Why I’m Looking Forward to October 1

“I have two children and I can’t imagine having them taken away from me like that.” Royal Winnipeg Ballet artistic director Andre Lewis is talking about how First Nations children were sent to residential schools across Canada. That experience is the focus of the ballet company’s new work  Going Home Star. The work was inspired by local aboriginal activist and politician Mary Richard who passed away in 2010. According to Lewis it brings together not only the aboriginal and non-aboriginal community in our country but a group of incredibly talented Canadians.  I have tickets for opening night.  I went to hear Andre Lewis give a talk about Going Home Star at the Millenium Library last week and here’s five reasons I’m really excited about the performance

1. I was a North of 60 fan and its star Tina Keeper is one of the producers of Going Home Star.

orenda2. I just finished reading the book The Orenda and its author Joseph Boyden created the storyboard for the ballet. 

3. K.C. Adams whose work I got to know at the Winnipeg Art Gallery’s Winnipeg Now exhibition has designed the sets. I’m an enthusiastic supporter of K.C. Adams current project- a portrait series called ‘Perception.’

4. I’m excited about the music which will be provided by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.

5. I’m going to the ballet with my sister and my cousin and looking forward to spending an evening with them. 

Other related  posts….

The Orenda-I Want to Believe People Are Good

We Are Sorry- Here and Down Under

Residential Schools -The Hiroshima of the Indian Nations

Dave’s Vision Quest

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