DanceWorks Mainstage Series:Kaha:Wi Dance Theatre

Feb 14-16, 2019 DW229: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre  Blood Tides @ The Fleck Dance Theatre, 207 Queens Quay West

A re-matriation to the house of humanity, the womb, the power of the feminine voice and body, Blood Tides opens a sacred space through inter-generational, inter-cultural, and interdisciplinary performance. Led by Santee Smith and an ensemble of Indigenous women, the piece highlights the retrieval of ancient women’s knowing and the restoration of rites of passage, song and dance of earthworld, underworld and cosmos. The musical score by Cris Derksen features Pura Fe, Leela Gilday, Ngahuia Sharney Murphy (NZ) and others, creating an emotive landscape where Lightning Woman, Mother of Mothers, and Clay Woman come to tell their story and gather strength. 

Blood Tides is a the second production in the triptych performance series: Re-Quickening, Blood Tides and Skennen, all created through Indigenous process and from a Konkwehon:we (Indigenous woman's) perspective and research. 


Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith, founding Artistic Director of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, is from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. She is a mother, multi-disciplinary artist, and award-winning producer and choreographer. She holds performance in a sacred space, as all life is sacred and maintains an Onkwehon:we understanding of performance, the body and role of the artist. Music and dance are celebrations of life and the body is a vessel to house our spirit during our earth walk when the artist serves as storyteller, transformer and medicine person. From this perspective her work speaks about identity and humanity in relation to the creative universe. Her body of works include productions with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and independent commissions. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including: Chalmers Award; K.M. Hunter Award for Dance; Canada Council’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award; John Hobday Award for Arts Management; and Hamilton Music Award for Kaha:wi in Best Cultural and Ethnic Recording (2003). In 2013, Santee received a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Dance Division for Susuriwka – willow bridge and was recognized as a Eihwaedei Yerihwayente:ri (Community Scholar) in 2015 by Six Nations Polytechnic.


Image: Ian Maracle


TICKETS: 416 973 4000


Thursday, February 14, 2019 - 8:00pm to Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 8:00pm