Canoe Theatre Fest: Nanook of the North
Live concert w/ film
USA/France 1922, 79 min, Digital, Dir: Robert J. Flaherty,
  • Thursday January 30, 2014 at 7:30PM

Vocal artist Tanya Tagaq fuses contemporary Inuit throat singing with a live guitar, percussion and recorded throat singing tracks, improvising a live sound scape for a screening of the iconic 1922 film. Nanook of the North is perhaps the most famous (and most infamous) film made about indigenous people and Robert Flaherty’s film is one of the first great “documentaries”. An unforgettable portrait of the traditional life of the Inuit, it also manipulated its subjects, pandering to period stereotypes. Tagaq’s otherworldly singing and Derek Charke’s original score work together to frame the film in a new, contemporary perspective. From Björk, to the Kronos Quartet to Shooglenift, Tanya Tagaq has collaborated with an astonishing range of frontrank global artists. Originally an Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay (Ikaluktuutiak), she has developed her own distinct singing style into a contemporary art form.

FILM REVIEW "The most daring, even contradictory, collaboration of all, perhaps, is the one that brings the Nunavut artist Tanya Tagaq to Edmonton’s Canoe Festival... It pairs the world’s most famously innovative practitioner of the ancient art of Inuk throat-singing with the world’s most famous, and infamous, film about indigenous people: Robert Flaherty’s 1922 silent pseudo-documentary Nanook of the North." Liz Nicholls -Edmonton Journal

Tickets: $35 Adults, $25 Self-identifying Aboriginal peoples /Students / Seniors / Metro Members
Metro passes not accepted

Advance tickets available for sale now through Workshop West.

Rating: General (G)