May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.
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Continuance: Yonkwa'nikonhrakontáhkwen - our consciousness continues unchanged

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Six Nations, ON)

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Indigenous arts Theatre Dance

Continuance is the state of remaining in existence.

Continuance as a Grand Act is an embodiment of resilience. A celebration of Indigenous continuance the drive-in theatre shines light, 3D mapping on the dark oppressiveness of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.

With an immersive interplay with live intergenerational Haudenosaunee performers, the new media incorporates ancient-future imagery illuminating that the 142 year history of the school did not destroy cultural perpetuity. Disintegrating the facade of the school into images portraying cultural strength, beauty and iconic Haudenosaunee imagery. Coded within our iconographies are meaningful ways to live in the world with balanced harmony. 

Presentation Partner: Woodland Cultural Centre

As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together. Eleven of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online.

This event will be photographed and recorded, with excerpts being presented online at a later date, so we are advising all attendees that by attending the event, individuals are deemed to consent to the recording of their image and use of their image in connection with recordings and photographs of the event, which may be published. All video recordings and images of the event captured by the organizers shall be the sole property of organizers and all rights of personality, publicity, privacy, or other rights of participants in recordings or photographs shall be deemed to have been waived.

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  • Production Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
  • Creative Producer, Director, Performer Santee Smith
  • Performers Julianne Blackbird, Ascension Harjo, Raelyn Metcalfe, Montana Summers
  • 3D Mapping Design AVA - Animation & Visual Arts: Emma Lopez and Pedro Narvaez, Co-Directors
  • Lighting and Staging Design Lindy Kinoshameg
  • Cinematographer, Editor Jon Elliott
  • Score Composition, Arrangement Adrian Dion Harjo
  • Songwriters/Singers Jennifer Kreisberg, Semiah Smith
  • Singers Ascension Harjo, Lindyn Hill, Biine Kwe Elijah, Blayze Longboat, Imani Mitten, Santee Smith
  • Opening Address and Singer Biine Kwe Elijah
  • Green Screen Videographer Thru The Red Door - Shane Powless
  • Costume Designer Adriana Fulop
  • Production Stage Manager Candace Scott Moore
  • Advisor Roberta Hill
  • Kanienʼkéha Translator Tehahenteh Miller
  • Production Stage Manager Mentee Donika Stonefish