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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
From the Fringe program:
Meet Nakota, a young boy who is trying to write the greatest story ever. One day, his grandfather, 103-year-old Rocko, comes over for a visit. Next thing Nakota knows, he is whisked away into a world of stories that are right below his feet. Within the land. This story explores the interplay between stories of the present against the long-forgotten stories of the past.
"Top Fringe Picks 2018." APT613
"Top 10 Fringe Picks 2018." Ottawa Tonight
Show Length: 45 minutes
Suggested Audience: General
Thu, Jul 19, 2018 – 7:45 PM
Sat, Jul 21, 2018 – 1:15 PM
Sun, Jul 22, 2018 – 11:45 PM
Mon, Jul 23, 2018 – 6:30 PM
Tue, Jul 24, 2018 – 9:45 PM
Wed, Jul 25, 2018 – 4:30 PM
Fri, Jul 27, 2018 – 11:45 PM
Sat, Jul 28, 2018 – 2:45 PM
Updated on Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 9:41 PM CDT: Adds review.