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Re-Quickening’s Toronto World Premiere Highlights International Indigenous Women’s Resurgence

Re-Quickening’s Toronto World Premiere Highlights International Indigenous Women’s Resurgence

Posted by PanamericanWorld on April 02, 2016

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT), one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies that explores the intersection of Indigenous and new dance performance, led by multi award-winning Artistic Director Santee Smith, launches one of the most bold, timely, sonically and visually arresting inter-disciplinary performances of the 2016 dance season.

Premiering as part of Harbourfront Centre’s 2016 Next Steps dance series, Re-Quickening takes the prevailing discourse surrounding international Indigenous women’s issues and incites a tough topical dialogue through performance, music and art, fuelled by re-constructing feminine power. Does reconciliation mean the same thing to everyone, including those living on Turtle Island? Re-Quickeninggoes there, while facilitating an artistic re-awakening of her-story. “By piecing together fragments and shards of Indigenous knowing, this production acts as a reaffirmation of life and healing from issues of violence against women and the Earth," says Santee. She also makes it clear that the driving force behind Re-Quickening are Indigenous voices, “It’s about our experience and it’s our truth.”

Devised from Indigenous methodology, Re-Quickening boldly goes where few dare, and is led by a powerhouse team of international Indigenous women collaborators: Santee Smith (Kenien’keha:ka/Mohawk Nation), Monique Mojica (Guna, Rappahannock Nations), Marina Acevedo (Zapotec descent), Frances Rings (Kokatha Tribe descent), Louise Potiki-Bryant (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe and Waitaha descent,Māori), Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue, Maori), Nancy Wijohn (Te Rarawa, Tuhoe/Ngati Paoa, Ngati Tahu, Māori), Cris Derkson (Cree descent). Guided by the words of artist-activist leaders Leanne Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry from Alderville First Nation), Christi Belcourt (Métis), Alva Jamieson (Onkwehon:we), Leigh Smith ((Kenien’keha:ka/Mohawk Nation) and elder Maria Campbell (Métis).

Inspired by narratives encoded in Indigenous symbol and iconography, Re-Quickening deals with stripping away the layers of colonial imposition on women’s body-mind-spirit and the re-affirmation of life, of voice, of body sovereignty. Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence, tipping colonialism on its head. The performance touches on themes of dislocation from land, body and voice; the history of violence against Indigenous women since contact; residential schools; and the assimilative processes of the Indian Act towards reclaiming women’s blood ties, rites, umbilical connection to land and healing.

Known for award nominated scores KDT’s Re-Quickening will not disappoint with an original score by collaborators including: Cris Derksen (2016 JUNO Awards nominee), Humberto Alvarez (MX), David R. Maracle (Kenien'kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation), Jesse Zubot featuring vocals by Polaris Prize award winner Tanya Tagaq (Inuk), Eugene Draw and Santee Smith. 

Venue: Harbourfront Centre’s Fleck Dance Theatre (207 Queens Quay West, Toronto) 

Dates: April 28th - May 1st 

Times: Performances begin at 8:00 p.m. with the exception of the Sunday, May 1stmatinee at 3 p.m. 

Extras: There will Q&A’s after every performance with special invited speakers and performers to engage on themes in response to the content of the performance. 

Tickets: $38 at Harbourfront Centre’s Box Office 416-973-4000 or purchased online at: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/boxoffice.cfm

 

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