In 2018, Laurence Dauphinais, theatre artist and Marie-Laurence Rancourt, sound artist, gathered a group of Inuit and non-Inuit youth for the creation of a singular multidisciplinary piece where the spectator finds themself as a foreigner traveling north of the 55th parallel.
The hybrid project involves the creation of a radio documentary and then the creation of a play. The collective includes Akinisie Novalinga, Samantha Leclerc, Audrey Alasuak, Mélodie Duplessis and Louisa Naluiyuk, all young women from Nunavik that took part in the making of the radio documentary with Marie-Laurence Rancourt and Daniel Capeille, who are also part of the collective. Hannah Tooktoo, Nancy Saunders, Laurence Dauphinais and now Ulivia Uviluk and Angel Annanack, form the theatrical portion of the collective.
Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ reflects the desire of the collective to position the piece in contrast to the often-conveyed images of the North. To open a door to a universe freed from clichés and preconceived ideas. It’s the possibility of meeting, both within the team and with the public. It’s an invitation to listen, as a means to better see. It’s a communion through bread and sound.
Niap, a core member of the Collective who has been involved in the creation of the play since the very beginning will be present at the 2022 Arctic Arts Summit.