KDT’s primordial and transcendent production NeoIndigenA is an elemental and ritual journey that fiercely cycles through sacred portals between Skyworld, Earthworld and Underworld. Whispering over antlers, Santee Smith' solo performance explores our relationship to ancestors and the living universe. A radiant beast, she is the embodiment of duality, hunter and hunted, ancient and new. The Dora Mavor Moore award nominated production is a momentous physical, emotional, mental challenge and spiritual journey wherein Santee asks the questions: where is land in my body; what language do my bones speak; what is flesh and blood, breath connection to earth and to soulful sky?
Produced by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Created by Santee Smith
part of the NextSteps Series 2013/14
Artistic Director/Choreographer/Production Design/Performance
Creative Producer: Santee Smith
Composition/Score Arrangement/Viola: Jesse Zubot
Composition: Cris Derksen
Composition: Adrian Harjo
Composition/Singer: Tanya Tagaq
Programming/Composition: Michael Red
Percussion: Joy Mullen
Additional Vocals: Nelson Tagoona
Additional Vocals: Nikki Shawana
Additional Mixing: Donald Quan
Studio Engineer/Mastering: Sheldon Zaharko @ Zed Productions/Jesse Zubot
Production Stage Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
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 (Tekaronhiáhkhwa) from the Kahnyen’kehàka – 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 Mohawk language and is a traditional name for Smith’s family. KDT carries culture through dance, theatre, music and design.
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