Sign up for our new ICE Immersion workshop in Tepoztlan, Mexico

Inviting the land to shape and move us

An interdisciplinary arts exchange exploring land and site based creation with a focus on performance and design.

An ICE Immersion Workshop with award-winning artist Santee Smith

Dates: April 22- 27, 2019


A unique international immersive experience

Facilitated by artist Santee Smith (Mohawk Nation, Six Nations, Canada) - the Exchange is about process - it’s exploratory, collaborative and presentational. It is a safe forum to ask questions, challenge one’s own creative process and explore uncharted artistic territory; explore inner and outer landscapes; to play and reflect.

Local and international artists will unite on ancient and energetic charged lands of Tepoztlán to be inspired, to exchange, to create and dialogue about the creative process connected to ecology. A destination Exchange supports a communal experience, as participants live together for the week. Living and working closely together supports increase dialogue, collaborative time and overall focus. Without our daily distractions, it’s a time for reflection and growth. Other areas for land/site exploration include: the town of Tepoztlán, in the State of Morelos, El Tepozteco National Park, Tepozteco Hill, the pyramid of 33 feet was built 800 years ago and Chichinautzin mountain range.

Participants will explore ways of activating and responding to our inter-dependency to the land, re-connect to cultural memory, create works generated from the body, land and place.

The Exchange includes: land and site-based research and creation, exercises of active listening, embodied acknowledgment and responding to spirit of place. The week culminates with group and individual presentations of Exchange creations.  

Registration is open to:

-   Pre-professional and professional dancers, actors and performance artists

-   Experienced or emerging choreographers

-   Theatre/Film directors and devisors

-   Vocalists, musicians

-   Interdisciplinary artists: visual artists, installation artists, multi-media artists, photographers, etc. 

-   Performance Studies researchers

Santee Smith, Artistic Director Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Santee Smith, Artistic Director Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

Work with Santee Smith

Santee Smith is a pottery designer, performer, choreographer, artistic director and producer from Six Nations of the Grand River territory. At the young age of 2 years old, Santee was creating her own dances and after an injury that left her with two broken legs, she went on to complete 6 years of formal dance training at Canada’s National Ballet School. After leaving the National Ballet School Santee went onto post-secondary education completing Physical Education and Psychology degrees from McMaster University and then received her Master of Arts in Dance from York University. It was while she was working on her Masters that she completed her first major choreographic work entitled Kaha:wi based on her family creation story. In 2005, Santee Smith founded Kaha:wi Dance Theatre (KDT) which she would grow into an internationally renowned company sharing Indigenous artistic voice globally. Her body of work includes 12 full productions and over 9 short performance works. Santee has received many nominations and awards for her artistry, some of which include: Ontario Arts Council’s K.M. Hunter Award for Dance, Canada Council for the Art’s Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for most outstanding mid-career artists in dance, John Hobday Award for outstanding achievement in arts management, Hamilton Music Award for Kaha:wi the soundtrack, and a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding Choreography in the Dance for Susuriwka – willow bridge.