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  • Music and story by Tanya Tagaq
  • Director Kaneza Schaal

Split Tooth tells the story of an adolescent girl growing up in Nunavut whose life is dominated by the magnificence of nature.  This epic new stage production is an extraordinary union of Tanya Tagaq’s improvised musical performances and best-selling debut novel, created in collaboration with director Kaneza Schaal and visual artist Christopher Myers.

 Combining storytelling, animation, and music, and featuring the world’s first-ever Inuit throat singing choir, Tanya brings a radical vision of Arctic Futurism to life through her incisive voice and words.


Tanya Tagaq is an improvisational singer, avant-garde composer and bestselling author. A member of the Order of Canada, Polaris Music Prize and JUNO Award winner, and recipient of multiple honorary doctorates, she is one of the country’s most original and celebrated artists.  

Tanya’s improvisational approach lends itself to collaboration across genres and forms. Her work includes numerous guest vocal appearances, original avant-garde classical compositions, commissions, and more.  In its many forms, Tanya’s art challenges static ideas of genre and culture, and contends with themes of environmentalism, human rights and post-colonial issues.  

Creative team

  • Music and story by Tanya Tagaq
  • Director Kaneza Schaal
  • Scenography Christopher Myers

National Creation Fund investment

The National Creation Fund’s investment of $170,000 supports the work’s final stage of development, which includes creation and technical residencies with the creative team and cast in Canada, the U.S. and Germany, and the exceptional costs associated with travel for the artists living in the North.   


Co-produced by Theater der Welt 2021 Düsseldorf, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and PuSh International Arts Festival.

Performance dates

Past performances

May 21 & 22, 2020:  World premiere at Central, Große Bühne (Dusseldorf), presented by the Festival Theater der Welt - postponed

June 3 to 6, 2020:  Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York City) - postponed