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Written and performed by Josh Languedoc from Edmonton, Rocko and Nakoda: Tales from the Land is one of the few fringe shows this year featuring Indigenous artists. Where other festival offerings are more avant garde and contemporary, this show is nourishing and traditional, focusing on Anishinaabe stories that honour the land, as shared through the relationship between a grandfather, Rocko, and his grandson, Nakoda.
Languedoc gives a riveting performance in this one-man show, taking on multiple roles, both human and not human. Warm, gentle, and beautifully performed, Rocko and Nakoda: Tales from the Land is a fine storytelling show that brings to life many Anishinaabe stories with respect and passion.
For those who are intimidated by theatre that doesn’t centre on whiteness, here is a moving show that invites you to learn more about Indigenous culture and storytelling.
— Frances Koncan