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National Arts Centre Orchestra

Wed, Mar 6, 20197:30 pm
Doors open
Lobby doors open 6:30pm, House Doors open 7:00pm
Performance Hall
General Public $39 - Faculty/Staff - $32 - Students $16
Ka'tarohkwi Festival of Indigenous Arts
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    Tamya Tanaq




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Alexander Shelley, Conductor
Monique Mojica, Narrator
Tanya Tagaq, vocalist
Christine Duncan, improvisation leader

She used to say writing was her therapy. She had a lot of painful memories and she had to get them out. She became a writer because she wasn’t allowed to write. The more they tried to break her will, the more she went her own way.” - Ann Joe, Daughter of Mi’kmawelder and poet Rita Joe, C.M.

The National Arts Centre Orchestra’s performance piece, I Lost My Talk, is based on the poem of the same name
by Rita Joe. She penned her poem to express not only the pain and suffering she experienced at Schubenacadie
Residential School in Nova Scotia, but also her hope and conviction that her words could guide and inspire Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples across Canada in journeying to a place of strength and healing.

The orchestra performs John Estasio’s score to a film shot on the shores of Georgian Bay. The film features 10 First Nations dancers moving in choreography created by Santee Smith Tekaronhiáhkhwa. Rita Joe’s poem is narrated by Guna and Rappahannock actor Monique Mojica.

Discover the creative genius of Canadian throat singer Tanya Tagaq, winner of the 2014 Polaris Music Prize, in the performance of Qiksaaktuq where she improvises the lament for murdered and missing Indigenous women.

We thank the creative team of I Lost My Talk:the National Arts Centre Orchestra for commissioning and producing I Lost My Talk as part of the Life Reflected project, Mi'kmawelder and poet Rita Joe, C.M., composer John Estacio, choreographer Santee Smith Tekaronhiáhkhwaand the dancers of Kaha:wi Dance Theatre, narrator Gunaand Rappahannock actor Monique Mojica, filmmaker Barbara Sweete, visual designers Normal, and the whole creative team behind Life Reflected at the National Arts Centre.

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