In this live concert with film, Inuit throat singer and tour-de-force vocalist Tanya Tagaq creates a mesmerizing, improvisatory soundscape for the controversial silent film Nanook of the North.
Robert J. Flanerty's 1922 film chronicled a year in the life of Inuit Nanook and his family in the vivid, harsh landscape near the Arctic Circle. Widely acknowledged as having paved the way for the modern documentary, the film also drew controversy for its clichéd and sometimes fictional images. Along with percussionist Jean Martin and violinist Jesse Zubot, Tagaq reclaims—through explosive sound—this portrayal of an early 20th century Inuit community in Northern Quebec.
A Production of The Public Theater's 2016 Under the Radar Festival.