April 13–15, 2023

Homelands

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Six Nations of the Grand River

Homelands

Photo courtesy of the artist

Event Info At A Glance

Price Overview: $20 - $59

Venue Overview: Harbourfront Centre Theatre

Overview

Homelands is a multimedia performance created by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre. The vision of Homelands is to uphold power, sacred existence and continuance of feminine creative force. It places importance on reconnecting to ancestral lands, condoling with earth and rekindling the inner and community fires. It is a demonstration of how Onkwehon:we have always been and will continue to be tied to our homelands, represented in powerful environmental visuals and performance. Homelands physically places Haudenosaunee womxn / Konnokwehon:we within their lands and waters of the central Adirondacks (Newcomb, Long Lake, Keene), Mohawk River, New York and the Grand River, Ontario. 

The performance is an immersive multimedia concert featuring an interplay between video projection, live dance and music. 

The multimedia performance features cinematic video projections and animation with the Konnokwehon:we depicted in specific period timelines from pre-colonial time to the present day. Visually, the scale of the video design is large with high-resolution projections. 

Media Design: The cinematography is captured by Kahnyen’kehàka artists Shane Powless (Six Nations), Katsitsionni Fox (Akwesasne) and Jaiden Mitchell (Akwesasne) with video design by international Indigenous collaborator Louise Potiki Bryant (Piha, Aotearoa). 

The live performance features three Kahnyen’kehàka dance artists, including Santee Smith (Six Nations), Julianne Blackbird (Six Nations) and Feryn King (Akwesasne). 

The performance has an original score by composer, singer/songwriter Pura Fe with Konnonkwehon:we singers Semiah Smith and Jennifer Kreisberg. 

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About Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Founded in 2005 by Artistic Director Santee Smith, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT), which means “to carry” in the Kanienʼkéha (Mohawk) language, is the traditional name for Smith’s family. As an artist-run sole proprietorship since 2001, KDT officially incorporated into a not-for-profit organization in June 2005 and received charitable status in 2006.  The company’s home community is Six Nations of the Grand River, and the home city is Toronto, Ontario. 

KDT supports research, creation, production and dissemination of the work of founding Artistic Director Santee Smith along with artistic collaborators. Smith’s programming fosters opportunities for creativity, investment in artistic process and dialogue, exploration of Indigenous methodologies and collaboration and inter-cultural exchange with artists and the community. KDT actively promotes Indigenous voices and philosophical frameworks through resurgent processes and practice. 

KDT carves space for Indigenous audiences to witness themselves, their stories, body and voice in the performing arts. For non-Indigenous audiences, KDT’s performances offer counter-narratives and insight into culture not represented in the mainstream narratives. Its programming cultivates and engages with artists and the community through artist talks, community workshops and dance training such as their annual Creation Lab.

About Santee Smith, Artistic Director

Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith 

Founding and Managing Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Chancellor at McMaster University, artist and guest speaker. 

Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith iónkia’ts, konkwehón:we, Kahnyen’kehàka. Wakeniáhton tánon Ohawé:ken nitewaké:nòn. Ka’nisténhsera í:ken tánon tekeninniáhkhwa. Tekhenonhwerá:tons Tsi nahò:ten ká:ien ne ohwentsia’kéhshin tánon karonhia’kéhson. 

Santee Smith is an internationally recognized leader in the performing arts, a multidisciplinary artist and producer from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation and Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. She is one of Canada’s leading dance artists and holds McMaster University degrees in Physical Education and Psychology and a Master of Arts in Dance from York University. 

She completed six years of training at Canada’s National Ballet School, undertook theatre training and earned her degrees. Returning to dance as a choreographer in 1996, Smith created and produced her first dance work, Kaha:wi, a family creation story. In 2005, she founded the Kaha:wi Dance Theatre with a vision to explore the intersection of Indigenous and new performance, international Indigenous collaborations and training. Through her research and creative practice, she is a strong voice for Indigenous dramaturgy, process and advocacy.  

Smith’s artistic work speaks about identity and Indigenous narratives. Her work includes 14 productions and numerous short works which tour nationally and internationally. Her commissions include choreography for the National Arts Centre Orchestra, Canadian Opera Company and the North American Indigenous Games, among others.  

Smith is a sought-after teacher and speaker on the performing arts and Indigenous performance and culture, most recently at Stratford Festival. Her life and works have been the topic of TV series and films aired on CBC, NFB, APTN and PBS (US), and most recently on CBC Arts – The Move II.  She is the 19th Chancellor of McMaster University. 

Access Info

If you require wheelchair or accessible seating, please contact our Box Office ahead of time at tickets@harbourfrontcentre.com or phone (416) 973-4000, Option 1 – Wednesday–Friday from 1-5pm.

Dates & Times

April 13
12:30pm
60 mins

April 14
7:30pm
60 mins

April 15
7:30pm
60 mins

There will be no intermission for any of the performances.

There will be a Q&A session following the April 14 performance.

Venue

Harbourfront Centre Theatre

231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario
Canada

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