WSU Performing Arts

Spring Series

Kahawi Dance Theatre

This performance is SOLD OUT.


Friday, April 21, 2017
7:30 p.m. @ Jones Theatre at Daggy Hall

Copresented with Festival Dance & Performing Arts

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is one of Canada's leading contemporary dance companies, exploring the intersection of indigenous and new dance performance. KDT was founded by artistic director Santee Smith, a leading Canadian choreographer known for meaningful, athletic, and earthbound movement language.

Kaha:wi (Ga-HA-Wee) means "to carry" in the Mohawk language and is a traditional name for Smith's family. Kaha:wi Dance Theatre carries culture through dance, theatre, music, and design.

"An emotional and poignant message packaged in athletic and rhythmic dance." —Tekawennake News

This special program will include "The Honouring," a site-specific, multidisciplinary performance honoring First Nations warriors of the War of 1812 and the Onkwehonwe families who sacrificed to protect Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) sovereignty, culture, and land.

"'The Honouring' took the audience on a heartfelt journey through war, death, and grief, but always with dignified ceremony." —Globe & Mail

Audiences will have the opportunity to understand the complexity of the war through the experiential lens of First Nations, offering a human face to our history. All First Nations took part in the War of 1812 as sovereign nation allies to Britain. "The Honouring" pays homage to their personal sacrifices and belief in what was best for their family, community, and future generations.

THE HONOURING Theatre Trailer from kahawidance on Vimeo.

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This performance is presented with support from:

National Endowment for the Arts        WESTAF        Idaho Commission on the Arts
Washington State Arts Commission        Residence Inn by Marriott Pullman  


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