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Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation
February 5, 2016 - February 6, 2016
Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, cited as quite possibly “the most important work produced by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in its 75-year history” (Holly Harris, Winnipeg Free Press), embarks on a national tour in 2016 with performances across the country (January – April) including a stop in Toronto for two performances on February 5 and 6, 2016.
Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, produced with the support of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), is a choreographic representation of the many stories, both told and still unraveling, by Indian Residential School Survivors and their families. The creative team that brought this story to life includes renowned choreographer Mark Godden, Canadian novelist and TRC Honourary Witness Joseph Boyden, Cree actor, former Member of Parliament, and TRC Honourary Witness Tina Keeper, Juno Award-winning composer Christos Hatzis, and Polaris Prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
Annie is a young, urban First Nations woman adrift in a contemporary life of youthful excess. She feels strangely disconnected. Gordon is a homeless First Nations man who escaped the Residential School system. He possesses the magic and power of the trickster. Gordon becomes Annie’s guide and begins to show her his devastating story of the Residential Schools. Propelled into the past, Annie realizes she shares Gordon’s burden, and those of her people, and prepares for her new destiny as healer. Gordon feels deeply the damage that has been done and the anger he carries inside. But the “going home star” is clear in the sky and Annie and Gordon both learn that without truth, even the most hateful truth, there is no reconciliation.
Commissioned by Canada’s Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) and Artistic Director André Lewis, Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation triumphantly opened RWB’s 75th season in October 2014. “Creating this ballet transformed the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as an organization,” shares Lewis. “Our experience went beyond the creation of a new ballet. It ultimately became our artistic expression of reconciliation which we would like to be able to share with everyone.” Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation is presented in memory of the late Elder Mary Richard (Ah Kha Ko cheesh) who inspired the RWB.
Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 7:30pm and Saturday, February 6, 2016 @ 8pm