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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s World Premiere of TransMigration

by NationTalk on March 7, 2012514 Views

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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s World Premiere of TransMigration
Co-produced with Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUs, Toronto, Canada

DATES: May 10 – 13, 2012

TIMES: Thursday, May 10th 8pm (Opening Night Reception)
Friday, May 11th 8pm
Saturday, May 12th 8 pm
Sunday, May 13th 3pm

TICKET PRICES: Regular $30−35 | Student/Under 25: $15
Senior: $20−22.50 | Senior package price: $18−$20
NextSteps package price: $25−$30

VENUE: Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West, Toronto)
BOX OFFICE: Phone: 416-973-4000, press 1
Online: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/boxoffice.cfm

WEB PAGE: www.kahawidance.org/

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) is pleased to announce the World Premiere of TransMigration,a co-production with Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUs as part of the NextSteps11/12 Series at the Fleck Dance Theatre. Four years in the making, TransMigration celebrates Norval Morrisseau’s visual language through sublime dance and music, vibrating with colour, energy and sensuality. Inspired by the paintings and life of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau, TransMigration is a dialogue and a response to his vision, struggles and brilliance as an artist. TransMigration pays homage to “The Artist” and is ultimately a reflection of humanity and the power of spirit to transform and transcend.

The creative team for TransMigrationincludes Artistic Direction/Choreography/Design by Santee Smith, Video Design by Andy Moro, and Lighting Design by Alaina Perttula, among others. TransMigration’s score features indigenous musicians who are pushing boundaries in the same fashion that Norval’s work went beyond the expected: Tanya Tagaq, CrisDerksen, A Tribe Called Red, Vince Fontaine and Barbara Croall, with music supervising by Stevie Salas. A cast of 8 performers bring to life characters including The Artist, Thunderbird, Serpents, Madonna and Child and more.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Canada’s National Ballet School, and Harbourfront Centre. Thanks also to TransMigration’s production sponsors: National Museum of the American Indian: Expressive Arts Award, Hunter Foundation and Planet IndigenUs.

For more information on Harbourfront Centre’s NextSteps 2012 season contact:
Amanda Lee | 416-973-4381 | alee[at]harbourfrontcentre.com

About the company:
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (pronounced ga-HAH-wee) is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, recognized for its seamless fusing of indigenous and contemporary dance into a compelling signature choreographic vision, led by founding Artistic Director/Choreographer Santee Smith (Mohawk Nation). Internationally renowned for artistic excellence, innovation and collaboration, KDT electrifies audiences from Canada and around the globe. Every year the company runs a four-week summer Aboriginal Dance Training program in Toronto.

About Harbourfront Centre:
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

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Media Contact: Jessica Cudney
E-mail: jessica[at]kahawidance.org
T: 416-923-7373

High-resolution digital photography available in our Press Kit at:
www.kahawidance.org.

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