october, 2022

24oct7:30 pm9:30 pmTHE LAKE / NX̌AʔX̌AʔITKʷ

Event Details

A Kay Meek Film Series Presentation
Grosvenor Theatre

Directed by: John Bolton | 115 minutes | Opera, Documentary, Indigenous | In English and nqilxʷcn with English subtitles | Canada | 2022

The first Canadian opera to be shot specifically as a film

“Ultimately, The Lake is a meaningful attempt to be many things: a history of a rare Canadian opera and its contemporary revival, part musical-documentary, and at least partially a work on the complexities inherent in respectful cross-cultural collaboration.” Paloma Pacheco, POV magazine

A ground-breaking cross-cultural collaboration, The Lake / nx̌aʔx̌aʔitkʷ is an inspiring music documentary about an extraordinary friendship between two singers & teachers – Heather Pawsey of Vancouver’s Astrolabe Musik Theatre, and Delphine Derickson of Westbank First Nation – and the groundbreaking cultural collaboration in which they decolonized a historic Canadian opera by incorporating Syilx / Okanagan perspectives. The film brings to life all of the Indigenous and non-Indigenous storytelling, music-making and dancing from the original production, alongside a bracingly honest oral history of the successes and failures of the project. It’s a film about a journey that is, in itself, a continuation of that journey. Filled with laughter and tears, and alive to the rhythms of water and wind, The Lake / nx̌aʔx̌aʔitkʷ celebrates the magic that’s possible when people start to really listen to one another.

The Lake / nx̌aʔx̌aʔitkʷ is a Telus Original, produced with the support of the Vancouver Foundation, the Canada Council for the Arts, the BC Arts Council, Creative BC & Amplify BC, the Central Okanagan Foundation, the Deux Mille Foundation, the Hamber Foundation, the SOCAN Foundation and the Ambache Charitable Trust, and with the sponsorship of Quails’ Gate Estate Winery, Westbank First Nation, Turning Point Ensemble, and the Canadian Music Centre in BC. The Lake / nx̌aʔx̌aʔitkʷ documentary had its world premiere in Montréal on March 24, 2022, as part of Le FiFa International Festival of Films on Art.

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