© Jeremy Mimnagh
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.