World Premiere of air india (redacted) combines music, poetry, and visual projections


air india [redacted] explores issues of silence and longing in the 30th year since the bombing of Air India Flight 182 off the coast of Ireland, Canada’s worst act of aviation terror.

November 6, 7, 10, and 11th at 8:00 pm, Doors at 7:30 pm
Matinee performance: November 8 at 2:00 pm, Doors at 1:30 pm
Tickets: $39 general / $19 student

On the occasion of SFU’s 50th Anniversary and Turning Point Ensemble’s 10th anniversary, Turning Point Ensemble and SFU Woodward’s Cultural Programs are proud to co-present this world premiere of music, theatre, poetry and projections.

Five years in the making, air india [redacted] showcases the skilled musicianship of the Ensemble with the incredible vocal talents of international rising star and TED fellow, soprano Tharanga Goonetilleke, and award winning Canadian singers, Daniel Cabena, countertenor and Alexander Dobson, baritone.

Irish composer Jürgen Simpson creates evocative music based on his extensive Air India Flight 182 research and inspired by Vancouver poet Renée Sarojini Saklikar‘s award winning book of poetry children of air india, un/authorized exhibits and interjections (Nightwood Editions, 2013).

Over the last thirty years, despite a massive judicial inquiry into the investigation of the bombing and one of Canada’s longest and most expensive criminal trials with the acquittal of the accused, the Flight 182 saga is under-represented in our national psyche. On June 23, 1985, the lives lost tallied at 329 men, women and children, most were Canadian.

Audience are invited to join in this artistic experience that will give testimony to silence and longing created by Flight 182. This is a sensory experience created for those who have and will always be part of this story. For further details, see

Composer – Jürgen Simpson; Music Director – Owen Underhill; Poet – Renée Sarojini Saklikar; Director – Tom Creed; Media Artist – John Galvin; Tharanga Goonetilleke, soprano; Daniel Cabena, countertenor; Alexander Dobson, baritone.