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Finding Wolastoq Voice (Theatre New Brunswick)March 26, 2018
New Brunswick Indigenous artist Natalie Sappier makes her playwriting debut with Finding Wolastoq Voice, a powerful dance-theatre hybrid performance that explores the personal discovery, identity and culture of a young Wolastoqiyik woman awakened by the voices of her ancestors.
In this solo dance-theatre hybrid performance, Toronto-based dancer/choreographer Aria Evans interprets the flow and rhythm of Sappier’s words and music. The fictional world of Finding Wolatoq Voice is further brought to life by the work of set and lighting design by Andy Moro and sound designer Michael Doherty. Together they create a culturally diverse theatre experience rich in imagination and relevance.
This production marks Theatre New Brunswick’s first time staging new work by a New Brunswick Indigenous playwright. After aiding in the development of the TNB Young Company production The Eighth Fire (2014) as both set designer and story consultant, Sappier began exploring ways to use theatric elements in her own creative process. With enthusiastic support, dramaturgy, and encouragement from TNB artistic director Thomas Morgan Jones, Finding Wolastoq Voice began to take shape in 2015.
Sappier is at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous art in New Brunswick. As a painter, musician, a singer and now as a playwright, her work is heavily influenced by her relationship with the land and the waterways that crisscross our province.