The Ballet: Thoughts on Going Home Star

March 25, 2016

I love the ballet. I love the music, the costumes, the movements, and I am always in awe of what the dancers are capable of. It is something that my mom and I always enjoy attending when we get the opportunity to do so. This week we had the privilege of watching a ballet that was performed by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet called Going Home Star: Truth and Reconciliation that is about the residential schools, and inspired by the writing of author Joseph Boyden. Going into the theatre, I knew it was going to be hard to watch as it covers a heavy subject that is part of Canada's history, but I didn't anticipate how they were going to portray it all.

There are not enough words to describe the emotions that I felt, the quiet of the theatre as the audience watched the performance of such heavy subject matter, and the beauty of the dancers and the music working together. It was powerful, raw, emotional and beautiful, and we all learned some very important lessons that night. I walked away with a greater appreciation for what the Aboriginal peoples did for the settlers to guide them through living in a foreign land, and a better understanding of how cruel people can be.

I know that there were a lot more people from all walks of life at the performance that wouldn't typically attend the ballet because they were drawn more to the subject matter, and I was grateful to see them there. I hope that they have developed a love for the music and movement of ballet, and will continue to explore the art. I also hope that the people in the audience that day learned powerful lessons as well, and we can turn our hearts towards helping everyone heal.

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