Kakwitè:ne nikahá:wi: A Call and Response to Spring is an outdoor film projection lighting up the heart of Tkaronto/Toronto. The film is a tribute to the season featuring eight artistic performances. Ranging from music to dance to fashion, the performances are shown in a 29-minute film that is projected outdoors on the westside of Meridian Hall. This free event invites everyone to see, listen, and respond.
Kakwitè:ne nikahá:wi pronounced as: Ga-Gweet-day-nay / Knee-Ga-Ha-Wee translates from Kanyen’kéha to mean “the transition time when we recycle.”
JDT’s contemporary exploration of A New Birth is inspired by the rituals and symbolism of Norooz, celebrated for over 3000 years rooted in Zoroastrianism.
Kakwitè:ne nikahá:wi Concept & Direction – Santee Smith
Animation & Projection Design – Emma Lopez & Pedro Narvaez, AVA Animation and Visual Arts
Videography – Shane Powless
Music Direction, Composition & Arrangement – Adrian DionHarjo
Projection – Bespoke Audio Visual
A New Birth Concept & Direction – Roshanak Jaberi
Created with & Performed by – Irma Villafuerte, Nickeshia Garrick, Victoria Mata
Costumes – Cheryl Lalonde
Photo – Vladimir Kanic
March 19-26, 2022
Canada Council for the Arts