Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light

Harjo wings

Wings of Night Sky, Wings of Morning Light
Thursday, February 2nd and Friday, February 3rd, 8:00-9:30 PM
Sty-Wet-Tan Hall
UBC First Nations Longhouse (Map)
1985 West Mall

This event is free and open to the public.

From musician, poet, and playwright Joy Harjo (Mvskoke) comes a deeply compelling journey of struggle, displacement, self-discovery, and healing. Invoking spoken word, storytelling, and song, Harjo combines character-driven narrative with tales inspired by the traditions of her people-and takes a few turns blowing a mean jazz saxophone.

An allegorical work of tremendous power, Wings demonstrates how theater and art
can bring life full circle.

This unique and genre-bending one-woman play features Harjo’s original music and a score that has been pushed and molded by Grammy award–winning record producer Larry Mitchell, who recently produced Harjo’s Winding Through the Milky Way album.

Many of the songs are woven throughout the play. “Among Larry’s many gifts,” says Randy Reinholz,
Artistic Director of Native Voices and Wings director, “is that he reaches into the story with the music and transports the action in amazing and unusual ways. I think the wide range of sounds he and Joy create together lifts Wings to the point of flight. “Wings is at the heart of theater—it is a heightened ceremony, a broad intersection of art forms, an intimate act that celebrates the beauty and investigates the inherent paradoxes of the human condition. Joy is fearless, bringing all of her many talents to bear in this tour- de-force performance,” continues Reinholz.

Wings was workshopped and performed as a staged reading at the Public Theater’s 2007 Native Theater
Festival in New York. Since then, it has received additional workshops in San Diego, Los Angeles, New Mexico, and Hawaii, and a staged reading with Native Voices at the Autry in Los Angeles.

Visit Joy Harjo’s site for more on this play.

For more information, contact:
First Nations House of Learning

a place of mind, The University of British Columbia

First Nations House of Learning
1985 West Mall,
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, CA
Tel: 604-822-8940

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