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Showing on Jan 29-Feb 2

Playing at Waterfront Theatre

Collectif Aalaapi | La Messe Basse, (Nunavik | Montreal)


Crossing the boundaries of age, gender, and ethnicity in its collective authorship, AALAAPI | ᐋᓛᐱ enriches our lives with a nuanced understanding of contemporary Inuit experience. Combining the aesthetics of theatre and radio, the project takes us to the North. The focus is on two women living in Nunavik; over a long arc, we watch their lives play out. A radio is the centrepiece in their domestic setting, and through it come the sounds of an audio documentary. We listen along with the women, and eventually the broadcast comes under scrutiny in a process informed by ethical and political concerns.

Drawing on radio’s large role in the lives of Northern societies, this work makes brilliant use of the medium’s ambient quality—but never at the expense of engagement with the material itself. Collectif Aalaapi provokes us to critique the radio documentary and the ideology it engenders; the members have joined together to illuminate the politics of language and culture, and their invitation to the audience is to enlarge this union. 

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Artist Bio

La Messe Basse

La Messe Basse est un lieu d’incubation et de recherche. C’est dans cette perspective que nous invitons désormais des artistes à développer une parole à nos côtés sur une période de deux ans. Avec son audace, son talent et son historique avec nous, il était naturel de commencer le projet d’artiste associé.e avec Laurence Dauphinais. En plus d’un dialogue artistique, Laurence Dauphinais bénéficiera d’accompagnement technique et dramaturgique.

Collectif Aalaapi

In 2018, theatre artist Laurence Dauphinais and sound artist Marie-Laurence Rancourt formed Collectif Aalaapi with a group of Inuit and non-Inuit youth, for the purposes of creating a singular multidisciplinary piece—one which would challenge received notions about Northern and Indigenous cultures, as well as empower its audience and its creators together.


Waterfront Theatre

1412 Cartwright Street, Granville Island, Vancouver


  • January 29 at 7:30
  • January 30 at 4
  • February 1 at 8
  • February 2 at 8


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In English, French and Inuktitut with English and French surtitles

The visual story will be available in January. You will be able to download it right here.


Produced by Collectif Aalaapi Original idea Laurence Dauphinais + Marie-Laurence Rancourt Directed by Laurence Dauphinais Radio documentary directed by Magnéto – Marie-Laurence Rancourt + Daniel Capeille Performed by Angel Annanack + Ulivia Uviluk Set Design Odile Gamache Lighting Design Chantal Labonté Music Antonin Wyss Sound and Video on tour Joël Lavoie Video Guillaume Vallée Other members of the collective Audrey Alasuak + Mélodie Duplessis + Caroline Jutras Boisclair + Samantha Leclerc + Louisa Naluiyuk + Akinisie Novalinga Assistant Director Charlie Cohen Set Design Assistant Nancy Saunders Translated by Brett Donahue + Nicolas Pirti-Duplessis Animation Camille Monette-Dubeau Tour Manager Charlotte Ménard Technical Director and Lighting Manager on tour Chantal Labonté Production Director of the original version Letícia Tórgo Production and touring La Messe Basse