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Chaakapesh

The Montréal Symphony Orchestra goes on tour in Quebec’s great northern tundra to visit Cree, Innu and Inuit communities.

An orchestra and its famed conductor go on tour in Quebec’s great northern tundra to visit Cree, Innu and Inuit communities. They perform an Indigenous chamber opera, Chaakapesh, whose mission is to teach white men how to laugh, and therefore love more.

Poster for the concert-tour doc ChaakapeshIn fall 2018, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), led by Maestro Kent Nagano, created the chamber opera Chaakapesh: The Trickster’s Quest, a lighthearted story of the hero who founded the Innu people. Narrated in three languages (Innu, Cree and Inuktitut), the opera is an ingenious musical adaptation by contemporary composer Matthew Ricketts of a play by renowned Indigenous playwright Tomson Highway. After its début as the opening night of the OSM season, it went on tour to Nunavik and the Lower North Shore.

This documentary feature of the tour follows the OSM to Kuujjuaq, Salluit, Kuujjuarapik, Oujé-Bougoumou, Mashteuiatsh, Maliotenam, and other northern communities, putting the audience front-row centre for a vital cultural interchange that transforms the artists as well as the residents who welcome them.

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