Dialogues: A community engagement program for the new opera “Missing” by Marie Clements
Start date: 1 September, 2017
End date: 31 December, 2017
A series of community conversations, performances, and exhibits around the new opera “Missing” will explore the intersection of classical music and indigenous culture and illuminate the role of art in advancing national dialogue and reconciliation.
In November 2017 Pacific Opera Victoria and City Opera Vancouver will present première performances of the opera “Missing” by Métis playwright Marie Clements and Juno-winning composer Brian Current, with a cast of First Nations singers. Set in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and along the Highway of Tears, this opera will give voice, in English and Gitxsan, to the story of Canada's missing and murdered indigenous women.
First Nations advisors and partner organizations will collaborate on a community engagement program that explores the opera’s historic and cultural context, in order to come to terms with the past, share the power of art, and honour the spirit of reconciliation.
Nature of the Project Reach
Communities in Greater Victoria and Southern Vancouver Island.
To explore a new work of Canadian art and illuminate a story that must be shared and understood before we can move on together.
To use art to bridge cultural boundaries, break down barriers, and be a catalyst for change and meaningful reconciliation.
To explore the intersection of classical music and First Nations artistic practice while providing a context to comprehend the past and to honour the power of art and the spirit of reconciliation.
We welcome partnerships with other organizations who are interested in participating and involving their clients and communities in the project.