Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Six Nations/Toronto): <em>The Mush Hole</em>

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (Six Nations/Toronto): The Mush Hole

Market Hall Performing Arts Centre (140 Charlotte St, Peterborough)

Saturday November 2 2019

7:30 pm

The Mush Hole reflects the realities of the Mohawk Institute residential school experience through dance, and offers a way to open dialogue and to heal, through acknowledgement and honouring the spirit of Survivors and families that were impacted. Santee Smith is an award-winning producer and choreographer, whose original work has been seen around the world and featured on film and television. In 2012 her dance work about lacrosse, The Creator’s Game, had its world premiere for a crowd of 3,000 at the Peterborough Memorial Centre during the Ode’min Giizis Festival. Learn more about Kaha:wi Dance Theatre.



The Mush Hole from kahawidance on Vimeo.

Content Advisory:
This production is a theatrical portrayal of the environment and experiences of students at the Mohawk Institute – a Canadian Indian Residential School. The play also depicts the memories and impacts on families and community of other Residential School Survivors. Their experiences include physical abuse, fighting, sexual abuse, emotional trauma, family conflict and substance abuse. Herbal cigarettes are smoked on stage.


SANTEE SMITH / TEKARONHIAHKWA – Performing as #29 / Mabel

RAELYN METCALFE – Performing as #17 / Grace

MONTANA SUMMERS – Performing as #34 / Walter, a.k.a. Wall Eye

JULIANNE BLACKBIRD – Performing as The One Who Got Away / #11

JONATHAN FISHER – Performing as #48 / Ernest


The Mush Hole Study Guide – Young People’s Theatre

The Mush Hole Project – Drew Simpson, The Silhouette

Residential school memories shared – Michelle Ruby, The Brantford Expositor

‘The most abject human misery’: Memories of a residential school survivor – Russ Moses, The Ottawa Citizen

Powerful Mush Hole performance impacts audience – Chezney Martin, Two Row Times


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Main Photo: Ian R Maracle




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  • Canada Council
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  • Ontario Arts Council
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  • City of Peterborough
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