Two people standing in darkness, each with a hand outstretched - together they are cradling a bright light which illuminates their faces

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools

PuSh International Performing Arts Festival

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.”

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.

Presented with Touchstone Theatre.

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