TransMigration is a visually raw and engaging story inspired by the life and paintings of iconic Ojibwe shaman-artist Norval Morrisseau, known as the Picasso of the North. With stunning costumes evoking Morrisseau’s visual language throughout, TransMigration melds traditional and contemporary dance, design and music, weaving a narrative that lives between reality and dreamscapes.

The show’s score features indigenous musicians who are pushing boundaries in the same fashion that Norval did with his work, featuring music by A Tribe Called Red, Tanya Tagaq, Black Bear Singers, Barbara Croall and many more.

Inspired by Morrisseau’s display of vibrant colours and bold imagery, like many great artists, he lived as intensely as the images depicted in his paintings. His serpents that called from the underworld were tangible as was his own transformation into Thunderbird and Shaman. Like other founding indigenous contemporary artists, his work was a means to express identity, to reclaim strength, beauty and healing in a post-colonial world. TransMigration dips into the brutal realities of life in the streets, homelessness, alcoholism and aftermath of residential school. A survivor, Morrisseau’s themes and imagery are a gateway from the mundane to the sacred. TransMigration celebrates the life of the “artist” as today’s storytellers and modern mythmakers.

Kaha:wi Dance Theatre

MATURE CONTENT: TransMigration dips into the brutal realities of life in the streets, homelessness, alcoholism and aftermath of residential school. Discretion is advised.

 

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