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National Theatre of Greenland Visits Canada!
For Immediate Release April 2, 2013
National Theatre of Greenland Tours to Four Canadian Cities
Starting March 29th, four students from the National Theatre of Greenland; Majbritt Bech, Mike Thomsen, Klaus Geisler, Hans Henrik Poulsen and three professional company members, Makka Kleist, Else Danielsen and Patti Shaughnessy along with singer/songwriter Kim mernaq Kjeldsen, actor, Vivi Sorensen and musicians, Titken Jakobsen and Angu Motzfeldt will begin their journey from Nuuk, Greenland to the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada, to join director and producer, Sylvia Cloutier (Nunavik/Nunavut), performers, Mathew Nuqingaq, Joey Ammaq, Beatrice Deer, Saali Keelan, Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, and musicians Chris Coleman and Tyson Schallman from Canada’s North in an exciting creative residency ( April 1-14th, 2013). The outcome of this creative residency will be Tulugak (Raven), a collaborative performing art project that will explore Inuit raven stories from the Arctic through dance, storytelling, music, circus and theatre.
Tulugak will be performed at Canada’s National Arts Centre as part of the Northern Scene Festival in Ottawa (April 25th-May 4th). Northern Scene Festival will feature more than 250 musicians, actors, dancers, writers, visual and media artists, filmmakers, storytellers and chef’s from the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, Nunavik, Nunatsiavut and Greenland in the nation’s capital.
Tulugak was originally created for the Alianait Arts Festival and was later performed in Nuuk, Greenland at the Katuaq Cultural Centre. This version of Tulugak is being developed in association with The Banff Centre and the Canada Council for the Arts and presented in association with the NAC English Theatre’s Family Series.
Following the creative residency in Banff, the National Theatre of Greenland will trek to Toronto to meet up with students and faculty from the Centre for Indigenous Theatre, Kaha:wi Dance Theatre and Native Earth Performing Arts (April 15-25, 2013). “We are looking forward to reconnecting with old friends and making new ones”, says Makka Kleist, artistic director and principal of The National Theatre School of Greenland. “I am thrilled that our students will have the opportunity to meet with Canadian Inuit and our First Nation cousins in the spirit of sharing, creativity and exchange”.
From May 6-11th, the National Theatre School of Greenland has been invited by Public Energy, 0′ Kaadenigan Wiingashk Collective and Indigenous Performance Initiatives to take part in a Te Toki Haruru Performance Workshop with Samoan dancer and choreographer, Charles Koroneho (New Zealand) at Trent University. This cultural exchange will mark 31 years since Greenland’s theatre artists from Tukkaaq Theatre performed at Trent University at the Indigenous Peoples Theatre Celebration in 1982.
For more information on the Northern Scene Festival please visit nac-can.ca/northernscene . To follow our blog, please visit the National Theatre of Greenland’s facebook page: www.facebook.com/nunatta.isiginnaartitsisarfia
The National Theatre of Greenland gratefully acknowledges the support of the Nordic Institute of Greenland
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