June/2012 News Letter

Dear Friends,  


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre bids June adieu with some exciting changes! Our KDT office has moved locations and we are now comfortably nestled in the Distillery District located at 15 Case Goods Lane, Suite #305. I want to personally thank our long term friend and sponsor, Canada's National Ballet School who has been generous in providing us a home for the past several of years. Nya:weh.

Join us on Saturday June 30th as we celebrate the culmination of June, Aboriginal History Month, at Yonge & Dundas Square! Don't miss out on the exciting line-up of entertainers, craft vendors exhibiting and selling their wares, and of course GREAT food!

As we move forward into July I want to take the time to thank all of our friends and community members for your continued love and support.


Santee Smith
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Artistic Director 


KDT at the Dora Awards!

Cynthia Lickers-Sage, Ashley Bomberry and designer Elaine Redding and Santee Smith went out for the Dora Mavor Moore Awards. Representing TransMigration in full effect with designer dress. We are thrilled about our nominations and to be acknowledged among a great company of artists and productions. Congratulations to all the recipients!


The Fabulous Micah Barnes and Santee Smith presenting at the Doras. Photo by Ashley Bomberry. Smith's dress by Elaine Redding inspired by TransMigration and Morriseau's woodlands style.

Photo by Ashley Bomberry 


Coming Up: Aboriginal Dance Training
Aug 7 - 31, 2012

Join Kaha:wi Dance Theatre in Toronto for our extraordinary physical dance intensive!

Santee Smith - KDT Repertoire 
Louis Laberge-Cote - Contemporary 
Mami Hata - Ballet 

Jye Hwei Lin -
Charles Koroneho -
Muscle & Bone, Choreographic Lab 
Tesha Emarthle -
Iroquois Social Dance 
Arik Pipestem -
X-H-T (Extraordinary Hoop Technique) 
Alejandro Ronceria -
Master Class 

To register, for class schedule and information: 


In This Issue
KDT at the Dora Awards!
Coming Up: Aboriginal Dance Training
Artist Feature: Cris Derksen
This August: Susuriwka - willow bridge
Artist Feature:
Cris Derksen

Check out her Latest Solo Album:

A rising star on the Canadian classical/jazz/folk/pop/electronica/what have you scenes, cellist Derksen is known for captivating solo performances building layers of sound into often surprisingly slamming dance music. On her debut solo effort, the 13 tracks range from classically oriented, multi-tracked soundscapes ("We Danced Movement I & II") to upbeat party bumps inspired by her half-Cree ancestry ("Pow wow wow") and hybridized pieces that sound readymade for climatic moments in art or cinema.

Derksen was a Dora Mavor Moore Award Nominee for her contribution to Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's TransMigration soundtrack.

Her wicked cello styling is also featured as a part of the upcoming Susuriwka - willow bridge score!

Don't miss the chance to check out the work of Cris Derksen! 


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This August: Susuriwka - willow bridge 
Photo by Yoichi Tsukada

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is looking forward to our North American Premiere of Susuriwka - willow bridge: Co-produced with Yokohama Noh Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and with Harbourfront Centre's Planet IndigenUS Festival 2012 from Aug 17- 19, 2012 at the Fleck Dance Theatre.
Fleck Dance Theatre
207 Queens Quay West 

Friday, August 17, 2012
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Saturday, August 18, 2012
2:00PM - 3:30PM
7:00PM - 8:30PM
Sunday, August 19, 2012
7:00PM - 8:30PM

"Hot on the heels of KDT's World Premiere of TransMigration our creativity is in overdrive as we gear up for Susurikwa - willow bridge.  If you missed TransMigration don't miss out on the opportunity to witness our new metaphorical journey, powerfully portrayed by articulate performers who move through a visual and theatrical landscape.  It's a surreal, emotional, challenging homage to land and spirit."




Jessica Cudney
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre