Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Celebrates 10th Anniversary with National Tour of Norval Morrisseau Inspired TransMigration
For immediate release: Toronto, ON (Janurary 7, 2015)… Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is celebrating their 10th Anniversary with a national tour of TransMigration. Inspired by the life and painting of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau, TransMigration premiered as a co-production by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS, and was created by awarding winning choreographer and artistic director Santee Smith.
TransMigration is a transformational journey into the realm of the “Artist”. Emotionally poignant performances and striking imagery evoke the magic of Morrisseau’s visual language weaving narratives between reality and the dream world. TransMigration characters dance amidst fantastical landscapes communicating ecstatic spirituality and the pull of dualities of Skyworld and Underworld.
TransMigration is a dialogue, a response to Morrisseau’s vision highlighting his brilliance as artistic genius and reflects his life struggles on a colourful journey through healing of self and the world. The production takes inspiration from Norval Morrisseau’s murals: Androgyny, Observations of an Astral World; panel series Man into Thunderbird; paintings Self Portrait: Devoured by Demons and others. TransMigration is ultimately a reflection of humanity, imagination and the power of the spirit to transform and transcend.
TransMigration unites dance, design and musical score to create a cinematic and auditory feast for the senses. Recognized for its excellence the premiere production at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Theatre was nominated for 2 Dora Mavor Moore awards in Dance: Outstanding Production, Outstanding Sound Design and Composition. The musical score was produced by Santee Smith and Executive Producer Stevie Salas, it features musical collaborators such as, 2014’s Juno award winners for Breakthrough Group of the Year A Tribe Called Red and 2014’s Polaris Music Prize winner Tanya Tagaq.
TransMigration can be seen at the following dates and locations:
February 20 2015, Sanderson Centre, Brantford, Ontario
March 7 2015, Northern Arts and Cultural Centre, Yellowknife, Northwest Territories
March 11 2015, Yukon Arts Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon
March 17-21 2015, The Cultch (Vancouver East Cultural Centre), Vancouver, British Columbia
March 28 2015, Vernon and District Performing Arts Centre, Vernon, British Columbia
April 9 2015, Imperial Theatre, Saint John, New Brunswick
April 11 2015, Fredericton Playhouse, Fredericton, New Brunswick
April 17 2015, Brock Centre for the Arts, St. Catharines, Ontario
For more information on this production as well as other Kaha:wi Dance Theatre productions please visit the website at: www.kahawidance.org
Tour Manager, Donna Liu:
KDT Marketing Coordinator, David Johnston-Weiser
ABOUT KAHA:WI DANCE THEATRE
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 Onkwehon:we Artistic Director/Choreographer Santee Smith (Kenien'kehá:ka – 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 Kenien'kehá:ka language and is a traditional name for Smith’s family. KDT carries culture through dance, theatre, music and design.
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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Department of Canadian Heritage, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council and Miziwe Biik Employment & Training
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