Tanya Tagaq brings Greenlandic Inuit collaboration to Vancouver for three nights


Tanya Tagag and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory will perform at the Chan Centre March
16 – 18, 2018.

Photo: Dustin Rabin

Lauded for their expressive and emotionally-charged performances, Tanya Tagag and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory’s upcoming collaborative performance aims to cast a contemporary light on their shared Inuit roots while celebrating the strength, resilience, and courage of Indigenous women.

The performance will feature a unique synthesis of Tagaq’s traditional Inuit throat singing and Uaajeerneq, a mask dance considered one of the oldest rituals of the Greenlandic Inuit. Traditionally performed during the winter months, Uaajeerneq is meant to provide respite from the cold weather. It often focuses on four main themes – the connection to one’s ancestors, sex, fear, and hilarity.

Fortunately Vancouverites have multiple opportunities to experience this worldly collaboration. Tagaq and Bathory will perform three shows from March 16 – 18 at the Telus Studio Theatre as part of the Chan Centre’s Beyond Words series.

Born in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, in 1975, Tanya Tagaq is a critically-acclaimed throat singer, experimental musician, and a member of the Order of Canada. Known for her transcendent, genre-defying amalgamation of traditional throat singing and contemporary avant-garde music, Tagaq’s music has been celebrated throughout the Canadian music industry and beyond, earning JUNO awards, international critical acclaim and a tour supporting Icelandic sensation Björk.

You can learn more about these performances or purchase tickets HERE.


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