Going Home Star - Truth and Reconciliation

by Liza Mattimore


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) is currently on a cross Canada tour.  And with only two performance dates in Toronto, at the Sony Centre this weekend, you'd better get your tickets fast.  

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.

Choreography by Mark Godden • Based on a story by Joseph Boyden
Music Composed by Christos Hatzis. performed by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and
featuring the music of Tanya Tagaq and Steve Wood and the Northern Cree Singers
Costume Design by Paul Daigle • Set Design by KC Adams
Lighting Design by Pierre Lavoie • Projection Design by Sean Nieuwenhuis

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