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.

LEAD TOUR PATRON
The Kingfisher Foundation

ADDITIONAL TOURING SUPPORT
The Canada Council for the Arts
The Ontario Arts Council
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

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
Uaajeerneq and throat singing LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY
directed by ERIN BRUBACHER
live video by ELYSHA POIRIER
original composition + live music by CRIS DERKSEN + EVALYN PARRY
set design by KAITLIN HICKEY
lighting design by REBECCA PICHERACK
sound engineer ALEDA DEROCHE
stage manager CHRISTINA CICKO
production manager CHARISSA WILCOX
technical director ADRIEN WHAN
seal skin shoes by NICOLE CAMPHAUG, ENB ARTISAN, Nunavut
jewelry by MATTHEW NUQINGAQ
ulu by MOSESIE LEWIS

Originally developed and co-produced by BUDDIES IN BAD TIMES THEATRE and THEATRE PASSE MURAILLE

Upcoming

January 22 – February 9, 2020
GCTC / National Arts Centre Indigenous Theatre (Ottawa, Canada)

Past Showings

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, Canada)

August 2-5, 2019
Edinburgh International Festival (Edinburgh, Scotland)

October 22, 2019
Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes y Literatura (Mexico City, Mexico)

October 25 + 26, 2019
Festival Internacional Cervantino (Guanajuato, Mexico)

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)

“The cultural expression of uaajeerneq, a Greenlandic mask dance, gives way to the political in a rich, thoughtful and impassioned fusion.”

-The Guardian (UK) (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)

“an electrifying reclaiming of cultural roots delivered with power and grace”

-The Herald (Scotland) (Read Article)

“astonishing and almost frightening in its transgressive power”

-Now Magazine (Read Article)

Industry Contact

Chris Reynolds
Manager of Touring
chris@buddiesinbadtimes.com

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At A Glance

  • 110 minutes
  • 9-10 people on the road
  • 2.5 day load-in
  • French and Spanish surtitles available
  • workshop / masterclass led by artists available
  • accessible performance materials available

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