Kaha:wi Dance Theatre: Medicine Bear

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will be travelling to the Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford end-April to showcase its work-in-progress Medicine Bear. School presentations will happen during the day on April 29, 2011 and will be followed by a public community performance at 7:30 pm.

Medicine Bear is a dance theatre work created for young audiences and weaves into one narrative two traditional Iroquoian stories: how the Bear Clan became known as the “Keeper of the Medicines” and the story of the hunter who discovered the gift of medicines. Medicine Bear shares lessons of respect, spirit, compassion for elders, as well as giving thanks.

Choreographer Santee Smith recalls these stories and is enthusiastic to share them with youth, “My father told me these two powerful and cultural narratives when I was growing up. Providing the opportunity for traditional stories to find relevance within today’s youth population is important to me, especially at this time of ecological crisis.”

Medicine Bear is a co-production between Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and the Woodland Cultural Centre. This Medicine Bear event is open to the public and will take place at the Woodland Cultural Centre (www.woodland-centre.on.ca) located at 184 Mohawk Street in Brantford, ON.  Entrance fee is by donation at the door or PWYC. For more information visit www.kahawidance.org or IPAA’s Events Page.

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