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DanceWorks presents Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

   

  

DanceWorks proudly presents the highly acclaimed Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) in the Toronto premiere of Blood Tides, conceived and directed by KDT Artistic Director Santee Smith of Six Nations of the Grand River territory. Blood Tides delves into sacred space to retrieve women’s ancient knowing and rites of passage. Illuminated by elemental and ancestral forces, Blood Tides activates sacred alignments from cosmos to womb. Its imagery and energies span the wide range of what is woman: warrior, leader, mother, divine goddess, creator, huntress and thresholder of life and death. With an ensemble of four Indigenous women - Marina Acevedo (Mexico/Zapotec), Julianne Blackbird (Kahnyen’kehàka Nation /Mohawk Nation), Santee Smith (Kahnyen’kehàka Nation /Mohawk Nation), and Jahra ‘Rager’ Wasasala (Fijian/New Zealand), Blood Tides acknowledges the magnificence of woman in all of her phases and ages.

   

Blood Tides runs for 3 nights only – Thursday, February 14 through Saturday February 16 – at Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre. Tickets available at the Box Office by phone at 416-973-4000 or online

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About Kaha:wi Dance Theatre


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is an Onkwehon:we organization and one of Turtle Islands’ foremost performing arts companies, acclaimed nationally and around the globe for exquisitely produced, powerful, poetic and resonant performances. Founded by Six Nations based Artistic Director Santee Smith, Kaha:wi (Ga-HA-Wee) means “to carry” in Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk).

  

Exploring the intersection of Indigenous and new performance through resurgent process and practice, KDT’s works are interdisciplinary, multi-voiced, intergenerational, and inter-cultural. Drawing inspiration from research and collaboration, performances question, re-story and transform while adhering to Indigenous process, connection to land, story, and spirit of place.      

        

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About Santee Smith


Santee Smith is from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan, Six Nations of the Grand River, Haldimand Treaty territory. She is a multidisciplinary artist, award-winning producer, and Managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which she founded in 2005 and has grown into an internationally renowned performing arts company. Exploring the intersection of Indigenous and new performance, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s works feature visually stunning, visceral, and thought provoking performance conceived and devised through Indigenous knowledge, process, and methodology.

   

Santee Smith trained at Canada’s National Ballet School, completed Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University, and an M.A. in Dance from York University. Her body of work includes 13 productions and over 12 short works. Her independent commissions include collaborations with National Arts Centre Orchestra, Fall for Dance North, Canadian Opera Company, North American Indigenous Games - Opening Ceremonies, Stratford Festival, National Film Board of Canada, and Yokohama Noh Theatre, among others. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the K.M. Hunter Award for Dance, Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award, Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography for Susuriwka – willow bridge, and the 2017 REVEAL Indigenous Arts Award, among others.

    

   

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Interview with Santee


Blood Tides is a visual feast with imagery that spans the wide range of what is women: warrior, leader, mother, divine goddess, creator, thresholder of life and death, and huntress. Danceworks sat down with artistic director and dancer, Santee Smith to speak about her creative process and collaborating with international artists.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

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WIN a Pair of tickets to DanceWorks presentation of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's Blood Tides on Saturday, February 16 at 8pm at the Fleck Dance Theatre, including post show reception with wine, finger foods and silent auction.

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DanceWorks Annual Fabulous (and Affordable) Silent Auction

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Join us on February 16 after the performance for our silent auction and reception. Your ticket price includes:


✪ a performance of Blood Tides by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

  

✪ a glass of wine and glorious munchies by Sublime Catering such as Roasted Salmon Skewers with Maple Glaze, Cod Cakes with Grilled Corn Relish, Barley, Squash and Sage Stew in Bread Cups, Bison Meatballs with Cranberry Chutney, and Braised Mushroom and Wild Rice Medley on Bannock Toasts

  

✪ DanceWorks' much anticipated Silent Auction with items including up-market dining in Toronto's Distillery District, whiskey and wine, tickets to events, spa and boutique indulgences and much more! 

   

Tickets to the show, reception, and auction available at the Box Office by phone at 416-973-4000 or online.

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