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
KDT's 8th Annual Summer Intensive opens a creative space for artists to deepen and transform their physical and performance practice. KDT SI is back with 2 exciting new locations!
The month long process oriented training program kicks off downtown Toronto, ON at The Citadel from July 4-15, 2016 with classes Contemporary, Indigenous Performance: Powwow, Hoop Dance, etc. Confirmed instructors are Santee Smith (Six Nations), Benoît Lachambre (Mtl), Tony Duncan (US), among others TBC.
July 18-30, 2016 activities move to our home community of Six Nations of the Grand River, ON for a 2 week CREATION LAB marking the 1st KDT SI in our territory! The LAB is open to emerging to professional interdisciplinary, inter-cultural artists who are interested in exploration of performance founded in Indigenous methodologies. This year's CREATION LAB is led by facilitators Alejandro Ronceria (TO), Louise Potiki Bryant (NZ) and Santee Smith (Artistic Director) who offer their insight and experience into Indigenous approaches to devising performance. Culturally immersive, exploratory experience LAB participants will explore Indigenous performance practices, exploration, creation, work-in-progress showings, and community exchange. The LAB kicks off with an inspirational talk by Indigenous scholar and writer Gerald Taiaiake Alfred - July 18 - Indigenous Resurgence.
Each instructor brings to the Summer Intensive their unique embodied movement knowledge, artistic vision, and mode of creativity and expression that collectively enhance the richness and uniqueness of the KDT SI training program. Participants learn in an open, inviting, healthy and collegial environment that fosters principles of Onkwehon:we "Good Mind".
KDT SI participants are also invited to stay for the inaugural Indigenous Performance Gathering - July 30-31, 2016.
The Six Nations community is uniting to host a place to share our narratives and perspectives, creating a forum to nourish Indigenous artists. Join us this July 30-31, 2016 for our 2 day Indigenous Performance Gathering at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory! We invite dance, performance, theatre artists, scholars, knowledge-keepers, and community members to join us to engage in dialogue about Indigenous performance and interdisciplinary practice. Gathering includes: keynote speaker(s), master classes, panel topics, performative presentations that foster discussions about Indigenous creative process and teaching. Current artists in attendance include: Margo Tamez (US/BC), Alejandro Ronceria (TO), Louise Potiki Bryant (NZ), Santee Smith and many more to come.
For more Information and to register: Cynthia Lickers-Sage
General Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org | 416-923-7373
The World Premiere of Re-Quickening is coming to Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre in April 2016! Led by a powerhouse team of women collaborators: Santee Smith, Monique Mojica, Marina Acevedo (MX), Frances Rings (AU), Louise Potiki-Bryant (NZ), Bianca Hyslop (NZ), Nancy Wijohn (NZ) guided by the words of Leanne Simpson, Christi Belcourt, Alva Jamieson, Leigh Smith and Maria Campbell. Re-Quickening is an inter-disciplinary performance examining international Indigenous women’s issues and process of rejuvenating the seeds of feminine power. Through an Indigenous collaboration process, Re-Quickening attempts to restore internal fractures, finding creative strategies for renewal to re-ignite intact feminine power.
Collaborating artists include: Lighting Designer: Arun Srinivasan; Costume Designer: Adriana Fulop, Designer: Steve Smith, Adrian Dion Harjo, Jennifer Martin; Music: Eugene Draw, Cris Derksen, Jesse Zubot, David Maracle, Santee Smith among others.
To purchase tickets, click here.
Performances will take place at the Fleck Dance Theatre as a part of the the NextSteps Series. Post-performance Q&A's after every show will feature collaborating artists and invited guests.
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 8pm
Friday, April 29, 2016 at 8pm
Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 8pm
Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 3pm
"It's a timely call for re-awakening feminine power and her-story. By piercing together fragments and shards of Indigenous knowing, Re-Quickening is a re-affirmation of life and healing from issues of violence against women and Earth," says Santee.
To read the full story in the Two Row Times, click here.