Finding Wolastoq Voice

by Natalie Sappier

A powerful dance/theatre hybrid performance that explores the personal discovery, identity and culture of a young Wolastoqiyik woman awakened by the voices of her ancestors.

March 21 – 31, 2019


A Theatre New Brunswick production in association with Prairie Theatre Exchange

“This story is about healing, relationships, family and my experiences as a young girl.”

With words and music by New Brunswick Wolastoqiyik artist Natalie Sappier, Finding Wolastoq Voice is a story of awakening and transformation. A young woman is lost and comes to find herself, and the way forward, by opening herself to the voice of her ancestors and the power in her own voice. Toronto-based Indigenous dancer/choreographer Aria Evans interprets the flow and rhythm of Sappier’s words and music. This dance/theatre production, with stunning design and movement, is as powerful as it is elegant.

New Brunswick Indigenous artist Natalie Sappier made her playwriting debut with Finding Wolastoq Voice, working with Thomas Morgan Jones (then TNB's Artistic Director, now serving his first year as PTE's AD) in Theatre New Brunswick’s first time staging new work by a New Brunswick Indigenous playwright.

Sappier is at the forefront of contemporary Indigenous art in New Brunswick.  As a painter, musician, a singer and now as a playwright, her work is heavily influenced by her relationship with the land and the waterways that crisscross that province.

“I realized I’m at a point in my life now where my stories need to be louder than a painting can speak,” said Sappier. “I think it’s time to bring our stories to the stage and time for them to be heard through dance and movement and song. This is what I always want to do.”

Performance Times:
March 21 - 30 - 7:30 pm (Thurs. to Sat. & Wed., Mar. 27)
Sunday, March 24 & 31 - 3:00 pm
No performance on Monday or Tuesday, March 25 & 26

Tickets $20 (only 79 seats available per night)



Friday, March 22, join us after the show in the PTE Lounge for Tara Williamson

Tara Williamson is a Winnipeg based poet and provocateur. An Indigenous singer/songwriter, her music is an unflinching document of self: the truth that hurts before it heals. Her newest album, Songs to Keep Us Warm (produced by Jim Bryson), builds on the clever songwriting and expressive vocals heard in her first two Eps.


Featuring: Aria Evans

Director: Thomas Morgan Jones
Set & Lighting Design: Andy Moro
Sound Design: Michael Doherty
Costume Design: Sherry Kinnear
Stage Manager: Chris Pearce

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Photo - Aria Evans, photo by André Reinders | Set & Lighting Design: Andy Moro