A concert, a conversation and a multimedia performance all in one, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting point for two people—Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and queer theatre-maker Evalyn Parry—and two places: Canada’s North and South. After having met on an Arctic expedition from Iqaluit to Greenland, Williamson Bathory and Parry now share a stage; these two powerful singers and storytellers, aided by music and video projection, give voice and body to the histories, culture and climate we’ve inherited, and ask how we reckon with “these sharp tools.”
[A]stonishing and almost frightening in its transgressive power… —Now
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, Parry and Williamson Bathory put a face to the colonial histories, power structures and changing climate that lie between them, producing an unforgettable encounter in the process.
WRITERS, PERFORMERS Evalyn Parry and Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory CREATORS Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher and Elysha Poirier with Cris Derksen DIRECTOR Erin Brubacher LIVE VIDEO Elysha Poirier ORIGINAL COMPOSITION AND LIVE MUSIC Cris Derksen and Evalyn Parry SOUND Aleda Deroche LIGHTING DESIGN Rebecca Picherack SET DESIGN Kaitlin Hickey CREATED IN Buddies Residency Program DEVELOPMENT SUPPORT BY Theatre Passe Muraille’s BUZZ new play development program, Qaggiavuut, Canada Council for the Arts, Toronto Alliance for the Performing Arts TRIP program ORIGINALLY CO-PRODUCED BY Buddies in Bad Times Theatre with Theatre Passe Muraille TOURING SUPPORTED BY Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, Kingfisher Foundation, Bulmash-Siegel Fund