Welcome to another year of Kehewin Native Dance Theatre. Well, COVID-19 tried to get us down in 2020 and now again in 2021 with the 4th wave. But guess what….we haven’t gotten low, Instead KNDT has grown! After all our tours, festivals and performances were cancelled in March 2020, we were afraid our doors would have to close, but with emergency grants from CANADA COUNCIL FOR THE ARTS and the INDIGENOUS CURATORIAL COLLECTIVE, KNDT was able to pay salaries and explore alternative methods of performing, hosting workshops and training. We have gone online with most of the work and our storytellers have been working tirelessly sharing stories with schools, symposiums and festivals.
So, sit back, relax and join us in reflecting on the last 2 years of KEHEWIN NATIVE DANCE THEATRE. Stay safe and wear your masks, we wish you all Good Health and Happiness.
Spring 2020 KNDT Celebrated 30 years
In June 2020, KNDT celebrated 30 years of Dance, Theatre, Music and Storytelling, with an online festival. We had performers from Canada, the US and Mexico. Former trainees performed, Dancers that had danced with KNDT performed and spoke about their experiences as KNDT performers. Musicians that have worked with KNDT since the beginning, in 1991, shared their stories of working with the Collective.
KNDT also received funding from the National Arts Centre to create a video surrounding the subject of Dancing On The Land. The video included members of the the KNDT Collective who reside in Tiny Houses on the KNDT site, as well as those working in their own bubbles elsewhere.
Rosa John, our Artistic Director, shared hundreds of stories with audiences from Ontario to Alberta and all the way to Arizona online. Creation stories, Hero stories and Trickster stories all came alive in Zoom classrooms, FB Live performances and corporate Zoom meetings. KNDT is looking to once again go online with the storytelling shows in 2022. Stay Tuned!
Although we could not hold our regular Dance training in the Summer of 2020 or 2021, we received funding from Canada Council and Alberta Foundation for the Arts to host 2 amazing training programs; Tipi Teachings with Melvin John and Mistatim Teachings with Jody John
Melvin John, our Technical Director had the honour of sharing Tipi Teaching with 7 youth from Kehewin, Blood and Frog Lake First Nations. The youth were amazing, Learning the cultural teachings of the 13 moons and raising a 24 foot tipi.