Kiinalik These Sharp Tools
Theatre & Dance
Focus on Canada
Irish Premiere

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A concert and a conversation. A dramatic meeting between two extraordinary artists, examining their intertwined histories, colonial legacies and the changing climate we all face.

In the Inuktitut language, ‘kiinalik’ translates to mean the knife is sharp, or, ‘it has a face’.

Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is the meeting place of two people, and between the northern and southern extremes of Canada.

Creator/performer and songwriter Evalyn Parry combines social activism with powerful theatre, and supported the creation of countless new works during her tenure as artistic director of Toronto queer theatre company Buddies in Bad Times from 2015 to 2020. Poet, performer, and curator Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory is a Sobey Art award-winning artist based in Iqaluit, Nunavut, and a fierce advocate for Inuit artists.

The two women met on board a ship, part of an Arctic expedition from northern Canada to Greenland, and vowed to bring their contrasting storytelling traditions together in a single work. Sharing a stage, Parry’s heartfelt personal anthems combine with Williamson Bathory’s gripping uajeerneq – a Greenlandic mask dance – to give voice to their intertwined histories, colonial legacies and the changing climate we all face.

Using folksong and throat singing, lively audience engagement and an extraordinary ice-walled set, Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools is a provocative, poignant drama of understanding and reconciliation, unforgettable in its transgressive power.

Post show discussion: Friday 4 November

Please note that latecomers cannot be admitted into this performance.

Part of BIAF’s 2022 focus on artists from Canada.


  • Written + Performed by Evalyn Parry & Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
  • Created by Evalyn Parry, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Erin Brubacher & Elysha Poirier with Cris Derksen
  • Directed by Erin Brubacher
  • Live Video by Elysha Poirier
  • Original Composition + Live Music by Cris Derksen & Evalyn Parry
  • Uaajeerneq and Throat Singing by Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
  • Set Design by Kaitlin Hickey
  • Lighting Design by Rebecca Picherack
  • Sound consultant Matthew Pencer
  • Stage Manager Kaitlin Hickey
  • Technical Director Adrien Whan
  • Manager of Touring Chris Reynolds
  • Seal Skin costume elements by Nicole Camphaug, Enb Artisan, Nunavut
  • Ulu by Mosesie Lewis
  • Originally developed and co-produced by Buddies in Bad Times Theatre & Theatre Passe Muraille


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A performance somewhere between cabaret, ceilidh, gig and theatrical poem... ★★★★

- The Guardian