Can a ballet heal a nation...still haunted by the legacy of residential schools?
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The Royal Winnipeg Ballet has brought together a renowned team of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal writers,
choreographers and composers to create what may be the most challenging commission of their lives. A ballet that tells the story of the Aboriginal experience in Canada's residential schools. The documentary, "Truth Dance and Reconciliation" will follow the creation of the ballet, from the first creative meeting to its world premiere in Winnipeg in 2014. Interwoven will be the testimonies of residential school survivors who as children were banned from speaking their language and practicing their culture, including traditional dances.
Director Barbara Hager has exclusive access to the ballet's creative team (author Joseph Boyden, composer
Christos Hatzis, choreographer Mark Godden, musician Steve Wood and singer Tanya Tagaq) as they come together to create a performance that is both true to its European dance form and respectful of the people and history it represents.