SPECIAL PRESENTATION OF GOING HOME STAR - TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION AT PLANET INDIGENUS
Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet performs at indigenous arts festival in Toronto
Sophia Lee Photo by Réjean Brandt Photography Winnipeg, MB (August 5, 2015) - Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet will be performing an excerpt from Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation at Planet IndigenUS in Toronto, Ontario. This 10-day international, multidisciplinary arts festival begins this weekend and features more than 300 Canadian and international artists. It is the largest indigenous arts festival of its kind and is attended by over 700,000 people. Planet IndigenUS is an event that attempts to dispel the myths and stereotypes surrounding Aboriginal cultures in Canada and around the world.The RWB is proud to presentGoing Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation in support of the festival’s mission to bring awareness and foster a cross-cultural dialogue on reconciliation between Canadians.
Choreographed by Mark Godden, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation was made possible through a collaboration with acclaimed author Joseph Boyden, associate producer Tina Keeper, and with the guidance of theTruth and Reconciliation Commission and members of the Aboriginal community, Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation is a representation of the many stories, both told and untold, by Indian residential school survivors and their families. The ballet explores the world of Annie, a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. Annie feels strangely disconnected within her superficial loop. But when she meets Gordon, a longhaired trickster disguised as a homeless man, she’s propelled into a world she’s always sensed but never seen. Together, they travel the streets of this world but also the roads of their ancestors. Gordon shares with Annie the story of Charlie, Niska and the dark past of the Residential Schools. Together, both Annie and Gordon learn that without truth, there is no reconciliation.
“Creating this ballet transformed the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an organization,” shares André Lewis, RWB’s Artistic Director. “Our experience went beyond a creation of a new ballet. It ultimately became our artistic expression of reconciliation which we would like to be able to share with everyone.”
The unique soundtrack was created by composer Christos Hatzis and features Polaris award winner Tanya Tagaq,Steve Wood & The Northern Cree Singers and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Costumes were designed byPaul Daigle, with original set designed by artist KC Adams. The show was inspired by the late Elder Mary Richard.
The full length production will be performed on across-Canada tour in early 2016 with stops in Ottawa (January 28-30), Kingston (Feb 2), Burlington (Feb 4), Toronto (Feb 5-6), Brandon (March 21), Regina (March 22), Saskatoon (March 23), Banff (March 26), Kelowna (March 29-30), Victoria (April 1-2), Nanaimo (April 4-5) and Vancouver (April 7-9). For tour and ticket information, please visit rwb.org
About Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Founded in 1939, Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet holds the double distinction of being Canada’s premiere ballet company and one of the oldest ballet companies in North America. Versatility, technical excellence and a captivating style are the trademarks of Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet, qualities that have garnered both critical and audience acclaim. RWB’s superlative standards keep the Company in demand around the globe as it presents more than 150 performances every season across Canada and in the United States, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Russia, Japan, Asia and Mexico.
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