Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools
October 24 - November 5
When the knife is dull, it has no face.
Buddies in Bad Times + Theatre Passe Muraille
NEW SHOW ADDED – SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 5 AT 7:30 PM
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 of Evalyn Parry + Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory by Elysha Poirier _ design by Lucinda Wallace
Thank you to the generous support of Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts and the TRIP Program
“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)
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.
A Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille co-production
KIINALIK: THESE SHARP TOOLS
written + performed by EVALYN PARRY + LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY
created by EVALYN PARRY, LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY, ERIN BRUBACHER + ELYSHA POIRIER
directed by ERIN BRUBACHER
live video by ELYSHA POIRIER
live music by CRIS DERKSEN + EVALYN PARRY
lighting design by REBECCA PICHERACK
set design by KAITLIN HICKEY
stage manager CHRISTINA CICKO
OCTOBER 24 – NOVEMBER 5, 2017
Tuesday, October 24 // 8pm (preview)
Wednesday, October 25 // 8pm (preview)
Thursday, October 26 // 8pm (opening night)
Friday, October 27 // 8pm
Saturday, October 28 // 8pm
Sunday, October 29 // 2:30pm – Relaxed performance
Tuesday, October 31 // 8pm
Wednesday, November 1 // 8pm – Pre-Show discussion with Andy McKim, Mel Hague, and special guest Katherine Minich at 7:15pm
Thursday, November 2 // 8pm – Followed by a post-show Q&A with the creative team
Friday, November 3 // 8pm
Saturday, November 4 // 8pm
Sunday, November 5 // 2:30pm – Audio described performance
Sunday, November 5 // 7:30pm
Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is being produced in partnership with Theatre Passe Muraille as part of a new initiative between our two companies to share resources and introduce our audiences to the work being done on other stages in Toronto. This show is paired with Acha Bacha, a new play by Bilal Baig about the intersection of queerness, gender identity, and Islam, which will premiere on Theatre Passe Muraille’s stage in January 2018.
Theatre Passe Muraille (TPM) believes there should be a more diverse representation of artists, audience members, and stories in our theatre in Canada. TPM aspires to be a leader locally, nationally, and internationally in establishing, promoting, and embracing collaborative and inclusive theatre practices that support and ignite the voices of unique artists, communities, and audiences.
Founded in 1968, TPM is Canada’s original alternative theatre company, currently developing and producing new Canadian plays, striving to articulate a distinct Canadian voice that reflects the complexity of our intercultural society.
Sunday, October 29 at 2:30 PM
Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille have designated the October 29 performance of Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools as a Relaxed Performance (RP).
Relaxed Performances are designed to welcome audience members who will benefit from a more relaxed performance environment, such as folks on the Autism Spectrum or who live with Tourettes, delayed learning, or diverse abilities.
For this performance, we have toned down the sound and light effects. Movement and noise from the audience is welcomed including exiting and entering the space. To help with exiting and entering the space low lighting will be left on in the seating area. There is also a “calm space” available outside the theatre. We provide will provide a Visual Story PDF about attending Buddies in Bad Times Theatre- a detailed step-by-step guide to our theatre experience and location -that describes in words and photos what to expect when you come to our theatre.
You can purchase $20 tickets with the code RP20 by calling our box office at 416-975-8555 or by clicking here to visit our online ticketing system. There will also be Pay-What-You-Can tickets available at the door.
Sunday, November 5 at 2:30 PM
Buddies In Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille will present an Audio-Described Performance of Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools on Sunday, November 5.
Headsets will be made available for blind and low-vision patrons who wish to hear the physical action of the play described live by the play’s director Erin Brubacher. As the number of headsets is limited, we suggest booking your ticket in advance.
You can purchase $20 tickets with the code AD20 by calling our box office at 416-975-8555 or by clicking here to visit our online ticketing system. We will automatically reserve 1 headset per order placed with this code – if you require additional headsets please let us know when you purchase your tickets.
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