The full title of this Royal Winnipeg Ballet production is Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation. It’s being presented at Conexus Arts Centre on Tuesday March 22 with curtain at 7:30 p.m.
In Canada’s current political climate, the term “Truth and Reconciliation” is linked inextricably with the recent commission of inquiry that was held into the history of residential schools in our country. And that’s precisely what this ballet is about.
Choreographed by Mark Godden, and based on a story by Joseph Boyden, with music by Christos Hatzis, Going Home Star features a young indigenous woman named Annie who is somewhat adrift in the contemporary urban world. At some point, she meets a trickster disguised as a homeless man who provides guidance in exploring her cultural heritage.