Back in 2011, when the Truth and Reconciliation Commission asked Xara to take part in its Atlantic National Event, I had no idea that the small piece we would create could lead to six years of collaboration, almost 40 performances, and a total audience of almost 20,000. As artistic director of this organization, I couldn't be more humbled and proud to be part of the ongoing work of our show, Fatty Legs.
From October 29 to November 8, 2017 a team of 14 singers (who form the new professional touring choir of Xara!), one dancer, one narrator, a lighting designer, a choreographer, a stage manager and I, Xara's conductor, headed to Ontario for our first out-of-region tour. Click or hover over each image in this slide show to learn more about our adventures and the important work we did over those ten days! (You might also want to take a look at the bottom of this post to see the amazing people who made this happen.)
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THE FATTY LEGS TEAM:
Anishinaabe dancer and activist who danced the role of Margaret
Mi'kmaw poet laureate of Halifax, educator, and activist who narrated Margaret's story
Singers of Xara's new fully professional touring choir
Artistic Director and conductor of Xara
Choreographer of Xara
Jessica Mailhiot & Erin Taylor
Tour Admin Support
Photos by Selena Mills, Dean Ellis, plus a few shots from company members.