Date - Saturday, February 24, 2018
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith, Artistic Director)
Saturday February 24, 2018, afternoon and evening performances
The Art Gallery of Guelph is honoured to present two performances of Sewatonhna ren – May Your Spirit be Well, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s original production acknowledging the lives of Mohawk Institute students by symbolically offering past students what they did not receive: love, caring, tenderness, nourishment, cultural knowledge and language. It is a response to the residential school experience, an embodied way to feed the hunger of their spirits and to say: “kwè:iahre – we remember you, kwanorónhkhwa – we love you and tenkwáhsnie – we will care for you”. Audiences will be active in generating an individual response to the bricks and mortar of the Mohawk Institute and its tangible history of assimilation and cultural genocide.
Tekaronhiáhkhwa Santee Smith, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre Artistic Director, is from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. She is a mother, multi-disciplinary artist, and award-winning producer, choreographer. She holds performance in a sacred space, as all life is sacred. Santee maintains an Onkwehon:we understanding of performance, the body and role of artist: music and dance are celebrations of life; the body is a vessel to house our spirit during our earth walk and the artist as a storyteller, transformer and medicine person. From this perspective her work speaks about identity and humanity in relation to the creative universe.
Sewatonhna ren – May Your Spirit be Well is presented as the closing program of 150 Acts: Arts, Activism, Impact