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1. NEWSLETTER! WEBSITE! AND BLOG! OH MY!
Yes, KDT has finally gone high tech. That is why you are receiving this newsletter. It looks really nice with the images, so make sure you've got those enabled! Otherwise you can also look at it in your browser.
If you are interested in what Kaha:wi Dance Theatre has been up to lately, you can now find samples of our work on Youtube; we are on Facebook (join our group!); we have a new and beautifully designed website and blog, and we'll be communicating with interested parties such as yourself via e-newsletter. We are mulling over the benefits of Twitter. Are you on Twitter? Is it useful? Should we be following you? Tell us.
We want to know what you think of all of our new endeavors, so send any comments, suggestions, hopes, dreams, workshop inquiries, accolades and compliments, or your latest scheme to email@example.com. By the way, you're receiving this newsletter because you either signed up to receive news, or you've done business (financial or personal) with us. But there's no pressure, just unsubscribe by clicking on the button in this email. Otherwise, stay tuned for more exciting news. And in case you wonder about the lovely website, it was designed by Monika Go of Bumblebee Design.
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2. BLACK GRACE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR NEIL IEREMIA @ KDT SUMMER INTENSIVE - REGISTER NOW!
“(Neil Ieremia) has spread his artistic roots in several rich pasts and grown up and out into a sunlight of his own making.” - New York Times
As most of you know, this is the summer for you or one of your dancer friends to expand their understanding and training in Aboriginal dance styles. Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is proud to present the company's FIRST and Canada's ONLY intensive dance program featuring Aboriginal styles: August 10 - 23, 2009. And now we can confirm another addition to the stellar line up: Neil Ieremia of New Zealand, the Founder and Artistic Director of award-winning troupe, Black Grace. Do check out this awesome link on Youtube if you aren't familiar with Black Grace's work.
Company founder and Artistic Director Neil Ieremia will lead students through aspects of his typical choreographic process used when making his work for the Company. These exercises teach the principle traits of Black Grace: strength, dynamics and rhythm, which challenges physicality and endurance.
In addition to Neil, we have two amazing teachers direct from Hawaii's Halau I Ka Wekiu, a real Hawaiian Hula school, Michael and Karl. (Check out this video of their school performing on Youtube: electrifying!) Michael Greyeyes will present a 3-day workshop on a system called Viewpoints from August 21 - 23. Viewpoints is an improvisation technique developed by Mary Overlie for movement & gesture. We are offering Viewpoints as part of the whole package, or you can register for Viewpoints all by itself.
Teachers: You can audit any day of this two week program for $75.
Santee Smith: teaching the unique Kaha:wi style
Rosa and Crystal John: teaching traditional pow-wow styles
Michel Faigaux: teaching ballet in order to whip bodies into classical shape
Dancer/choreographer Louis Laberge-Côté: whipping bodies into contemporary shape.
The whole program is complemented by a early morning yoga practice (optional for late sleepers) and evenings exploring relevant events around Toronto. Spaces are limited so hurry!
Great for networking, physical training, ongoing improvement.
You can get all the info you need about signing up to train with us at www.kahawidance.org/training.
- If you want brochures and posters at your office, contact KDT's GM, Julia Dow: firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you want to sponsor a young dancer or sponsor this program and the development of Aboriginal Dance Education, contact Santee: email@example.com
We will be sending out some reminders to register as the deadlines get closer so bear with us. Please tell your dancer friends about this.
Photo of Black Grace by Duncan Cole.
3. KAHA:WI DANCE THEATRE in SASKATOON, SK. PERFORMING: FRIDAY JUNE 5 2009
KDT has been touring their amazing work for children A Story Before Time, the Iroquois Creation Story, at International Children's Festivals in Calgary, AB, Surrey, B.C. and Saskatoon, SK. Saskatchewan-ians still have the chance to check out the show. We'll be doing 3, yes 3 shows the morning of Friday June 5th and you can still get tickets(although numbers are dwindling).
This family show is perfect for children ages 5+ and features the spectacular choreography of Santee Smith, Drew Hayden Taylor's retelling, Cheri Maracle in the role of Narrator, and, if you are a teacher, KDT also has a FREE comprehensive study guide for download and study guide DVD for purchase being sold at the Festival's General Store, both with ready-made lessons related to the show. If you have a chance to see this show, I can personally testify that it is a delight for adult audiences as well. Santee and company will be presenting workshops at 11 schools in the Saskatoon area leading up to June 5th.
4. DUSK DANCES 2009 VANCOUVER AND TORONTO FREE OUTDOOR SHOWS
Watch out for July/August performances by KDT in Vancouver and Toronto. KDT will be at CRAB Park in Vancouver from July 15 - 18 as part of Dancing on the Edge. KDT will be at Toronto's Withrow Park from August 4 - 9. All performances begin at 7pm. Dusk Dances performances are FREE and outdoors...a soft summer evening in the park, picnicking and taking in excerpts from "Kaha:wi." Put it in your calendar!
Photo by Kevin Konnyu from Dusk Dances 2008, Withrow Park, Toronto.
5. A MOVIE STAR IN THE MAKING!
KDT would like to offer its congratulations to long-time dancer Alex Meraz. (That's him on the right.) Alex Meraz is a handsome young man from Phoenix, AZ who has danced with Santee since 2005. It now appears he is leaving us, at least temporarily, for the greener pastures of Hollywood. The rumours ARE true and he will be appearing in the sequel to the movieTwilight, called New Moon, set for release in November 2009.
Alex has appeared in A Constellation of Bones, Here on Earth, A Story Before Time, A Soldier's Tale and we wish him (and his family) the best in his burgeoning career and in fending off crazy screaming teenage girl fans. Search for Alex Meraz on youTube to see his every move!