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Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

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A concert and a conversation. A dramatic meeting between two extraordinary artists, and between the northern and southern extremes of Canada. Creator/performer and songwriter Evalyn Parry combines social activism with powerful theatre as artistic director of Toronto queer theatre company Buddies in Bad Times. Poet, performer, and curator Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is artistic director of Inuit performing arts company Qaggiavuut! in Iqaluit, Nunavut.

The two women met on board a ship, part of an Arctic expedition from northern Canada to Greenland, and vowed to bring their contrasting storytelling traditions together in a single work. Sharing a stage, Parry’s heartfelt personal anthems combine with Williamson Bathory’s gripping uajeerneq – a Greenlandic mask dance – to give voice to their intertwined histories, colonial legacies and the changing climate we all face.

Using folksong and throat singing, lively audience engagement and an extraordinary ice-walled set, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is a provocative, poignant drama of understanding and reconciliation, unforgettable in its transgressive power.

Credits
WRITTEN + PERFORMED : Evalyn Parry + Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
CREATED : Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher + Elysha Poirier with Cris Derksen
UAAJEERNEQ AND THROAT SINGING : Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
DIRECTED : Erin Brubacher
LIVE VIDEO : Elysha Poirier
ORIGINAL COMPOSITION + LIVE MUSIC : Cris Derksen + Evalyn Parry
SET DESIGN : Kaitlin Hickey
LIGHTING DESIGN : Rebecca Picherack
SOUND ENGINEER : Aleda Deroche
STAGE MANAGER : Christina Cicko
PRODUCTION MANAGER : Charissa Wilcox
TECHNICAL DIRECTOR : Adrien Whan
SEAL SKIN SHOES : Nicole Camphaug, Enb Artisan, Nunavut
JEWELRY : Matthew Nuqingaq
ULU : Mosesie Lewis
Originally developed and co-produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille
Partners
A co-presentation with the Edinburgh International Festival

Reviews

2-5 August 2019

The Studio
22 Potterrow
Edinburgh
EH8 9BL

1hr 50mins approx. (no interval)
Info : eif.co.uk

Rates
£20

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