The Flight of the Hummingbird
May 19, 2020 10:00am
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Learning for Young People
To support students and educators in their online learning – and to delight everyone else – Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera present a free broadcast of The Flight of the Hummingbird on May 19, 2020, at 10 am PDT. The video will remain available on demand until late summer.
After you watch the video, please read on below for more information about the opera, videos of post-show activities for young people, musical excerpts, and more.
About the Opera
In this delightful and thought-provoking work, the animals of the forest are inspired to come together by Dukdukdiya, the Hummingbird, to save their beautiful home from a raging fire.
With music by Maxime Goulet and libretto by the acclaimed Haida artist Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and Barry Gilson, The Flight of the Hummingbird is based on an indigenous parable from the Quechuan people of South America. The story of the brave hummingbird travelled through pre-contact trade routes to become well known within Haida culture.
The opera is influenced by the graphic novel Flight of the Hummingbird, by Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas and includes elements of his dramatic Haida-manga illustrations.
The Flight of the Hummingbird was co-commissioned and co-produced by Pacific Opera Victoria and Vancouver Opera. The opera is 45 minutes in length and features four singers and a small ensemble. It is suitable for students in Kindergarten through Grade 9 and is accompanied by a study guide aligned with the First People’s Principles of Learning and the BC curriculum. The study guide was created by an advisory council of Indigenous artists, educators and knowledge keepers and includes a synopsis of the story, learning activities that focus on the characters, the music, and the land, as well as a climate action kit to help young people explore ways to do what they can.
Resources & Media
Q&A with the Artists: Artists from The Flight of the Hummingbird answer the top five questions asked by children after performances of the opera.
These four videos feature arts-based activities for elementary students to try after they watch the video of The Flight of the Hummingbird.
Land / Physical Activity
Climate Action Activities using visual art
The Song of Persistence
Dedicated to Indigenous Peoples, their neighbours, and friends, who persist in keeping our one world safe for our children
Composer Maxime Goulet has arranged a song from The Flight of the Hummingbird for young voices and granted permission to perform it as written or with new lyrics that children create themselves. The Song of Persistence describes how Indigenous cultures around the world steward the land in face of climate change. Learn more in the Study Guide to the opera, listen to the recordings below, and download the sheet music.
Flight of the Hummingbird: Animated Video
The Flight of the Hummingbird is made possible in part by the generosity of the following donors:
Dr. Heather F. Clarke
Dr. Peter Harnetty
Martha Lou Henley, C.M.
Linda Lee Henriksen
Bill & Risa Levine
George & Santi Pick
Mr. Anthony Roper
Mrs. Ronnie Tessler
Ms. Beverly Unger
Dr. Sandra Vestvik
Dr. Lydia Wingate
January 20 to February 23, 2020: Vancouver and Lower Mainland
February 24 to March 18: Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands (Postponed as of March 13)
March 30 to April 5: Kamloops, Kelowna (Postponed)
April 6 to 12: Lower Mainland (Postponed)
April 13 to May 3: Vancouver (Postponed)
Our work takes place on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen speaking people, now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations.