Royal Winnipeg Ballet releases Going Home Star CD

If you loved the music for the RWB’s Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation, you’ll be happy to hear the original score is now available on CD and through iTunes.

Composer Christos Hatzis’ ballet score pairs internationally renowned Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq with the haunting Cree songs of Steve Wood, the Northern Cree Singers, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, led by Tadeusz Biernacki. Based on a story by Joseph Boyden, the ballet tells the story of the infamous Indian Residential Schools of Canada while speaking to the universal issues of cultural identity.

Hatzis’s score contains elements of traditional ballet, swing-era jazz, disco dance music, dub-step and scratch DJ mixes.

“Mark (Godden) and I researched a great number of Aboriginal musicians as potential collaborators for our project,” says Hatzis. “Tanya Tagaq and The Northern Cree Singers easily stood out, not only for their great artistry but also for their ability to address and transcend the cultural particular and speak to the universal.”

Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation will soon tour Canada, including stops in Ottawa (January 28-30), Kingston (February 2), Burlington (February 43), Toronto (February 5-6), Brandon (March 21), Regina (March 22), Saskatoon (March 23), Banff (March 26), Kelowna (March 29-30), Victoria (April 1-2), Nanaimo (April 4-5) and Vancouver (April 7-9).

“The story behind Going Home Star – Truth and Reconciliation takes us through heart-wrenching paths but also leaves us hopeful,” says André Lewis, RWB Artistic Director. “Christos has been able to create music that connects to the story and takes audiences to a contemplative and emotional journey.”

The original soundtrack is available online on iTunes and Amazon.

– MyToba News