
Kaha:wi Trailer: https://vimeo.com/79999015
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