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  • Canadian Opera Company 227 Front Street East Toronto, ON, M5A 1E8 Canada (map)

Canada’s residential school system is not in the past; its impact is woven throughout our country’s present. Until we face its legacy together, its long shadows will haunt and divide us. Bearing proposes that we address our history collectively and examines the Indigenous notion that time is circular—and that the trauma of the past is inextricably linked to the present.

A world premiere dance-opera created by co-directors Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree) and Yvette Nolan (Algonquin) and librettist Spy Denommé-Welch (Anishnaabe), Bearing features music performed live by the National Youth Orchestra with some of Toronto’s best professional classical musicians, a custom-built choir, and mezzo soprano Marion Newman (Kwagiulth and Stó:lo). Music by JS Bach, Vivier, and a commissioned work by Dénommé-Welch and Catherine Magowan is combined with percussion and electronics while the performers communicate through dance, music, and spoken word. It’s an ambitious, multi-faceted piece from Signal Theatre featuring some of the most talented and exciting artists of our times.

Earlier Event: June 22
Natural Orders
Later Event: June 23
Breakin' Convention