REMINDER: Funding Session THIS FRIDAY
KDT is delighted to host a FREE session on Funding Opportunities for ALL Toronto-area dancers during our Summer Training Intensive. There is absolutely NO fee to attend this brief session on funding opportunities for dancers and choreographers (with a focus on Aboriginal dancers). Presenters will include representatives from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists (CADA) and the Dancers Transition Resource Centre (DTRC).
@ NATIONAL BALLET STUDIOs IN TORONTO
RSVP necessary: Please email Hillari at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your place.
When? Friday August 14, 2009: 3:15 - 5 pm
Where? The National Ballet School, 406 Jarvis St., Toronto, ON (Subway: College or Wellesley)
Who? Any interested dancers
Other Company News
KDT is looking for an accountant/ money manager/ math whiz to sit on the Board of Directors. Are you an accountant who believes in the promotion and cultivation of Aboriginal Arts? Please inquire with us about this position.
The company recently registered on Business For the Arts' excellent site, BoardLink, which matches potential board members to arts companies! Check it out, login, sign up.
Do you know an Arts Administrator? KDT would like to hire a P/T administrator for the Toronto office this year. Details of the post will be available on our website by the end of August, but go ahead and send us your C.V. now. Ideally candidates have recently graduated or are in their final year of an arts administration program.
Thank you for your support! KDT is the happy recipient of Annual Funding from all three levels of goverment for the upcoming 09/10 season. We thank the Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Arts Council and Canada Council for the Arts for their continuing support.
Dusk Dances runs from TONIGHT (THURSDAY) THROUGH SUNDAY! Pay-what-you-can admission.
Entrance to Chalkfarm Park is on the west side of Jane Street just north of North York Sheridan Mall (beside the Fire Station) or over the bridge from the North Parking Lot of North York Sheridan Mall. For detailed directions click here.
Opening band: Samba Squad
Host: Blakka Ellis
Wow! It's been an exciting week. KDT's Summer Aboriginal Dance Training Intensive is off to an amazing start. Dancers are sweating their way through long days of ballet, and confessed to being incredibly sore after only one day! This is the only program offering Aboriginal Dance as part of a comprehensive training program for pre-professionals.
Join our company dancers next week as they study Hoop Dancing with Rosa and Beany John. There are a limited number of slots open for our 2nd week which runs from August 17th -23rd & a full two week session includes Viewpoints (great for actors and can be taken by itself) with acclaimed dancer-actor-choreographer Michael Greyeyes. Contact us ASAP if you're interested! Full schedule available on the KDT website (www.kahawidance.org)
SADTI WEEK 2: $600 +$30 registration fee
SADTI Viewpoints only: $220 + $30 Registration fee
If you've missed out on the first week of the SADTI 2009, don't worry because you still have a chance to catch Week 2. Métis, Aboriginal and Inuit dancers are especially encouraged to apply.
Harbourfront Centre Planet IndigenUS Opening Spectacles
August 14th, 2009 @ 7 pm
Redpath Stage, 235 Queens Quay West
August 14th, 2009 @ 8:30 pm
Sirius Stage, 235 Queens Quay West
TWO FREE EVENTS - ONE INCREDIBLE NIGHT
This opening spectacle gathers and welcomes all to our Redpath Stage and allows everyone to pay their respects to the traditional people of this land, the Mississaugas of the New Credit. The opening spectacle is choreographed by our own award-winning artistic director/ dancer/ choreographer Santee Smith from Six Nations of the Grand River. Join our circle, with dancers such as Gaetan Gingras, Doonooch Dance Company and Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and local singers as they unite in celebration. We promise to have you up dancing and singing along with us.
at 8:30 pm mosey on over to the SIRIUS STAGE
One of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s dearest friends and advisors, Mr. John Kim Bell will conduct a symphonic orchestra concert on August 14th, 2009 at 8:30 PM on the Sirius Stage at the Harbourfront Centre.
Mr. Bell’s roots as a symphonic conductor are well-known throughout Canada. He is the first Aboriginal person to conduct a symphonic orchestra in North America. He was the Associate Conductor of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic and has trained with such figures as famed conductor Leonard Bernstein.
Kaha:wi @ Dusk Dances:
Aug. 13 - 16@ Chalkfarm Park
Performed earlier this summer in Vancouver, one critic wrote:
[It was] so site-specific it was a little eerie how well it fit into the outdoor settings.
[Kaha:wi] was performed in a clearing surrounded by cedars and Douglas firs. Even though the sun hadn’t yet set, the trees were dense enough to keep out direct light. In the dusk, the beige and earthtones of the four women’s costumes glowed. It felt magical, as if a fairy or sprite might appear from behind a tree at any moment.
The women’s movements were graceful and rhythmic: they moved as if they were channeling an elemental current. As they danced, their costumes flowed and waved to accentuate their synchronized movements. The soundscape was superb: it created a sonic environment that made me feel as if I was immersed in the sound of the dance.
Band starts at 7pm, dance starts at 7:30pm
See Kaha:wi perform alongside up and coming urban dance groups and artists like Irvine Washington (Hip Hop) and Black Ice. See panel at right for more details.