A one day workshop on 'Feminism, Femininity and Inukness Onstage' as experienced by Inuit women performers, was held in Iqaluit, Nunavut this week, hosted by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory with Tanya Tagaq. This workshop is part of a sereis of research workshops led by Laakkuluk, and supported by York University that result in a performance piece or an artistic response to the theme of the workshop, a mini-documentary about the discussion and the creation process, including interviews and a written essay that describes and analyzes the discussion and performance.
The day consisted of:
- group discussion
- artistic responses or performance pieces related to the discussion
- country food lunch
What does it mean to be an Inuk woman on stage? What is the vulnerability? What is the strength?
What do you see Inuit women on stage portraying?
What are the similarities and differences between Inuit women artists?
What do we gain as Inuit women artists?
Why do Inuit sometimes take offence to Inuit women asserting their own personalities on stage?
What is your artistic response to this issue?
This was the first workshop in the series and exceeded all expectations! Thank you to all who participated!