Paper Canoe Projects and Cahoots Theatre–I Call Myself Princess

    September 29, 2018 @ 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm America/Toronto Timezone
    Native Earth Performing Arts & Aki Studio
    585 Dundas St E #250, Toronto, ON M5A 2B7

    in association with NATIVE EARTH PERFORMING ARTS

    When William, a modern-day Métis music student, is handed a 1918 opera about Creek/Cherokee Mezzo Soprano Tsianina Redfeather, he learns more than just an aria as he begins to unravel the complex circumstances faced by Indigenous performers past and present.

    Seen and Unseen worlds collide as Tsianina appears to William, the two learning from each other as he makes a decision about his future as an artist. Combining drama, biography, and contemporary opera, this interdisciplinary work explores the tension between representation, inspiration and cultural appropriation.

    I Call myself Princess is inspired by and features music from, Shanewis: The Robin Woman, the real opera about Tsianina Redfeather composed by her creative partner Charles Wakefield Cadman, an American composer in the early 1900’s who was part of a musical movement using Indigenous music to create a distinct North American musical identity.

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    Written by Jani Lauzon
    Directed by Marjorie Chan
    Musical Director Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate

    Associate Director Keith Barker
    Set & Props Design by Christine Urquhart
    Lighting Design by Kaitlin Hickey
    Costume Design by Snezana Pesic
    Sound Design by Marc Merilainen
    Stage Management by Laura Baxter

    Performed by Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Howard J. Davis,
    Richard Greenblatt, Marion Newman, Aaron M. Wells