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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre: A Constellation of Bones

By Julye Huggins
A Constellation of Bones

This evening, at Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre presents a mixed program, Behind the Curtain, as part of a series of open rehearsals. Featured works include A Constellation of Bones and excerpts from Kaha:wi and Here on Earth. Artistic Director Santee Smith will be joined by performers Ceinwen Gobert, Michael Caldwell, Robert Halley, Emily Law and Arlo Baskier-Nabess.Smith and Gobert are seen here with Alex Meraz and John Henry Gerena in A Constellation of Bones, a work that “makes manifest the knowledge of the Maori, Mohawk, and Anishnaabek peoples.” According to the company’s website: “This work explores love, unity, alienation and reconciliation through the movements of two couples. A metaphysical work, it fuses ideas, music, movement and images that explore modern and ancient life and our connection to the spiritual realm.” In the creation of this work, Smith collaborated with other well-established international Indigenous artists, including writer Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm (Anishnaabe) and composer Dean Hapeta (aka Te Kupu) of Maori, New Zealand.

Learn more: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

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