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20th Annual Carl Moore Lectureship

Wednesday March 25, 2020

4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
David Braley Health Sciences Centre 100 Main St West Hamilton, Ontario L8P1H6 Canada
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Guest Speaker
Santee Smith, Chancellor of McMaster University with the dance artists of Skén:nen present a performative lecture: Embodying Skén:nen (Peace/Balance)


Santee Smith sitting on a bench in front of a stone wall and a bush of flowersSantee Smith / Tekaronhiáhkhwa is an award winning multidisciplinary artist from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Six Nations.

She trained at Canada’s National Ballet School and completed Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and a M.A. in Dance from York University.

Santee premiered her debut work Kaha:wi – a family creation story in 2004 and one year later founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre which has grown into an internationally renowned company. Santee’s artistic work speaks about identity, Indigenous worldview and narratives. Her body of work includes 14 productions and numerous short works with commissions from companies such as National Arts Centre Orchestra, Stratford Festival, among others.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including the recent Johanna Metcalf Prize for the Performing Arts; 2 Dora Mavor Moores award for Blood Tides. Her life and works have been the topic of TV series and films. Santee Smith is a sought after teacher and speaker on the performing arts, Indigenous performance and culture.

Creative development featured as a part of the lecture is from Kaha:wi Dance Theatre’s  upcoming production of Skén:nen, set to premiere in 2021.

    • McMaster University Department of Family Medicine
    • David Braley Health Sciences Centre
    • 100 Main Street West, 6th Floor
    • Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
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