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The Mush Hole
Created by Santee Smith
Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

The Mush Hole is a theatrical dance performance about truths of Canadas first Indian residential school - The Mohawk Institute. From 1828-1970, State and Church attempted to forcefully assimilate children from Six Nations and surrounding First Nations into Euro-Christian society and sever the continuity of culture from parent to child. The Mush Hole weaves through the traumatic memories of two generations of Survivors. Visceral performances by an all Indigenous cast, cinematic imagery and musical score, catapult audiences into the bricks and mortar of the school. Created from Survivors testimonials, it is a story about hope and finding light in dark places.

The Mush Hole reflects the realities of the Mohawk Institute residential school experience and offers a way to open dialogue and to heal, through acknowledgment and honouring the spirit of Survivors and families that were impacted. Santee Smith The Mush Hole Content Advisory

This production is a theatrical portrayal of the environment and experiences at the Mohawk Institute Canada's first Residential School. The performance contains depictions of physical, sexual abuse, drinking of alcohol and emotional trauma. An herbal cigarette is briefly lit on stage.

A brief talkback with the company will immediately follow the performance.

Content Advisory

Recommended for ages 13+

Patrons are encouraged to review expanded details about The Mush Hole in the online companion study guide. Co-written by Santee Smith and Marjie Chud, The Mush Hole Study Guide will help audience members to better understand the background, history, themes, and teachings explored in the performance.



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