Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

“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.

The Kingfisher Foundation

The Bulmash-Siegel Fund

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

photo of Evalyn Parry + Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory by Jeremy Mimnagh

Qaggiavuut (Iqaluit)

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, presented with Touchstone Theatre (Vancouver)

MARCH 12 – 16, 2019
Espace Libre (Montréal)

JUNE 12-16, 2019
Luminato (Toronto)

Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh.

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 – Evalyn Parry + Cris Derksen

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

Nominated: Outstanding Production + Outstanding Performance (ensemble)

-Dora Mavor Moore Awards

“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)

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