Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is excited to announce the North American Premiere of Susuriwka – willow bridge: Co-produced with Yokohama Noh Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and with Harbourfront Centre’s Planet IndigenUS Festival 2012 from Aug 17 – 19, 2012 at the Fleck Dance Theatre.
A metaphorical journey, Susuriwka – willow bridge is an emotional homage to land and spirit. It is a dance work that explores inter-connection, sacredness, loss and revitalization. As dancers move to the entrancing indigenous sound, reliving spiritual connections on stage, we are reminded to awaken spirit in everyday life, especially in the face of hardship and environmental catastrophe.
Susuriwka – willow bridge Performance Information
Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
- Friday, August 17, 2012 – 7:00pm – followed by an Opening Night reception
- Saturday, August 18, 2012 – 2:00pm
- Saturday, August 18, 2012 – 7:00pm – followed by Q&A with artists
- Sunday, August 19, 2012 – 7:00pm
KDT’s critically acclaimed and award-winning Artistic Director/Choreographer, Santee Smith will be accompanied by dancers: Mami Hata (Japan), Emily Law, Ceinwen Gobert, Masashi Koyama (Japan), Robert Halley, and Yuichiro Inoue. KDT’s creative team includes an incredible mix of artists and designers from Canada and Japan: Costume Designers – Mitsushi Yanaihara (Japan) and Elaine Redding; Lighting Designers – Akiyo Kushida (Japan) and Alaina Perttula; Design Assistants – Sayo Ogasawara, Shogo Yoshino (Japan). The Susuriwka – willow bridge score by OKI (Japan) features indigenous singers: Marewrew (Japan), from Six Nations George Buck, Faron Johns, Derek Miller; hauntingly exquisite cellist Cris Derksen. OKI has won international praise for creating new sounds by blending melodies of the Tonkori – the traditional stringed instrument of the Sakhalin Ainu.
The creation process of Susuriwka – willow bridge has been an incredible journey of cultural exchange, discovery and creativity working with artists from Japan and Canada and within the Ainu and Onkwehonwe communities.
The community is also invited to attend our open studio rehearsal for a behind-the-scenes look into the creative development of Susuriwka – willow bridge. Composer OKI (Japan) will also honour guests with an intimate performance sampling the musical score of Susuriwka – willow bridge. This event will take place on Wednesday, August 15 from 7:15 – 9:00pm at Canada’s National Ballet School (room 4B – 400 Jarvis St. Toronto).
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Kaha:wi Dance Theatre gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Toronto Arts Council, Woodland Cultural Centre, Harbourfront Centre, Planet IndigenUS, Yokohama Arts Foundation, Japan Arts Fund, Mitsubishi Estate, LTD.