A Story Before Time

YPT presents Dora-Nominated A Story Before Time, a Onkwehonwe (First Nation) Creation Story

Young People’s Theatre is pleased to present A Story Before Time, a powerful First Nations story from  Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, written by Drew Hayden Taylor and created by Santee Smith. On the Mainstage from October 16-24.

Original music, dance, and theatre unite to bring this entertaining and insightful Onkwehonwe (First Nation) Creation Story to life. The exquisite musical score blends traditional songs with contemporary music, incorporating both Mohawk and Cayuga languages. A Story Before Time carries the metaphors, symbols, dreams, and beliefs of a people, weaving a rich and powerful cultural narrative.

Artistic Direction and Choreography: Santee Smith. Featuring: Sarain Carson-Fox, Zhenya Cerneacov, Michael Demski, Semiah Kaha:wi Smith, Louis Laberge-Côté, Emily Law.

Original Set/Costume Designer: Linda Leon; Original Lighting Designer: Harry Frehner; Remount Lighting Designer: Alaina Perttula; Additional Costume Design: Elaine Redding; Composer: Donald Quan; Musicians: Bob Doidge, Rick Shadrach Lazar, David R. Maracle; Singer/Songwriters: ElizaBeth Hill, David R. Maracle, Santee Smith, Amos Key Jr.; Singers: Faron Johns, Semiah Smith, Ol’Mush Singers; Stage Manager: Alaina Perttula.

About Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT): KDT is one of Canada’s leading contemporary dance companies, recognized for its seamless fusing of indigenous and contemporary dance into a compelling signature choreographic vision. Internationally renowned for artistic excellence, innovation, and collaboration, KDT electrifies audiences from Canada and around the globe. KDT was founded by Artistic Director Santee Smith, a leading Canadian choreographer "her highly charged, traditional/contemporary/ballet fusion eats up the stage" (Globe and Mail). Their vision is to be a dynamic force in contemporary dance in Canada, a centre for creativity, innovation, artistry, and Aboriginal expression that reflects, honours, and celebrates culture.

Written by Drew Hayden Taylor
Produced by Kaha:wi Dance Theatre
Co-production by The Banff Centre
Created by Artistic Director/Choreographer/Performer: Santee Smith
On the Mainstage | Oct. 16-24, 2013
Recommended for Grades 1-5 | Ages 6 & Up
Performances: Oct. 16 & 17 @ 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM
| Oct. 18 at 10:30 AM | Sat. & Sun. at 2:00 PM | Oct. 22-24 @ 10:30 AM & 1:00 PM | Full performance schedule at www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca/shows-tickets/a-story-before-time/#calendar.

Young People’s Theatre | 165 Front Street East, Toronto
Tickets: $15-$24 + HST & service charges | Online: www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca
Box Office: 416.862.2222 | For more information visit www.youngpeoplestheatre.ca

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