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Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools


Excited to announce the premiere of a brand new show!

Kiinalik:These Sharp Tools, created and performed by me and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, with Cris Derksen, Elysha Poirier, directed by Erin Brubacher, will open the 2017/18 season at Buddies.

This is a long-dreamed of project, the next chapter in my ‘Age Of Melting’ investigation.  It has been a privilege to collaborate with Laakkuluk, Erin and Elysha over the last year, and we are thrilled that Laakkuluk is coming from Nunavut for the show at Buddies.

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.

photo by Elysha Poirier, graphic design by Lucinda Wallace