Ordway Center for the Performing Arts and Walker Art Center Co-Present
Inuit Throat Singer Tanya Tagaq
Friday, April 20 at the Ordway
Community meet-and-greet to be held April 18
“She taps into humanity’s most naked emotions and forces them into the spotlight… the best musical performance any of us had ever seen.”
~ Vice Magazine
Celebrated Inuk performer Tanya Tagaq employs exquisite, unnerving vocal improvisations that bridge traditional roots with contemporary culture. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “one of today’s most electric, transfixing performers in any genre,” the Arctic-born artist will perform at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 20. Tanya Tagaq: Retribution is a co-presentation of the Ordway and Walker Art Center, in association with the Cedar Cultural Center. Tickets start at $27 and can be purchased online at www.ordway.org, by phone at 651-224-4222 or in person at the Ordway ticket office.
A community meet-and-greet to welcome Tagaq will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18 at Two Rivers Gallery, 1530 E. Franklin Ave. in Minneapolis. This event is produced in collaboration with Two Rivers Gallery’s exhibition of The REDress and Monumental Quilt Projects to bring awareness to the issues of missing and murdered Indigenous women and human sex trafficking. Tagaq’s music and advocacy efforts also focus on these urgent issues.
The inter-disciplinary concert will be a re-creation of Retribution, an even more musically aggressive, more aggressively political work than her earlier album Animism that landed on many of the 2016’s ‘best of’ lists, with Fader calling it “one of the most stunning records you’ll hear this year, or maybe ever.” The performance will feature a community choir composed of local indigenous people directed by vocal chameleon Christine Duncan, music director of the Toronto-based Element Choir, “the world’s leading structured-improvisation choral group” (Musicworks). They will be joined on stage by Tagaq’s regular collaborators drummer Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot in a boundary-pushing exploration of tone, timbre, texture and the outer limits of human expression.
Tagaq was recently named to the Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest honors. She was the recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polaris Music Prize in 2014 for Animism, and has been touring and collaborating with an international circle of artists for over a decade. Her improvisational approach lends itself to collaboration across genres, and recent projects have pulled her in vastly different directions – from a collaboration with the Toronto-based hardcore band F**ked Up to premiering a new composition commissioned by Kronos Quartet for their Fifty for the Future collection.
Tagaq’s music and performances challenge static ideas of genre and culture, and contend with themes of environmentalism, human rights, and post-colonial issues. In repeated interviews, Tagaq has stressed the importance of considering her work in the context of contemporary – not traditional – art. This statement is not just about sound, although her music is decidedly modern and technically intricate, but about widespread, deep-rooted assumptions about contemporary indigenous culture.
Tagaq’s Ordway concert is a culmination of a season-long community residency led by Native and Indigenous Twin Cities leaders in collaboration with Ordway staff with support from the Walker Art Center. In addition to organizing and advising on engagements, the group is also coordinating the choir for Tagaq’s program. Key organizations and individuals involved include Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho and Kickapoo), Christal Moose (Mille lacs Band of Ojibwe), Lonna Hunter (Tlingit/Dakota), Two Rivers Gallery, Ikidowin Youth Theater Ensemble and Ogitchidakwe Hand Drum Singers.
The performance is part of the Ordway’s Music & Movement Series, sponsored by Target, with generous support provided by the Scrooby Foundation. For tickets and more information, visit www.ordway.org.
ABOUT ORDWAY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
For over 30 years, Ordway Center for Performing Arts has been telling stories that exemplify the human experience. Our stages have been a dramatic canvas for artists to create worlds of love and loss, hope and despair, war and peace, victory and defeat. Audiences have been transported to exotic locations, met iconic characters, and embarked on exhilarating adventures. Recognized as one of the U.S.’s leading not-for-profit performing arts centers, the Ordway presents and produces a wide variety of performances throughout the year that encompass the finest in musical theater, concerts, dance and vocal artists. In addition, each year the Ordway presents its Flint Hills Family Festival and serves over 62,000 children through its education programs. The performing arts center houses a 1,900 seat Music Theater, a 1,100 seat Concert Hall, two large rehearsal halls and magnificent lobbies. The Ordway is a proud member of the Arts Partnership, a collaboration comprising the Minnesota Opera, the Ordway, The Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and Schubert Club. For more information, visit ordway.org.
ABOUT WALKER ART CENTER PERFORMING ARTS PROGRAM HISTORY
A catalyst for the creative expression of artists and the active engagement of audiences, the Walker Art Center examines the questions that shape and inspire us as individuals, cultures, and communities. Established in 1927 as the Walker Art Gallery, in 1940 it adopted a new name and focused on modern and contemporary art exhibitions as well as screenings, performances and public programs. Today the Walker is one of the top-five most visited modern and contemporary art centers in the U.S. Multidisciplinary in focus, it is equally committed to advancing artistic innovation and interdisciplinary scholarship as it is with increasing access to lifelong learning in the arts. Its campus includes the highly acclaimed Herzog & de Meuron designed 385-seat McGuire Theater – home to one of the nation’s largest contemporary performance programs. The Walker is respected nationally and internationally as a groundbreaking leader in contemporary performing art presentations, residencies, and commissions.
Led by Senior Curator Philip Bither since 1997, the Walker’s Performing Arts program under his tenure has been defined by its commitment to the increasingly blurred lines between artistic disciplines, including contemporary dance, new music-theatre, performance art, experimental theatre, avant-jazz, contemporary classical music, new global sounds and alternative rock and pop. Through its endeavors, the Walker has earned an international reputation as “one of America’s foremost experimental art spaces” (The Guardian).
Tanya Tagaq: Retribution
Friday, April 20
Tickets start at $27 (subject to change)
ORDWAY LOBBY INSTALLATION
Friday, April 20, opens at 6:30 p.m.
Theater Venue & Location:
Ordway Concert Hall
Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
345 Washington Street
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55102
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Ticket Office: 651-224-4222