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Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

The 2018 Dora Award winning production brings together two powerful storytellers as they map new territory, giving voice to the histories, cultures, and climate we’ve all inherited.

June 12 - 16, 2019

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Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland. Now they share the stage in Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools; a concert, dialogue, and symbolic convergence between the North and the South of our country. These two powerful storytellers map new territory together in a work that gives voice and body to the lived histories, culture, and climate we have inherited, and then asks how we reckon with these sharp tools.

Astounding...Another example of how working together rather than in conflict can lead to the best theatre.
— The Globe & Mail 

This multi-media performance challenges the audience to confront their lack of knowledge and chase the opportunity to learn. Williamson Bathory and Parry, accompanied by cellist Cris Derksen, engage each other with music, stories, and an urgency to work together to cultivate understanding, however unsettling it may be: “Good theatre explains our world and the worlds of others and makes us feel uncomfortable—uncomfortable about how we define ourselves, about our perceptions of the world and other cultures, uncomfortable when our comfort zone is invaded. Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools does all of this beautifully” (Intermission Magazine).  

The two performers combine their artistic arsenals to convey the complexity of the North and its past through folk songs, throat-singing, storytelling, historical and autobiographical material, and uajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing). Used together these tools create powerful moments, some “astonishing and almost frightening in [their] transgressive power” (Now Toronto).

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 stories from both their heritages, Williamson Bathory and Parry put a face to colonial histories, power structures, and the changing climate that lies between them.

Lead image features Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory. Photos by Jeremy Mimnagh. 

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Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

The 2018 Dora Award winning production brings together two powerful storytellers as they map new territory, giving voice to the histories, cultures, and climate we’ve all inherited.

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Performance: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:35 PM
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
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Performance: Thursday, June 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:35 PM
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
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Performance: Friday, June 14, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:35 PM
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
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Performance: Saturday, June 15, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:35 PM
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
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Performance: Sunday, June 16, 2019
1:00 PM - 2:35 PM
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
Seats Going Fast! Buy Book Now Sold Out
Performance: Sunday, June 16, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:35 PM
Berkeley Street Theatre Downstairs
Seats Going Fast! Buy Book Now Sold Out

Reviews

“A bracing, beautiful, thought-provoking, unsettling, challenging show”
– Intermission Magazine
“Astounding…Another example of how working together rather than in conflict can lead to the best theatre”
– Globe & Mail

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Creative Team

WRITTEN & PERFORMED BY
Evalyn Parry & Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

CREATED BY
Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher & Elysha Poirier with Cris Derksen

DIRECTOR
Erin Brubacher 



 

LIVE VIDEO
Elsyha Poirier

MUSIC
Cris Derksen & Evalyn Parry

SOUND
Aleda Deroche



 

LIGHTING DESIGN
Rebecca Picherack

SET DESIGN
Kaitlin Hickey

Originally developed and co-produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and Theatre Passe Muraille.

The 2019 tour of Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is supported by The Kingfisher Foundation and the Bulmash-Siegel Fund.