Tanya Tagaq, the Arctic-born artist, is an improvisational performer, avant-garde composer and experimental recording artist. In this presentation of her Nanook of the North show, Tagaq reclaims the controversial 1922 silent film of the same title. The film is considered the world’s first major work of non-fiction filmmaking, even though the piece is rife with contradictions and incorrect assumptions about Inuit life that persist to this day. This performance will challenge static ideas of genre and culture, and contend with themes of environmentalism, human rights and post-colonial issues.

Tanya Tagaq in concert with Nanook of the North was commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival, where it premiered to critical acclaim in 2012 as part of TIFF First Nations. Since then, she has performed unique iterations of the Nanook of the North show to audiences at Lincoln Centre, at Mondavi Centre (San Francisco), Luminato (Toronto), PUSH International Film Festival (Vancouver) and Helsinki Festival.

Above: Image courtesy of Bernstein Artists.

This concert occurs after Museum hours. Please use the Linde Family Wing Entrance. Museum doors will open 1 hour before the start of the concert and will be closed 30 minutes after it starts. Latecomers will not be admitted.
Taste Café will be open for concert concessions until 15 minutes after the concert starts. 
The parking garage will remain open for 30 minutes after the performance ends.


Ticket Information

Premium tickets guarantee seating in the first three rows of the auditorium.

To order tickets by phone, call 1-800-440-6975; to order in person, visit any MFA ticket desk.

Ticketing Policies

Event Policies

Entry or re-entry after the event starts is not guaranteed and will be at the discretion of the House Manager.