You are watching excerpts from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre's enchanting interpretation of the age-old Iroquoian Creation Story by Santee Smith. Explore the Sky World and the Earth World; enjoy the antics and courage of the muskrat, otter, geese and deer; and, learn the story of Sky Woman, Hanging Flower, West Wind, The Bent One and Holder of the Heavens.
The journey begins as a wondrous Sky World is revealed and Sky Beings dance like stars in the cosmos. It is when Sky Woman falls through the roots of the Celestial Tree to the Water World below that life on Turtles back takes shape. Animals by her side, Sky Woman sings and dances her world into existence. Composer Donald Quan has created an exquisite musical score that successfully blends traditional Iroquoian social songs and contemporary music, incorporating both Mohawk and Cayuga languages. Storyteller weaves the story with narration written by acclaimed Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor. Visually stunning, musically rich and theatrically compelling, this spectacular dance work for families and school-age children is entertaining and insightful.
Nominated for Dora Mavor Moore Awards in two categories in 2008, the world premiere of A Story Before Time occurred as a co-production between Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and the Banff Centre for the Arts at the Margaret Greenham Theatre during the Banff Summer Arts Festival, Banff, Alberta.
The gorgeous ASBT Soundtrack featuring the vocals by ElizaBeth Hill, Faron John, OlMush Singers and Santee Smith.
KDT has also created a comprehensive Study Guide to accompany this performance that can be accessed through our website.
Lighting Design: Harry Frehner
Costume/Set Design: Linda Leon
Check our website kahawidance.org for more information on the show, the company and upcoming tour dates.
"A Constellation of Bones" has been called a poetic paean to the mythologies of creation. This work explores love, unity, alienation and reconciliation through the movements of two couples.
"A Constellation of Bones" makes manifest the knowledge of the Maori, Mohawk, and Anishnaabek peoples. The piece draws from key cultural beliefs and themes of connection, distinction of the Sky World and Earth realm, masculine/ feminine forces of Nature, and spiritual presence/power or "Mana".
This multi-disciplinary piece unites three well-established international Indigenous artists: choreographer Santee Smith, writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Anishnaabe) and composer Dean Hapeta aka Te Kupu (Maori, NZ).
The world premiere of "A Constellation of Bones" was presented by DanceWorks, Mainstage Series at the Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre Theatre in March 2007.
Music by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm and Dean Hapeta (Te Kupu)
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Brenda Clark
The electrifying soundtrack for "A Constellation of Bones", released in 2008, is available through Kegedonce [kegedonce.com]
Dancers: Alex Meraz, Ceinwen Gobert, John Henry Gerena, Santee Smith
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