Part of Music City Mondays
Throughout her ground-breaking career, Inuk throat singer and ecstatic avant-garde artist Tanya Tagaq has always had an intimate relationship with the Nuna — the Land — a living, breathing organism present in her improvised performances. Hers is a voice that, according to the New York Times, “demands full attention, whether she’s whispering in her softest register or howling at the sky.” EVER DEADLY weaves together intimate concert footage of Tagaq alongside moving personal reflections, stunning sequences filmed in Nunavut, and hand-drawn animation by Inuk artist Shuvinai Ashoona to seamlessly bridge history, landscapes, stories and songs with pain, anger and triumph — all through the expressions of one of the most innovative musical performers of our time.
“EVER DEADLY is not the concert doc to inundate with hagiography and patronizing talking heads who illustrate why Tagaq’s art is significant. Instead, the tight doc collects fragments; some from Tagaq’s life, music and prose, others from her Inuk community, their history and the current issues affecting Indigenous people across Turtle Island. In that way, the doc is a lot like the outfit Tagaq is wearing at the live concert it repeatedly returns to. It’s a dress covered in glass scales, catching in its reflections the world surrounding Tagaq. And these reflective fragments come together as something beautiful, cohesive and significant all on their own.” —Radheyan Simonpillai, Globe and Mail