The world’s first Cree opera, Tomson Highway’s Pimooteewin: The Journey, is set to hit the road for northern Ontario with more than 35 dancers, singers and musicians.
The show debuted last February in Toronto and will be making its way to towns like Timmins, Iroquois Falls, Kapuskasing, Cochrane, Moosonee and Moose Factory.
Director and choreographer Michael Greyeyes told the CBC that the show is expected to appeal to smaller communities where Natives and non-Natives live alongside each other.
Inspired by North American Native mythology, Pimooteewin tells the story of Trickster and the Eagle who end up talking about the friends they have lost and miss. The story follows Trickster and Eagle as they journey across the river to a magic island where the Spirits of the Dead dance every night in the moonlight. Their plans go awry when the two attempt to bring back their friends in a magical basket and they escape.
This will be the first time that the show has been performed since it debuted.
Tickets range from $10-$20 and more information on can be found on the Sound Stream website: www.soundstreams.ca/our_events/detail.php?id=64