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“a bracing, beautiful, thought-provoking, unsettling, challenging show”
~ Intermission Magazine
A concert and a conversation, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting place of two people, and the North and South of our country. Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now sharing a stage, these two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the histories, culture, and climate we’ve inherited, and asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.
In the Inuktitut language, when a knife is dull, it is said to “have no face”. The word “kiinalik” translates to mean the knife is sharp – or, “it has a face”. Embodying the stories of their heritage, Evalyn and Laakkuluk put a face to the colonial histories, power structures and the changing climate that lie between them.
A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre Production
Created by Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher, Elysha Poirier with Cris Derksen. Set Design by Kaitlyn Hickey, lighting design by Rebecca Pitcherak.
JUNE 12-16, 2019
Luminato (Toronto, Canada)
AUGUST 2-5, 2019
Edinburgh International Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland)
Festival Cervantino , Guatajuanto Mexico
JANUARY 22 – FEBRUARY 9, 2020
GCTC / National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre (Ottawa, Canada)
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (Toronto)
JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 2, 2019
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, presented with Touchstone Theatre (Vancouver)
MARCH 12 – 16, 2019
Espace Libre (Montréal)
more info at Buddiesinbadtimes.com/tour/kiinalik/