The Chan Centre’s Beyond Words series launches its 2014/15 season with a collaboration between environmental activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki and Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq.
Cullis-Suzuki and Taqaq unite their individual skills for the first time to explore justice, ecology, and culture, as well as the influence of women and the indigenous ways of protecting and stewarding the earth in a time of overwhelming destruction. Cullis-Suzuki will address these themes through lecture and dialogue, while Taqaq interprets the same themes through a musical performance.
In this week’s #FridayFive, we give you five reasons to take in this exciting new hybrid of entertainment and activism:
1. It is an opportunity to catch Tagaq in her first West Coast performance since beating out Arcade Fire and Drake to win this year’s Polaris Music Prize for her 2014 album, Animism.
2. Yale-educated scientist and activist Severn Cullis-Suzuki – daughter of famed Canadian environmentalist, David Suzuki – is also known as “The Girl Who Silenced the World for Five Minutes” from the viral YouTube clip of her 1992 address at the UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro on behalf of the Environmental Children’s Organization (ECO).
3. Nobody else has ever seen this performance – it represents the very first time these two powerful women have ever joined forces to collaborate.
4. Tagaq will also be joined onstage by her longtime musical partner, JUNO award-winning violinist, Jesse Zubot.
5. The performance takes place in the Chan Centre’s Telus Studio Theatre an intimate, black box theatre-in-the-round that provides an up-close-and-personal experience with the performers throughout the show.
Beyond Words: Tanya Tagaq & Severn Cullis-Suzuki takes place in the Telus Studio Theatre at the Chan Centre (6265 Crescent Rd, UBC) on October 16 & 17. Visit http://chancentre.com for tickets and information.