WORLD PREMIERE CO-COMMISSIONED WITH OPERA ON THE AVALON
Music by Dean Burry | Libretto by Yvette Nolan
Featuring: Marion Newman as Shanawdithit
A new opera centered on the story of Shanawdithit (1801-1829), the last recorded surviving member of the Beothuk Nation in Newfoundland, and the extinction and erasure of her people. In 1829, Shanawdithit is taken in by William Cormack, a self-styled exploreer who is fascinated by Shanadwithit’s people. In the last months of her life, she created a series of coded drawings that speak of the loneliness of survival and lost history. Collaboratively interpreted by Indigenous artists from across Canada, these drawings ask us to acknowledge the ways that stories are told, who gets to tell them, and how they are heard.