KIVIUQ RETURNS An Inuit Epic

ON TOUR AND AVAILABLE FOR BOOKINGS 2017/2018

Kiviuq is the eternal wanderer; the legendary hero of Inuit stories from across the Arctic. In this theatrical retelling, Kiviuq journeys by qajaq lost and betrayed, encountering shape-shifting animals that are by turns enchanting, comical and treacherous. He calls on his spirit guides​ to find his way home.

‘Kiviuq Returns’ is a one hour interdisciplinary performance that brings together Inuit music, drum dance, brilliant costumes and elder storytelling, in a contemporary retelling of Kiviuq's heroism and sorrows through the ages.

Kiviuq Returns is based on the legends of the Inuit hero Kiviuq, as remembered and shared by:

  • Miriam Aglukark (Gjoa Haven)
  • Susan Avingaq (Igloolik)
  • Madeline Ivalu (Igloolik)
  • Qaunaq Mikigak (Cape Dorset)

Story Structure by: Looee Arreak (Iqaluit/Pangnirtung), Ellen Hamilton (Iqaluit/Yellowknife), Vincent Karetak (Iqaluit/Arviat), Taqralik Partridge (Ottawa/Kuujuaq)

Original Music & Poetry by: Natashia Allakariallak (Iqaluit), Chris Coleman, Corey Panika (Rankin Inlet), Taqralik Partridge

Traditional Music & Dance remembered and shared by: Susan Avingaq (Igloolik), Agnes Goose (Uluhaktok), Pakak Innuksuk (Igloolik), Madeline Ivalu (Igloolik), Kolitalik (Igloolik), Jimmy Memogana (Uluhaktok), Qaunaq Mikigak (Cape Dorset), Trisha Ogina

Creative Team: 

Miriam Aglukark, Sheena Akoomalik, Natashia Allakariallak, Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy, Looee Arreak, Susan Avingaq, Martha Burns, Chris Coleman, Jamie Griffiths, Ellen Hamilton, Chris Humphrey, Pakak Innuksuk, Madeline Ivalu, Vincent Karetak, Qaunaq Mikigak, Trisha Ogina, Taqralik Partridge, Kurri Panika, Carlos Rivera, Ashley Savard, Lois Suluk, Christine Tootoo, Damien Tulugarjuk, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Collaboration: Between January and March, we listened to esteemed elders tell the legends of Kiviuq. The elders are of the last remaining generation of Inuit to have lived their lives traditionally on the land and the stories they told us they had listened to as children in iglus, sealskin tents and sod houses. Following the creation of a story structure, workshops were held in Iqaluit with Inuit performing artists who worked collaboratively with elders to explore the legends. The cast was then provided residencies at the Isabel Bader in Kingston and the Banff Centre to further explore and reimagine Kiviuq's journey through theatre. 

Cast members (2017):

  • Natashia Allakariallak (Iqaluit)
  • Pakak Innuksuk (Igloolik)
  • Vincent Karetak (Arviat/Iqaluit)
  • Trisha Ogina (Uluhaktok, Cambridge Bay)
  • Kurri Panika (Rankin Inlet)
  • Lois Suluk (Arviat)
  • Christine Tootoo (Rankin Inlet)

Directors (2017): Martha Burns, Vinnie Karetak, Carlos Rivera

Scenography & Technical Director: Jamie Griffiths

Costumes: Looee Arreak

Sound: Chris Coleman

Youth Technical Trainees: Richard Manitok, Charlie Panipak, Ashley Savard

For more details and photographs see 'Kiviuq Returns' on the Inuit World Stage

Read the Globe and Mail review


Contact: 

Ellen Hamilton, Qaggiavuut!  +1-867-222-5270

ellen@qaggiavuut.com

 

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