Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools
ON TOUR IN 2019

“a bracing, beautiful, thought-provoking, unsettling, challenging show”

— Intermission Magazine

Following a sold-out run in 2017, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools will head out on a multi-city tour in 2019. This will be the sixth time in the past decade that we’ve brought one of our shows – and our unique queer mandate – to audiences across Canada.

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.

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools was originally developed and co-produced with Theatre Passe Muraille.

photo of Evalyn Parry + Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory by Jeremy Mimnagh

A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre production

KIINALIK: THESE SHARP TOOLS

written + performed by EVALYN PARRY + LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY
created by EVALYN PARRY, LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY, ERIN BRUBACHER + ELYSHA POIRIER with CRIS DERKSEN
directed by ERIN BRUBACHER
live video by ELYSHA POIRIER
original composition + live music by CRIS DERKSEN + EVALYN PARRY
sound by ALEDA ROCHE
lighting design by REBECCA PICHERACK
set design by KAITLIN HICKEY

“Powerfully connects audience to peoples and culture of the North”

-Toronto Star (Read Article)

“Astounding… another example of how working together rather than in conflict can lead to the best theatre”

-Globe & Mail (Read Article)

“a bracing, beautiful, thought-provoking, unsettling, challenging show”

-Intermission Magazine (Read Article)

“Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools deserves to run forever, to be heaped with laurels, for the performers to be born aloft in the streets as an example of how to do the thing brilliantly. Go.”

-Mooney on Theatre (Read Article)

“astonishing and almost frightening in its transgressive power”

-Now Magazine (Read Article)

Top 10 Shows of 2017

-The Globe & Mail
-The Toronto Star

Outstanding New Play

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Best Director of a Play – Erin Brubacher

-Toronto Theatre Critics Association

Best Actress in a Play – Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

-Toronto Theatre Critics Association

Outstanding Sound Design / Composition

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Photos of Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, and Cris Derksen. Set by Kaitlin Hickey; Projections by Elysha Poirier, Lighting by Rebecca Picherack. Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh.

Tour Dates

DECEMBER 2018
Qaggiavuut (Iqaluit)

JANUARY 30 – FEBRUARY 2, 2019
PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, presented with Touchstone Theatre (Vancouver)

MARCH 12 – 16, 2019
Espace Libre (Montréal)

JUNE 12-16, 2019
Luminato (Toronto)