Susuriwka - willow bridge 
North American Premiere
Aug 17 - 19
Dear Friends,

 Photo by Yoichi Tsukada  

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre is looking forward to our North American Premiere of Susuriwka - willow bridge: Co-produced with Yokohama Noh Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and with Harbourfront Centre's Planet IndigenUS Festival 2012 from Aug 17- 19, 2012 at the Fleck Dance Theatre.


Hot on the heels of KDT's World Premiere of TransMigration our creativity is in overdrive as we gear up for Susurikwa - willow bridge. If you missed TransMigration don't miss out on the opportunity to witness our new metaphorical journey, powerfully portrayed by articulate performers who move through a visual and theatrical landscape. It's a surreal, emotional, challenging homage to land and spirit.


I hope to see you on August 17th for our North American premiere of Susuriwka - willow bridge! Thank you to our friends, family, community partners and supporters for your continued support.  





Santee, Smith

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, Artistic Director 



About the Work

Photo by Yoichi Tsukada   


Susurikwa - willow bridge is the result of research and a collaboration process that began in 2009 and illuminates the interconnectedness of Ainu and Iroquois cultural belief, practice and history. "Susuriwka" meaning "willow bridge" in the Ainu language, symbolizes the interconnecting bridges between man and woman, seen and unseen worlds, countries and indigenous peoples. The Ainu "willow tree" similar to the Iroquoian "Tree of Peace" holds sacred meaning and the bridge represents our inter-dependent and connected web of existence. Reliving our spiritual connections on stage we are reminded to awaken the awareness of spirit in everyday life even in the face of turmoil.     


Dance, music, imagery and rhythms unite in Susuriwka - willow bridge with an incredible creative team, a mix of artists and designers from Canada and Japan.

Artistic Director/Choreographer/Design: Santee Smith

Composer: OKI (Japan) with Derek Miller, Cris Derksen

Singers: Marewren (Japan), George Buck, Faron Johns 

Dancer Interpreters: Mami Hata, Emily Law, Ceinwen Gobert, Masashi Koyama, Robert Halley, Yuichiro Inoue

Costume/Set Design: Mitsushi Yanaihara (Japan)

Costume Design: Elaine Redding

Lighting Design: Akiyo Kushida (Japan), Alaina Perttula

Tree Design: Duncan Morgan

among others.


Learn More for Ticket Information HERE!

Performance Information

Fleck Dance Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, 207 Queens Quay West

  • Friday, August 17, 2012 - 7:00pm  
  • Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 2:00pm  
  • Saturday, August 18, 2012 - 7:00pm  
  • Sunday, August 19, 2012 - 7:00pm  


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 Photo by Shelley Niro
From Left to Right: OKI, Derek Miller and Santee Smith