Vancouver: poetry of silence and longing

October 28, 2015

air india [redacted]

Renée Sarojini Saklikar’s award winning book of poetry, children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013), is a beautiful and chilling exploration of the wrenching emotion and long institutional silence surrounding the June 23, 1985, bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland in which 329 lives were lost.

Inspired by Saklikar’s book and his own research, Irish composer Jürgen Simpson has created air india [redacted], which will be performed in Vancouver by the Turning Point Ensemble with soprano Zorana Sadiq, countertenor Daniel Cabena and baritone Alexander Dobson.

There will be five performances, November 6, 7, 8 (matinee), 10 and 11, 2015, at the Fei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre, Goldcorp Centre for the Arts in Vancouver, BC. For additional information, see the event page on Simon Fraser University’s website. For further details on Renée Sarojini Saklikar and her chronicle of place, identity and language, see thecanadaproject.

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