Provoking, conceptual and visceral, Re-Quickening is led by a powerhouse team of women collaborators: Santee Smith, Monique Mojica, Marina Acevedo (MX), Frances Rings (AU), Louise Potiki-Bryant (NZ), Bianca Hyslop (NZ), Nancy Wijohn (NZ) guided by the words of Leanne Simpson, Christi Belcourt, Alva Jamieson, Leigh Smith and Marie Campbell.
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s new performance work, Re-Quickening piecins together fragments of Indigenous knowing, Re-Quickening is a re-affirmation of life and healing from issues of violence against women and Earth. Conceived by Artistic Director Santee Smith, the Indigenous process was an inter-cultural, inter-Nations approach with collaborators looking to narratives encoded in Indigenous patterning and story, traversing the inner sacred landscape of inverted/backwards woman, Changing Woman, Sky Woman, Clay Woman and Mother Earth.
Original score, design and script Re-Quickening includes key collaborators from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Mexico.
Production: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Artistic Direction/Choreography/Concept/Writer/Performer: Santee Smith
General Management: Cynthia Lickers-Sage
Performers: Monique Mojica, Marina Acevedo
Video Performers: Nancy Wijohn, Bianca Hyslop
Dramaturgy: Monique Mojica
Outside Eye: Frances Rings
Video Design/Rehearsal Direction: Louise Potiki Bryant
Lighting Design: Arun Srinivasan
Costume Design: Adriana Fulop, Santee Smith
Director of Photography: Paddy Free
Music Composition: Cris Derksen (cello), Humberto Álvarez (instrumentation and voice), Eugene Draw (violin), Jesse Zubot remixed tracks by Cris Derksen, David R. Maracle (instrumentation), A Tribe Called Red featuring vocals by Tanya Tagaq (original commission 2012), Jesse Zubot featuring vocals by Tanya Tagaq (original commission 2014)
Music Co-producer/Score Arrangement: Cris Derksen
Drums/Mixing: Don Kerr
Percussion: Paddy Free
Songs: Santee Smith, Semiah Kaha:wi Smith
Bustles/head pieces: Adrian Dion Harjo, Jennifer Martin
Costume Construction: Ryan Webber
Pottery: Steve Smith
Writing Consultant: Leanne Simpson
Gyrokinesis: Andrea Nann
Language Consultants: Kaweienonni Cook, Tom Deer (Mohawk), Josefina Velasco Lopez (Zapotec), José Ángel Colman (Guna)
Stage Manager: Jennifer Erin Lee
Production Assistant: Lindy Kinoshameg
Cultural Consultants: Alva Jamieson, Christi Belcourt, Leanne Simpson, Leigh Smith, Frances Rings
Video Production Assistants: Jasmin Canuel, Semiah Kaha:wi Smith
Recording Studio/Engineering: Gary Honess at Kuhlmuzik, Mario Frías at Toy Factory (MX), Don Kerr
Production Photography: David Hou, Tony Nyberg, Brenda Hernández
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is grateful to receive generous support from: Canada Council for the Arts; Ontario Arts Council; Toronto Arts Council; Department of Canadian Heritage and GREAT. Their ongoing support fuels our creative work, education/training and outreach to communities.
We would like to acknowledge our Re-Quickening production sponsor Creative New Zealand, as well as creation support from: Makeda Thomas – Dance & Performance Institute (Trinidad), Woodland Cultural Centre (No Word for Art Exhibition), Native Earth Performing Arts: Weesageechak Begins to Dance 2014 and Pia Bouman School for Ballet and Creative Movement.
Nia:wen kowa to our family, friends and colleagues who continue to inspire, feed and propel us forward; all our collaborating artists, staff, cast and crew for sharing their passion and amazing talents with KDT and for making it possible for us to envision Re-Quickening on the world stage.
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