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Don't miss Death and the King's Horseman (Available Now!)
Death and the King's Horseman. Wole Soyinka. In partnership with The Stratford Festival.
When an individual’s actions shake a world off its axis, how is honour restored? When a Yoruba King (Alafin) dies, the King’s horseman (Elesin) is required by tradition to accompany him into the afterlife. But this sacred ritual is interrupted, resulting in an unforeseen tragedy. Based on actual events in British-occupied Nigeria, Wole Soyinka’s Nobel prize-winning play shares the story of a community striving to uphold its culture in the face of colonial power. Read the Playbill.
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Tickets are Pay-What-You-Choose, and audiences enjoy unlimited access to the audio drama from the premiere date until June 30, 2021. You will receive an email on June 9 with a link to log into your account and listen to an embedded audio file through your computer or device. To purchase a Passport Subscription and enjoy all eight productions, CLICK HERE.
Complimentary access for Front Line Workers and members of our Free 25 and Under program sponsored by Sun Life.
CBC IDEAS - NIGERIA indepth Podcast (Available Now)
IDEAS is a deep-dive into contemporary thought and intellectual history. Using Death and the King's Horseman as a launching-off point, host Nahlah Ayed sits down with artists to discuss the cultural context to understand this Nigerian drama, and what it might have to say to our contemporary Canadian context. FREE
EXTEND YOUR STAY
Keeping in touch, both figuratively and physically, is a challenge during times of isolation; while physical touch – and what we touch – is now a source of fear and anxiety for many. The Dutch phrase “skin hunger” has come to prominence in recent months, encapsulating these feelings.
For the 2020 Festival, TIFA presented Skin Hunger: a new writing commission featuring original works by internationally renowned writers, in reflection on what we’ve all felt and suffered during the COVID-19 crisis. Featured here is Nigerian-Canadian author Francesca Ekwuyasi, reading her Skin Hunger piece, titled Peculiarities.
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Asiko is an all-original contemporary Afrobeat band led by a master of the craft, Foly Kolade. Foly grew up and honed his musical skills in Ogidi Nigeria and moved to New York City in 2003 where he lead Asiko Afrobeat for nine years. He moved to Toronto in 2011 and slowly gathered a roster of players from the reggae, jazz, funk, and Brazilian music scenes to built the current incarnation of the band.
Since forming in Toronto, Asiko has established a record of uplifting big audiences. They have opened for Seun Kuti and have shared a bill with Antibalas, Zap Mama, Buffy St Marie, Aline Morales, Cheick Diabate, Madagascar Slim and Awa Sangho. They have headlined Afrofest and Uma Nota Festival of Tropical Expression in Toronto and have performed at Koerner Hall and Harbourfront's WestJet Stage.
Asiko’s live show is a high-energy spectacle featuring 10+ performers that incorporates Nigerian dance, percussion and costume. They specialize in making audiences get up and dance!
Explore Arts and Culture
Virtually experience some of the greatest natural and cultural landmarks throughout Nigeria.
Rele Gallery is a contemporary art space with a growing international reputation, established in 2015 to act as a critical interface between Nigeria, Africa and the international art worlds.
Established in 2007 in Lagos, Nigeria, African Artists’ Foundation aims to encourage the highest standard of art in Africa.
Take a 360 tour through the Nike Art Gallery in Abuja and explore its works of ancient Nigerian art.
Thought Pyramid Art Centre is a contemporary art space in Abuja, with a mission is to collect, conserve, and study modern and contemporary art of Africa, and the African Diaspora.
This museum was the first to be established in Nigeria when it opened in 1945, and it is reputed to have the largest collection of soapstone images in the world.
The Theatrical Canon - nigeria
9 OTHER PLAYS CURATED BY SOULPEPPER ARTISTS AND LOCAL SCHOLARS TO READ AND ENJOY! INQUIRE ABOUT THESE TITLES AT YOUR LOCAL INDEPENDENT BOOKSHOP OR LIBRARY.
The story, if reconstructed lineally, is of a young brilliant school leaver who leaves for the city with a dream, but when the reality·of life strikes, he ends up in a prison because he could not bribe his way out of a misdemeanour.
All around the world and throughout history, humans have acted out the stories that are significant to them, the stories that are central to their sense of who they are, the stories that have defined their communities, and shaped their societies. When we talk about classical theatre we want to explore what that means from the many perspectives of this city. This is a celebration of our global canon.- Weyni Mengesha, Soulpepper Artistic Director
Death and the King's Horseman is a loud, Black, and proud celebration of the interconnectedness of each of our unique contributions to our communities. Wole Soyinka reinforces the importance of listening to women and honouring their leadership. He also reminds us to be deliberate in the pursuits of our divine purposes, and to take only what we truly need along the way to our final end.- Amaka Umeh, Performer
Soulpepper’s Around The World In 80 Plays series has become essential for theatre lovers. Imagine a mini international theatre festival for the ears, intellect and soul.- NOW Magazine