June 22, 2017

Voice of a Nation

The program will include the following works:

Orchestral Songs on poems of Cree/Métis poet Marilyn Dumont by Métis & French-Canadian composer Ian Cusson, sung by Métis Canadian Mezzo-Soprano Rebecca Cuddy. The work will celebrate the Canadian experience from a First Nation’s lens within the context of a largely European form, the orchestral song.

 L’histoire du soldat by Igor Stravinsky, re-imagined by First Nations Choreographer Aria Evans through a truly Canadian lens. Distilling traits of the Trickster, this piece explores the motif of shape-shifting in terms of contemporary curated identities. The dance work will be performed live during the concert with three dancers.

Perspectives. A 5-minute choral song performed by the Peterborough Children’s Chorus. The lyrics for this work have come from a workshop with youth from varied cultural backgrounds who explored, and made meaningful, their experiences of Canada.

A screening of Twelve will follow the concert. Twelve is a documentary film by local filmmaker Lester Alfonso, which explores the Canadian experience through the voices of twelve diverse subjects, each of whom moved to Canada at age 12, like himself.

In conjunction with the performance, a collaborative Community Engagement Program will be offered through the following events:

In association with the Chanie Wenjack School for Indigenous Studies at Trent, a Canada 150 Panel will engage in conversation about the critical importance of art and performance to the shaping of national identities and the emergence of a post-colonial Canada. DATE: October 10 at 8pm | LOCATION: Showplace Performance Centre, 290 George St N, Peterborough 

As part of the annual lecture series hosted by the Indigenous Studies program at Trent University, in participation with Public Energy and VOAN. Indigenous performance artists, Brian Solomon and Aria Evans, will speak on contemporary dance and curatorial practice. DATE: October 11 at 12pm
LOCATION: Nozhem: First Peoples Performance Space, Enweying Building/Gzowski College Trent University

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