Continuance: Yonkwa’nikonhrakontáhkwen – Our Consciousness Continues Unchanged
Continuance is the state of remaining in existence.
This powerful performance has been released by National Arts Centre for public viewing.
Continuance as a Grand Act is an embodiment of resilience. A celebration of Indigenous continuance the drive-in theatre shines light, 3D mapping on the dark oppressiveness of the Mohawk Institute Residential School.
With an immersive interplay with live intergenerational Haudenosaunee performers, the new media incorporates ancient-future imagery illuminating that the 142-year history of the school did not destroy cultural perpetuity. Disintegrating the facade of the school into images portraying cultural strength, beauty and iconic Haudenosaunee imagery. Coded within our iconographies are meaningful ways to live in the world with balanced harmony.
Continuance was performed for a live audience on site here at Woodland Cultural Centre on Saturday, October 3, 2020 in Six Nations, ON.
Watch the introduction here.
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Presentation Partner: Woodland Cultural Centre
Creative Producer, Director, Performer: Santee Smith
Production: Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Performers: Julianne Blackbird, Ascension Harjo, Raelyn Metcalfe, Montana Summers
3D Mapping Design: AVA – Animation & Visual Arts: Emma Lopez and Pedro Narvaez, Co-Directors
Lighting and Staging Design: Lindy Kinoshameg
Cinematographer, Editor: Jon Elliott
Score Composition, Arrangement: Adrian Dion Harjo
Songwriters/Singers: Jennifer Kreisberg, Semiah Smith
Singers: Ascension Harjo, Lindyn Hill, Biine Kwe Elijah, Blayze Longboat, Imani Mitten, Santee Smith
Opening Address and Singer: Biine Kwe Elijah
Green Screen Videographer: Thru The Red Door – Shane Powless
Costume Designer: Adriana Fulop
Production Stage Manager: Candace Scott Moore
Advisor: Roberta Hill
Kanienʼkéha Translator: Tehahenteh Miller
Production Stage Manager Mentee: Donika Stonefish