World’s largest jazz festival cancelled the stage show SLAV after two performances in wake of protests

The Montreal International Jazz Festival has cancelled a controversial performance piece called Slav, in which mostly white actors dressed up as cotton pickers and field workers sing African American slave songs.

Directed by Robert Lepage, with just two actors of color involved, the show premiered last week at the 10-day festival and lasted two performances before backlash and protests shuttered the production, billed as “a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs”. It starred Betty Bonifassi, a white, French-born vocalist whose debut album Chill’em All was based on work songs sung by chain gangs in the American south.

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