Poll: Did the jazz fest make the right call by cancelling SLĀV?

Poll: Did the jazz fest make the right call by cancelling SLĀV?
Poll: Did the jazz fest make the right call by cancelling SLĀV?

Robert Lepage's show has been accused of cultural appropriation and cultural insensitivity.

Montreal Gazette

Updated: July 4, 2018

Protesters shout "shut it down" as they take part in a protest outside of the SLĀV show, "a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs," directed by Quebec theatre luminary Robert Lepage. People were upset about the use of white singer Betty Bonifassi to sing slave songs from the South. They were demonstrating outside the Théâtre du nouveau monde in Montreal on Tuesday June 26, 2018. Allen McInnis / Montreal Gazette

The Montreal International Jazz Festival, after more than a week of heated controversy, has cancelled the remaining performances of SLĀV, “a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs,” by director Robert Lepage, his company Ex Machina and singer Betty Bonifassi.

Lepage’s show has been accused of cultural appropriation and cultural insensitivity.

 

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