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Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North


Friday, January 15 - Sunday, January 17

The Public: Newman Theater


Running time: 70 minutes

Postshow discussion: Saturday, January 16

In this live concert with film, Inuit throat singer and tour-de-force vocalist Tanya Tagaq creates a mesmerizing, improvisatory soundscape for the controversial silent film Nanook of the North.

Robert J. Flanerty's 1922 film chronicled a year in the life of Inuit Nanook and his family in the vivid, harsh landscape near the Arctic Circle. Widely acknowledged as having paved the way for the modern documentary, the film also drew controversy for its clichéd and sometimes fictional images. Along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, Tagaq reclaims—through explosive sound—this portrayal of an early 20th century Inuit community in Northern Quebec.

Polaris Prize-winning Tanya Tagaq, known for her work with Björk and the Kronos Quartet, is a genre unto herself. Rooted in tradition, her unique vocal style also aligns with avant-garde improvisation, metal, and electronica influences.

Tanya Tagaq in Concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox as part of its film retrospective First Peoples Cinema: 1500 Nations, One Tradition. Nanook of the North film is used courtesy of The Flaherty.

Exclusive management for Tanya Tagaq: Helen Britton, Six Shooter Records.
Exclusive US representation: Sue Bernstein, Bernstein Artists Inc.