Open Studio at National Ballet School: Wednesday, August 15, 7:15 pm
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre will be hosting an Open Studio during the final creation of Susuriwka ~ willow bridge. This event is an excellent opportunity for dancers to connect with community members who offer valuable feedback to the Artistic Director and for the dancers to better connect with their audience.
SUSURIWKA "BEHIND THE CURTAIN" OPEN STUDIO
WHO: Susuriwka - willow bridge Composer and musician OKI, Choreographer Santee Smith and select dance interpreters
WHAT: Audience members are invited to attend an 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.
WHEN: August 15th, 2012, 7:15 p.m.
WHERE: Canada's National Ballet School (Room 4B) - 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto, ON
WHY: "Behind the Curtain" open studio series brings audiences in touch with the dance/theatre rehearsal process and Santee Smith's work in an intimate way. This "backstage access" allows an informal atmosphere that encourages dialogue between audiences and artists. Artists are able to receive direct feedback from their viewers and learn how to verbally articulate their work.
Behind the Curtain schedule:
7:15-7:30: Studio open to the public
7:30 - 8:30: Susuriwka run-through
8:30 Rehearsal ends
8:30 - 8:45: OKI plays
8:45 - 9:00 Q&A with OKI and dancers
Susuriwka - Willow Bridge at Harbourfront Centre, August 17-19
North American Premiere! Planet IndigenUS is proud to present another dynamic cross-cultural exchange, the commissioning of the North American Premiere of Susuriwka - Willow Bridge with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and the Ainu people of Japan.
Susuriwka is an Ainu word meaning willow bridge and was offered up as a fitting title by Ainu composer Oki. The willow tree holds sacred meaning for the Ainu and the bridge represents our inter-dependent and connected web of existence. As with traditional Ainu and Iroquois practice Susuriwka - Willow Bridge intertwines music and dance together by taking inspiration from Ainu rhythms and the melodious serenity of Tonkori while maintaining a strong sense of connectedness to the earth.
At its essence Susuriwka - Willow Bridge is a dance piece that explores the connection between Iroquois and Ainu song and dance, and expresses and honours our many shared cultural beliefs while seeking relevance and empowerment from our ancient tenants in today's reality.
Co-produced with Yokohama Noh Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, and Harbourfront Centre's Planet IndigenUS Festival 2012.
Presented with support from the Japan Foundation Performing Arts Japan Grant Program.
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