October 24–27, 2024

Sankofa: The Soldier’s Tale Retold

Art of Time Ensemble

A reimagining of Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat in a new libretto by poet Titilope Sonuga

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Venue Overview: Harbourfront Centre Theatre


Sankofa: The Soldier’s Tale Retold reimagines Igor Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat in a new libretto by poet Titilope Sonuga. Through the journey of a fictional soldier attempting to enlist in WWI, this Soldier’s Tale is set against the historical context of the No. 2 Construction Battalion — the only Canadian battalion composed of Black soldiers to serve in the First World War. In a psychological battle with the devil on the road to enlisting, the soldier embodies their resilience and enduring struggle against racism, discrimination, and historical erasure.

Like the symbol of the Sankofa bird from which this story draws its name (a word in the Twi language of Ghana which means to go back and retrieve what was forgotten), this work blends past and future as the rhythm of Sonuga’s poetry weaves through Stravinsky’s original music. Sankofa is an invitation to honour a difficult history while moving toward a more promising future.

Co-Produced by Koffler Arts

Music by Igor Stravinsky

Libretto by Titilope Sonuga

Directed by Tawiah M’Carthy

About Art of Time Ensemble

For the last 25 years, Art of Time Ensemble has been on the cutting edge of the performing arts in Canada, fusing music with theatre, dance, film and literature in unique and unprecedented ways. The list of illustrious artists who have collaborated with Art of Time includes Margaret Atwood, Peggy Baker, Brent Carver, Barbara Hannigan, Branford Marsalis, Michael Ondaatje, Madeleine Péyroux, Jackie Richardson and many others.

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Harbourfront Centre Theatre

231 Queens Quay West
Toronto, Ontario

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