The Unsilent Project is a separate and discrete component of our Edges of Canada tour. The piece will have its own distinct creative team, but will be designed to augment and blend seamlessly with the orchestra's classical repertoire.
Developed in a series of workshops and rehearsals over the last year, Signal Theatre Artistic Director Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree) will co-direct this live performance with playwright, actor, and emerging director Falen Johnson (Mohawk). Centered around the poetry of the late Piikani Blackfoot spoken-word artist Zaccheus Jackson, the piece brings Indigenous creation protocols and ways of knowing into intersection with the classical music processes of NYO Canada.
Composers Juliet Palmer and Ian Cusson (Métis) will collaborate with the two directors, a cinematographer, and four spoken word artists to create a performance piece that celebrates the themese that Jackson devoted much of his Poetry to - healing, empowerment, and hope. The inspiration for this project comes from the Truth and Reconcilation Commission, which asserts that there can be no reconciliation until we ALL work together.