September 12 – 14

FINDING WOLASTOQ VOICE

By Natalie Sappier

A Theatre New Brunswick production

“This story is about healing, relationships, family and my experiences as a young girl.”

With words and music by New Brunswick Wolastoqiyik artist Natalie Sappier, Finding Wolastoq Voice is a story of awakening and transformation. A young woman is lost and comes to find herself, and the way forward, by opening herself to the voice of her ancestors and the power in her own voice. Toronto-based Indigenous dancer/choreographer Aria Evans interprets the flow and rhythm of Sappier’s words and music. This dance/theatre production, with stunning design and movement, is as powerful as it is elegant.

Sappier is at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous art in New Brunswick. As a painter, musician, a singer and now as a playwright, her work is heavily influenced by her relationship with the land and the waterways that crisscross that province.

“Evans’ grounded movements complement Sappier’s storytelling with a soul-breaking evocativeness that lingers after the show had ended.”
 – My Entertainment World

“Beautiful, painful, haunting, joyful, real. We all came away from it touched, emotional, and so thankful for the experience. We won’t forget it”
 –  Jess Gillis of Mooney on Theatre

Show Times:
Thursday, September 12, 1 PM (School Matinee)
Friday, September 13, 1 PM (School Matinee)
Friday, September 13, 8 PM
Saturday, September 14, 2 PM

Running Time:
Approx.1 hr

FEATURING

Aria Evans

CREATIVES
Playwright: Natalie Sappier
Director: Thomas Morgan Jones
Set and Lighting Designer: Andy Moro
Sound Designer: Michael Doherty
Costume Designer: Sherry Kinnear
Stage Manager: Tammy Faulkner

Production Photos by Matt Carter

ABOUT THE MUSIC
All music was composed and arranged by Samaqani Cocahq except Wolastoq Song, written by Sagatay (Gwen Bear) and performed by Samaqani Cocahq, Judie & Angee Acquin. Mother Earth Song performed by Maggie Paul

ABOUT THEATRE NEW BRUNSWICK

Theatre New Brunswick is one of Canada’s oldest and longest running regional theatre companies. TNB’s mission is to create extraordinary theatre that inspires and entertains our audience while celebrating New Brunswick’s best theatre content and artists; and to provide outstanding theatre training and performance that educates and awakens the imaginations of our youth and emerging artists.

Click  here to visit the TNB website

Suitable for Grades 6 and up

Matinees for School Groups
To book your school group or get ore information, please contact us at 1-902-254-2003 or email us at Admin@shipscompanytheatre.com

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Resources for Educators
To enhance the educational component of our matinees for school groups, Ship’s Company Theatre is pleased to provide resource guides for each presentation.

Finding Wolastoq Voice Program

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