Monday, April 19, 2010

Giiwedin, a First Nations opera

Down to Theatre Passe Muraille in Toronto this weekend to see a terrific piece of theatre: Native Earth Theatre's production of the opera Giiwedin, by Spy Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan. A full scale opera about the struggle for aboriginal land.

Here, from the program, a theatrical moment I would not have expected to see:
"Noodin-Kwe emerges from her cabin ... and sings to her newly-conceived son about the history of the Royal Proclamation of 1763."
It sounds, well, terrible, but it surely is not. Fine operatic singing and presentation, brilliant music too. Giiwedin is playing in Toronto to April 24 -- details here. A review in Now here. See it if you can.

(Photo: Marion Newman as Noodin-Kwe and Jesse Clark as the Indian Agent, from Now.)
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