Split Tooth
“There is nothing in this world like a Tanya Tagaq performance.”
Split Tooth
NY Premiere
Music and story by Tanya Tagaq
Directed by Kaneza Schaal


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Musically aggressive. Aggressively political. In her art and in her actions, Tanya Tagaq never pulls punches. Split Tooth is an extraordinary union of Tagaq’s improvised musical performances and best-selling debut novel, created in collaboration with director Kaneza Schaal and visual artist Christopher Myers. Featuring the world’s first-ever Inuit throat singing choir featuring all-Inuit performers, this theatrical adaptation comes to life through Tagaq’s incisive voice and words. Art and action unite in a radical vision of Arctic Futurism—a conversation with the myths that have made us and the myths we have yet to write.
“Decolonization isn’t about going back to the way things were—it’s about stitching together the knowledge that we still have from the past and applying it to today.”
—Tanya Tagaq
Tanya Tagaq grew up in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, above the Arctic Circle, but she first discovered Inuit throat singing in college, listening to tapes her mother sent to ward off homesickness. The musical tradition, Kattajjak—which Tagaq draws on, and transforms, in her wildly original improvisations and avant-garde compositions—is a game played between Inuit women, banned by Christian missionaries for decades as part of widespread efforts to erase indigenous cultures. A member of the Order of Canada, a Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award winner, and recipient of multiple honorary doctorates, Tagaq is an original disruptor at the forefront of seismic social, political, and environmental change. Her radical work is not solely about sound, but about overturning deep-rooted assumptions and violations of indigenous culture.
Split Tooth
Tanya Tagaq on Split Tooth (The Globe and Mail)
“This book was written for my own heart, and because I’m Inuk – because I’m an Indigenous woman – I’m assuming others will find alignment with it.”
“gutteral and powerful”