Events and readings

air india [redacted]: silence & longing 30 years since flight 182

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Based on the award-winning book of poetry “children of air india” by Vancouver writer, Renée Sarojini Saklikar, this is an international project with music by Irish composer Jürgen Simpson. air india [redacted] is a multi-layered work featuring Turning Point Ensemble, soprano Zorana Sadiq, baritone Alexander Dobson, countertenor Daniel Cabena and moving images. The result is an innovative theatrical experience of music, voice, poetry and projections that will address multiple issues related to the Air India bombing.”

Showtimes: November 6, 7, 10, and 11th at 8:00 pm, Doors at 7:30 pm
Matinee performance: November 8 at 2:00 pm, Doors at 1:30 pm

Location: Fei & Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, SFU’s Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

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Vancouver Sun: On SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit

Spoke a bit about SFU Woodward’s Cultural Unit and Air India [Redacted] in a recent Vancouver Sun article:

“SFU Woodward’s is about programming and space,” she said. “Once you have the ability to bring people to it, to meet other people and to perform your work and to have space of this quality — that just helps deepen the art.”

Saklikar views the complex as a creative magnet that provides opportunities on many levels for students, artists and the public alike…

Read the full piece here

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In the Rehearsal: day one, singing the archive

At the Wong Theatre, SFU WW: the score is in concert pitch (Jurgen Simpson); the singers are Canadian countertenor Daniel Cabena, bass Alexander Dobson, and soprano Tharanga Goonetilleke (New York) with Vancouver soprano Heather Pawsey and pianst Kinsa, conducted by Owen Underhill, under the direction of Tom Creed.

This is air india [redacted], live and unplugged. And then there’s media artist, John Galvin, with whom I enter, again, the archive: spreading out along the wood benches, Wong Theatre perimeter, my thirty-year collection: frayed newspaper clippings, the smell of old printer’s ink…during afternoon rehearsal, when Tom walks us through Jurgen’s score, I leave the documents in John’s care. Three decades worth of–

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