27. Rusalka.

We saw Antonín Dvořák’s opera Rusalka at the Canadian Opera Company. Rusalka is based on a Slavic version of the Little Mermaid myth—but were any of its tunes as memorable as “Under the Sea”?

Chris, Michael, Daniel, and Julie shared their thoughts on the opera, the staging, and what it means to put this opera on today.

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26. Massive Attack: Mezzanine XX1.

We saw Massive Attack perform on their tour celebrating the 20th (or so) anniversary of their most critically acclaimed album, Mezzanine. The band played all the songs from the album, as well as—well, but wait, that would be spoiling it for people who are going to see the tour. So listen to the episode to find out more.

Michael and Chris recorded this conversation in a park right after the show.

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25. Shanawdithit.

We saw Shanawdithit, a new opera produced by Tapestry Opera and Opera on the Avalon, about the woman who was long considered the last Beothuk. She is also the main source of what little we know about the Beothuk, an indiginous people of Newfoundland who were the victims of ethnocide.

Michael and Chris were excited to see the opera and talk about it afterwards.

Show Notes.

Tapestry’s page on “The World of the Beothuk”.

An overview of the Beothuk and their disappearance from Heritage Newfoundland.

Michael Crummey: River Thieves.

Shanawdithit wIll be performed in St. John’s on June 21st.

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23. Buddha in Africa.

We saw Buddha in Africa (Nicole Schafer, 2019), a documentary that looks at an orphanage in Malawi, run by Taiwanese Buddhists. The film focuses on one interesting young man, Enock, who has grown up learning kung fu and wanting to be the next Jet Li. But now that he is becoming an adult, will he head off with his classmates to Taiwan for university, or stay to find his roots in Malawi?

Chris, Lochin, and Manish saw this fascinating documentary as part of Hot Docs 2019.

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