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Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ 

Presented by Native Earth Performing Arts and Le Théâtre français de Toronto, in association with Luminato Festival Toronto
Photo by Anne-Marie Baribeau   

Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ 

In Inuktitut, Aalaapi means “Choosing silence to hear something beautiful”. Immerse yourself in a theatrical performance that combines the sounds of the North – creaking snow, whistling winds, and voices in Inuktitut, French, and English – with radio documentary, to reveal the daily lives of women in Northern Quebec. Drawing on radio’s central role in the North, Aalaapi steps into the daily lives of two friends, Nancy and Ulivia, sharing a cabin in a small village in Nunavik. As images scroll across the cabin, an intimate portrait of young women in Northern communities, depicted with speech, sound, and silences, reveals the richness of their history and the power of their future. 

Aalaapi is an invitation to listen deeply.  

Contact the TO Live Box office:
416-366-7723 | 1-800-708-6754
[email protected]


June 8 at 7:30 PM
June 9 at 7:30 PM
June 10 at 1:00 PM
June 10 at 7:30 PM

*There will be free* childcare provided for the 1pm performance of Aalaapi on June 10th, provided by Summerhill Club Inc. Spaces are limited- call 416.534.6604 to reserve your spot.


585 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7 Canada
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Supported by

Tiana Koffler Boyman and Marc Boyman

With Assistance From

Bureau du Québec à Toronto 

Cast & Credits

Olivia Ikey Duncan, Actor

Olivia Ikey Duncan is a mixed Inuk from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. She is an advocate for her people, an artist who combines traditional and contemporary elements of Inuit culture, and a mother of Inuk and French Canadian children. Olivia works mainly in the fields of reconciliation, education and Inuit self-determination in the 21st century. Her practice focuses on decolonization, identity, language, and forging new relationships to support reconciliation in Quebec and Canada. As a writer, she has worked with Niap, and her poetry anthology, Nuna Poems, won the Inuit writing category at Éditions Hannenorak. 

Nancy Saunders, Actor

Nancy Saunders is a multidisciplinary artist from Kuujjuaq, Nunavik. Her studies at Concordia University have allowed her to explore different mediums including drawing, painting and sculpture. Her work fuses traditional Inuit art with modernity, addressing themes associated with this ancestral heritage with artistic strategies specific to contemporary art. Her aim is to ensure the continuity of Inuit art as well as its renewal. Nancy Saunders’ work was exhibited at the McClure Gallery at the Visual Arts Centre of Montreal in 2015. More recently, the artist was selected to create a work for the Canadian Museum of Nature’s Canada Goose Arctic Gallery as part of Canada’s 150th anniversary. She recently exhibited an installation at the Oboro Centre.

Collectif Aalaapi, Production
Laurence Dauphinais and Marie-Laurence Rancourt, Original Idea
Laurence Dauphinais, Director