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The Mush Hole

2022-04-13 20:00 2022-04-16 21:00 60 Canada/Eastern 🎟 NAC: The Mush Hole

https://nac-cna.ca/en/event/25711

In-person event

A powerful portrayal of a family impacted by the Mohawk Institute Residential School, The Mush Hole honours the spirit of the Survivors and their families, celebrating their resilience, courage, and strength.  The Mush Hole is performed by the internationally acclaimed Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and created by Santee Smith, a multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. Santee maintains an...

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Azrieli Studio,1 Elgin Street,Ottawa,Canada
April 13 - 16, 2022
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Indigenous arts Theatre Dance
  • In-person event
  • English
  • ≈ 60 minutes · No intermission
  • Mature themes

NAC Premiere

A powerful portrayal of a family impacted by the Mohawk Institute Residential School, The Mush Hole honours the spirit of the Survivors and their families, celebrating their resilience, courage, and strength. 

The Mush Hole is performed by the internationally acclaimed Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and created by Santee Smith, a multi-disciplinary artist and choreographer from the Kahnyen’kehàka Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario. Santee maintains an Onkwehon:we understanding of performance, that the body is a vessel to house our spirit during our earth walk. She views artists as storytellers and transformers. In Santee's own words, “The Mush Hole . . . offers a way to open dialogue and to heal, through acknowledgment and honouring the spirit of Survivors and families.”


Kanónnya wátstha The Mush Hole akaká:raton’ oh nahotiyà:tawen’ne’ ne ronteweyenhstà:nes tsi yonteweyénhstha rati’teronhtáhkwa ne Mohawk Institute. Yóhskats tahnon yo’shátste na’kakarò:ten. Kahsennakará:tats raonatonnhè:tshera nè:ne wahonatatèn:ra’ne’. Karihwanorónhstha tsi ní:yoht sahontkwatá:ko’, raoti’nikonhratshanì:tshera tahnon raoti’shatsténhtshera.

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  • Creator, Producer, Director & Designer Santee Smith
  • Production Support Woodland Cultural Centre, Thru The Red Door, Art Gallery of Guelph, Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity, Socrates Project, McMaster University
  • Company Support Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council
  • Advisors Geronimo Henry, Thohahoken Michael Doxtater, Roberta Hill
  • Performers Santee Smith, Jonathan Fisher, Julianne Blackbird, Montana Summers, Raelyn Metcalfe
  • Composition & Arrangement Jesse Zubot
  • Additional Composition Adrian Dion Harjo
  • Set & Original Lighting Designer Andy Moro
  • Production Tour Manager & Tour Lighting Designer Evan Sandham
  • Costume Designer Adriana Fulop, Santee Smith, Leigh Smith
  • Production Support & Videographer Shane Powless
  • Tour Stage Manager Senjuti Sarker
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