Combining Mask Dancing and Throat Singing,
Celebrated Inuit Artists Reclaim Indigenous Women’s Stories
“Tanya and I have known and respected each other for many years,” says Williamson Bathory. “Once we started performing together, we realized how much we sink and fly through the same realms of consciousness to create performance – her through her voice and me through my mask dancing. It is an incredible experience to perform together: we are unique from one another and heighten one another at the same time.”
Born in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in 1975, Tanya Tagaq is a critically-acclaimed throat singer, experimental musician, and a member of the Order of Canada. She achieved massive international recognition for her melding of Inuit throat singing techniques and modern dance beats. Called a ‘polar punk’, Tagaq first took up throat singing while studying visual arts at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Traditionally practiced as a duet, Tagaq honed her own new methods of contemporary throat singing and experimental vocals as a soloist. This distinct and otherwordly vocal style caught the attention of Icelandic sensation Björk, who then invited the groundbreaking artist on tour.
Described by The Guardian as “passionate and always extraordinary,” Tagaq is the proud recipient of two Juno Awards and a Canadian Aboriginal Music Award. In 2014, she picked up the prestigious Polaris Music Prize for ‘Album of the Year’ with her record Animism, for which she was nominated amongst international superstars Drake and Arcade Fire. In 2015, her follow up album Retribution was also nominated for the Polaris Prize. This politically-charged record confronts topics such as climate change and the treatment of Indigenous communities. Williamson Bathory made a haunting appearance in the music video for the title track. Both artists have also collaborated in co-hosting workshops on topics centred around feminism.
For this series of three performances at the Chan Centre, Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory will be joined onstage by vocalist Christine Duncan, percussionist Jean Martin, and violinist Jesse Zubot.
About the Beyond Words series
The Chan Centre’s Beyond Words series was launched in 2012 to explore the power of storytelling through performance as an agent of change and means of igniting conversation. Previous events have included sold-out engagements with John K. Samson, Brendan McLeod, Shane Koyczan, Ivan Coyote, and Chicago-based performance collective Manual Cinema. Up next in the series is a sold-out performance by avant garde multimedia artist Laurie Anderson.
About The Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC (chancentre.com)
Since 1997, the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in UBC’s Arts & Culture District has earned an international reputation for its striking design, stellar acoustics, and exceptional programming. Artists, critics, and patrons alike are unanimous in their praise of the facility, winning it a place among North America’s premier performing arts venues. The Chan Centre boasts three unique venues: the superb Chan Shun Concert Hall, the dramatic Telus Studio Theatre, and the intimate Royal Bank Cinema. From classical, jazz, theatre, and opera to world music, the Chan Centre is a vital part of UBC campus life where artistic and academic disciplines merge to inspire new perspectives on life and culture. Past performers and guest speakers include: Wynton Marsalis, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Renée Fleming, Dan Savage, Yo-Yo Ma, Buena Vista Social Club, Sigur Rós, Mavis Staples, Anoushka Shankar, Trombone Shorty, Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock. This season the Chan Centre is celebrating two decades of world-class performance. Visit the 20th anniversary archives at chancentre.com for memorable stories and never-before-seen photos from the past twenty years.
|LISTING INFORMATION||Chan Centre presents:
Tanya Tagaq and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
|Dates:||March 16 – 18, 2018 at 7:30pm|
|Address:||Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
University of British Columbia
6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1
|Box Office:||604-822-2697 / chancentre.com
In person at the Chan Centre ticket office