Santee Smith

Artist: Santee Smith

About the Artist: Smith shares a story with the audience by taking the audience on a journey with her through her performance. Her performance, dance, vocals, music, and objects come together to communicate a message.

Birth Place: Santee is from the Kahnyen’kehàka (Mohawk) Nation, Turtle Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River, Ontario

Life Dates: 1971- Present

Mediums: Dance, performance, choreographer, actor, singer and designer of Iroquoian pottery.

Smith stresses that her work is multidimensional.

Themes: Her work addresses identity and humanity as it relates to the creative universe

Training:  She has taken movement training at studios, including the Hamilton Ballet School, Debbie Wilson Studios and Equity Showcase Theatre .Smith has six years of training at Canada’s National Ballet School, Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and theatre training, In 1996, Smith returned to dance as a choreographer.

Artworks: In NeoIndigenA, a piece Smith is the artistic director and solo performer of, Smith explores the connections of all living things and elements. This piece “encompasses past, present, future in one body and space, awakening ancient ways of knowing and spiritual renewal” (Kaha:wi Dance Theatre) for Smith.

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