Message from the Artistic Director


Se:koh friends,


March has not only brought with it a warm spring breeze but also some exciting tour updates and events taking place! I want to personally thank the community for your unwavering support and encouragement as Kaha:wi continues to expand its wings. Wishing you all a peaceful and early spring season.

I leave you with a powerful affirmation we learned from the students at the Chief Harold Sappier Memorial Elementary School...WOLAMSOTAS (Believe in Yourself in Malaseet)

      Photo by Weekes Photography

  Santee Smith  

Kaha:wi Goes East 

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) kick-started February with our Eastern Canada Tour featuring dance-theatre productions A Story Before Time and Kaha:wi.


Making performance stops at the Imperial Theatre in Saint John NB; The Playhouse in Fredericton NB; The Astor Theatre in Liverpool, NS. KDT performances received standing ovations, wowing audience members! Santee along with dancers Emily Law, Louis Laberge-C�t� took part in outreach activities in Fredericton, offered workshops while in Saint John and enjoyed a day off relaxing and exploring the city of Moncton. 


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents the World Premiere of TransMigration, a co-production with Planet IndigenUs, Harbourfront Centre, inspired by the paintings and life of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau, known as the "Picasso of the North". Evoking Morrisseau's visual language throughout, TransMigration melds traditional and contemporary dance, design and music, weaving a narrative that lives between reality and dreamscapes.    


Photo by David Hou 


Phone: 416-973-4000, press 1



Regular tickets: $30−$35

 Senior: $20−$22.50

 Student/Under 25: $15


TransMigration will vibrate with colour, energy, and sensuality.  Fantastical, surreal and grounded in Aboriginal sensibility, TransMigration is a seminal work in Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's repertoire.  


*Mature Content*   

  Photo by Yoichi Tsukada
Update: Susuriwka - willow bridge  March Residency
Susuriwka - willow bridge is an international Indigenous collaborative dance production co-produced by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and the Yokohama Noh Theater, Japan.
A Planet IndigenUs international indigenous residency 2011 will connect artists Smith and OKI allowing them to build upon the vision and artistry of Susurikwa - willow bridge.  Expanding upon the passionate cultural exchange, OKI travels to Six Nations in March 2012 to work with incredible Iroquoian singers and musicians such as Derek Miller, George Buck, Cris Derksen and Faron Johns at the eminent Jukasa Studios. Japan journeys to Canada to continue this inspiring one-of-a-kind collaboration.

Aboriginal Dance
AUGUST 7 - 31 | 2012
Join Canada's premiere Aboriginal dance company, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, in Toronto at Canada's National Ballet School for our extraordinary physical dance intensive. Featuring classes in Ballet, Contemporary, KDT Repertoire, Powwow styles including Hoop Dance and more!
"Artist in Residence" Ola Stinnerbom (Sweden) and returning Guest Faculty Charles Koroneho will be teaching Muscle and Bone and leading KDT's NEW Choreographic Lab week. The Choreographic Lab is ideal for exploration and open to all artists including: Choreographers, Dancers, Actors, Directors, Visual Artists, etc. 
Feel the drum, touch the Earth and Reach for the Sky!  

April 30: Early Registration (Registration fee waived)
June 15: General Registration 
Registration Fee: $30.00 
Program Fees: $1600 - Full Month or $400 Per week 
Open Saturday Classes & Community Drop-In Classes for Traditional and Alternative Training: $15


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Photo by Nadya Kwandibens

In This Issue
Kaha:wi Goes East
Preview: TransMigration
Update: Susuriwka March Residency
Medicine Bear World Premiere
Photo by David Hou  


Kaha:wi Dance Theatre had an AMAZING World Premiere performance of Medicine Bear at the Centre of the Arts, Brock University in St. Catharine's, Ontario on February 19th, followed by successful outreach events within the local community. KDT also performed to a sold-out show at Chatham's Capitol Theatre! 


About Medicine Bear 

Medicine Bear
is a multi-media dance experience created for young and family audiences co-produced with the Woodland Cultural Centre. Through whimsical music, dance and storytelling, Medicine Bear weaves into one narrative two traditional Iroquoian stories: how the Bear Clan became known as the "Keeper of the Medicines" and the story of the hunter who discovered the gift of medicines.
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March Break Dance Camp

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre was thrilled to launch their March Break Dance Camp which took place at the Woodland Cultural Centre from March 12th - 16th, 2012. Youth ages 9 - 13 had the opportunity to learn a variety of dance styles including Contemporary, First Nations traditional, Hip Hop and more! Participants were able to to learn and refine their dance skills while exploring their creative expression.     


Photo by Brian Thompson
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Artistic Director and Teacher Santee Smith said: "There is a fantastic group of young dancers enrolled in our first March Break Dance Camp. They are having an amazing time learning the different types of dance offered.  It's high energy, action-packed and allows time for individual creativity: a little something for every young mind and body."


Photo by Santee Smith 


 Dance instructors included: Emily Law (Contemporary/Urban Dance); Shayne Martell (Urban Dance: Hip Hop/B-Boy Basics); Santee Smith (Choreography/Creative Movement)