Artcirq is an Inuit circus performance collective based in Igloolik, Nunavut, Canada. It was co-founded in 1998 by Guillaume Saladin and several circus artists from Montreal and youth from Igloolik, with the financial support of Igloolik Isuma Productions, Canada's first Inuit independent production company and Cirque Éloize. Its activities provide Inuit youth with a vehicle for creative expression that maintains strong links to Inuit traditions and performance styles.
Artcirq members blend techniques of modern circus arts such as acrobatics, juggling, and clowning with traditional Inuit cultural practices including Inuit traditional games, throat singing, and drum dancing to create meaningful and original work through performing arts, music, and video.
Artcirq has been invited to perform across the globe from Mexico to Greece to Timbuktu, including the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee pageant in Windsor Castle. The collective has produced numerous short films as well as three albums: Artcirq Jam, Made In Igloolik, and Kikkukia. The documentary film Circus Without Borders, produced by Northern Light Productions, features Artcirq's impact and story.
Most recently, Artcirq members have been coordinating an extra-curricular community arts program for youth at its Black Box studio in Igloolik. It is through these projects that Artcirq enables Inuit artists to express and redefine themselves together in their changing world.
- Terry Uyarak
- Derek Aqqiaruq
- Jimmy Qamukaq
- Jacky Qrungnut
- Daisy Irqqarqsaq
- Reena Qulitalik
- Nikita Ungalaq
- Damien Tulugarjuk
- Jenny Attagutsiak
And we remember Solomon Uyarasuk and Joey Ammaq.
Artcirq's guiding actions are to:
- Cooperate with Inuit youth groups by providing access to universal vehicles of creativity and communication to express themselves through performing arts, music, video, etc. to promote social wellness;
- Integrate the insight and roots of traditional Inuit culture and performance with the aesthetic techniques of modern circus, to be shared with Canadian and international audiences;
- Promote the body and spirit of Inuktitut in performance arts;
- Bridge Inuit performing artists with international performers;
- Develop and present live performances created by Inuit artists and international guest artists for the community of Igloolik;
- Deliver circus and performing art workshops locally, nationally, and internationally;
- Promote spiritual and physical self-expression while enhancing the self-esteem of participants;
- Document these activities on video and with new media to share and inspire others;
- Produce short films, documentaries and fictions about Inuit youth, by Inuit youth;
- Increase the awareness of environmental issues and the warming of the Arctic climate.
ArtCirq participates in circus and performing arts events globally. Youth collective, integrates theatre, performance, music, video, circus and Inuit games both traditional and contemporary collaborations with Canadian, African and other circus collectives.
ArtCirq touring shows include:
- Kaugjagjuk 2004 - The story of an orphan boy, who is cared for by the moon.
- Oraya 2005 - Circus Show
- Oatiaroi 2007 - Circus Show
- Asiu 2014 - The Inuit legend of Amaqup Nunaat
- ArtCirq Jam (2008) Genre: World
- Made in Igloolik (2010) Genre: World
- Kikkukia (2013) Genre: Rock
- ArtCirq (2001) Documentary
- Maana (2007) Short film
- Issaittuq (2007) Drama 45 mins
- Amazonia (2007) Documentary
- Pitanqangittuq (2010) Documentary
- Raven (2011) PSA
- Northern Haze: Living The Dream (2011) Documentary
- Dump Tent (2011) PSA
- Artcirq Expedition (2011) Documentary
- Kikkukia (2014) Documentary
- AfriCan (2015) A documentary feature on ArtCirq and Kalabante collaboration