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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre performs transformative work inspired by artist Norval Morrisseau

by on March 26, 2015


On Saturday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m., contemporary dance company Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will perform the visually raw and engaging TransMigration at the Fredericton Playhouse.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, recognized for its seamless fusing of indigenous and contemporary dance into a compelling signature choreographic vision.

Internationally renowned for artistic excellence, innovation and collaboration, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre electrifies audiences from Canada and around the world. The company was founded by Artistic Director Santee Smith, a leading Canadian choreographer. Known for her meaningful, athletic and earth-bound movement-language, her work is visually stunning, deeply symbolic, spiritually stirring and entertaining.

Inspired by the vibrant colours and bold imagery of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau, TransMigration is a work that reflects humanity and the power of spirit to transform and transcend.

This piece dips into the brutal realities of life in the streets, addressing homelessness, alcoholism and the aftermath of residential schools. Like Morrisseau’s art, TransMigration is intended to express identity and reclaim strength, beauty and healing in a post-colonial world.

While TransMigration is a thematically mature piece, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is also pleased to offer a fun workshop for a wide range of ages and skill levels. Participants age nine and up are invited to register for Urban Dance Styles, an Experience More! class taking place at St. Mary’s Culture Centre on Friday, April 10 at 6:30 p.m. Members of the dance company will teach the art of hip-hop, b-boy/b-girl and house dance styles. Please contact the box office to register.

Tickets for Kaha:wi Dance Theatre are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office at 458-8344 or online at

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