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Tanya Tagaq Returns to the Wisconsin Union Theater with “Retribution”


The great Inuit singer and performance artist Tanya Tagaq returns to the Wisconsin Union Theater with her “Retribution” program, this season’s most unusual performance. The concert will be held in Shannon Hall on Saturday, October 7th, 2017, at 8:00 pm. Pricing is as follows: UW-Madison students are $10, Union Members and Non-UW Students are $31, $27, and $25, UW Faculty and Staff are $33, $29, and $25, and the general public are $35, 31, and $25 (Youth up to 18-years-old are $20. Up to two youth tickets with a regular ticket). Tickets can be purchased on our website, at the Campus Arts Box Office or by calling 608-265-ARTS.


Trained as a throat singer, Tagaq’s unique music "is inseparable from her activism, both drawing attention to the still-unsolved murders and disappearances of thousands of indigenous women, the pillaging of the earth and the decimation of Inuit culture," according to NPR.


Tagaq first found international recognition for collaborations with Bjork. She has since performed all over the globe, shining light on her social, political and environmental message and uncommon artistry. In 2015, she was commissioned to write a piece for the Kronos Quartet's Fifty for the Future project.


Winner of many awards, including the 2015 Western Canadian Music Award for Aboriginal Recording of the Year and the 2015 Juno Awards Aboriginal Recording of the Year, the Rolling Stone called Tagaq "one of the avant-garde's most dynamic performers." The combination of politics and potent talent makes her one of the most distinctive performers on the international stage. In her performance in the Wisconsin Union Theater, Tagaq will be accompanied by a choir comprised of local singers.


This performance is presented by the Wisconsin Union Theater’s Performing Arts Committee.  This concert was supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts and the Wisconsin Arts Board.  Other sponsors are the Anonymous Fund and Frautschi Fund. Media sponsor is WORT 89.9 FM.