Premiering as part of Harbourfront Centre’s 2015/16 Next Steps dance series, Re-Quickening takes the prevailing discourse surrounding international Indigenous women’s issues and incites a tough topical dialogue through performance, music and art, fuelled by re-constructing feminine power. Does reconciliation mean the same thing to everyone, including those living on Turtle Island? Re-Quickening goes there, while facilitating an artistic re-awakening of her-story. “By piecing together fragments and shards of Indigenous knowing, this production acts as a reaffirmation of life and healing from issues of violence against women and the Earth,” says Santee. She also makes it clear that the driving force behind Re-Quickening are Indigenous voices, “It’s about our experience and it’s our truth.”
Devised from Indigenous methodology, Re-Quickening boldly goes where few dare, and is led by a powerhouse team of international Indigenous women collaborators: Santee Smith (Kenien’keha:ka/Mohawk Nation), Monique Mojica (Guna, Rappahannock Nations), Marina Acevedo (Zapotec descent), Frances Rings (Kokatha Tribe descent), Louise Potiki-Bryant (Kāi Tahu, Kāti Mamoe and Waitaha descent, Māori), Bianca Hyslop (Te Arawa, Ngati Whakaue, Maori), Nancy Wijohn (Te Rarawa, Tuhoe/Ngati Paoa, Ngati Tahu, Māori), Cris Derkson (Cree descent). Guided by the words of artist-activist leaders Leanne Simpson (Michi Saagiig Nishnaabeg ancestry from Alderville First Nation), Christi Belcourt (Métis), Alva Jamieson (Onkwehon:we), Leigh Smith ((Kenien’keha:ka/Mohawk Nation) and elder Maria Campbell (Métis).
Inspired by narratives encoded in Indigenous symbol and iconography, and traversing the inner scared landscape of Backwards woman, Changing woman, Skywoman, Claywoman and Earth Mother, Re-Quickening deals with stripping away the layers of colonial imposition on women’s body-mind-spirit and the re-affirmation of life, of voice, of body sovereignty. Re-Quickening aims to open up pathways for re-storing internal fractures and to re-ignite feminine position and presence – Mana Wahine, Konkwehon:we.
Known for award nominated scores KDT’s Re-Quickening will not disappoint with an original score by collaborators: Cris Derksen (2016 JUNO Awards nominee), Humberto Alvarez (MX), David R. Maracle (Kenien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation), Jesse Zubot featuring vocals by Polaris Prize award winner Tanya Tagaq (Inuk), Eugene Draw and Santee Smith. Re-Quickening design includes: Lighting, Arun Srinivasan; Video, Louise Potiki Bryant; Set, Andy Moro (Mushkegowuk Cree descent); Costumes, Adriana Fulop; Props, Adrian Harjo and Steve Smith (Kenien’kehá:ka/Mohawk Nation)
Re-Quickening is a spiritual resurgence, tipping colonialism on its head. The performance touches on themes of dislocation from land, body and voice; the history of violence against Indigenous women since contact; residential schools; and the assimilative processes of the Indian Act towards reclaiming women’s blood ties, rites, umbilical connection to land and healing.
Re-Quickening – It’s time to re-awaken the giant within.
Watch the trailer here: https://vimeo.com/154773974
Live Art Dance is honoured to announce that this piece is being presented in collaboration with the Prismatic Arts Festival, one of Canada’s leaders in diversity and accessibility. (For more information about Prismatic’s incredible line-up, please visit https://liveartdance.ca//prismaticfestival.com/)
JOIN US SEPTEMBER 21 AT 7:15-7:45: Pre-show chat with Halifax’s Poet Laureate, Rebecca Thomas. A chance to hear about her practice and to learn about the themes at play in Kaha:wi’s work.
POST-SHOW CHAT, SEPTEMBER 22: Join Live Art Impresario Don Rieder on the Dunn Stage after the performance for a Q&A with the artists!
In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Confederation, this performance is part of Atlantic Presenters Association’s “Canada 150 Performance Series” in partnership with RADARTS (Réseau atlantique de diffusion des arts de la scène).
Huge thanks to our show sponsor, the University of King’s College and the Fountain School of Performing Arts, and our season sponsor, Gordon Stirrett & Associates!
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.