20th Annual Carl Moore Lectureship
Wednesday March 25, 2020
Santee Smith, Chancellor of McMaster University with the dance artists of Skén:nen present a performative lecture: Embodying Skén:nen (Peace/Balance)
Santee 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.