Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory

Community: 
Iqaluit
Languages: 
English, Inuktitut
Category: 
Actor, Performer
Sub-genre: 
Acting, Cultural presentations, Dance, Film, Multimedia, Spoken word, Storytelling, Theatre

Biography

Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory is a Greenlandic mask dancer and contemporary performance artist, based in Iqaluit and a rising star in contemporary Indigenous theatre and Inuit performance.

Interested in the bodily effects of feminism, the physical aspects of using her political voice and the artistic value of playing with each of these concepts. Laakkuluk uses uaajeerneq – Greenlandic mask dancing – as the praxis for live performance, an eyehole for writing and a foundation for her ways of thinking about human beings. Well recognized in both Canada and Greenland, Laakkuluk has traveled much to collaborate and perform with many other artists.

Notable recent projects include starring in the music video for the song 'Retribution' with Tanya Tagaq and #CallResponse, a nationally touring gallery and performance project.

In October 2017, Laakkuluk performed Kiinalik - These Sharp Tools at the Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, co-starring with Artistic Director  and co-writer, Evalyn Parry.  In November 2017 Laakuluk performed a new solo work in Berlin, Germany.

An academic, published in peer reviewed journals, a poet known for how her word holds sway, a dancer that creeps through being beastly and mischievous and an outspoken advocate for creative spaces for gender equality and indigenous political voice, Laakkuluk lives in Iqaluit with her family. She is a founding member and organizer of Qaggiavuut! and currently works there as a Program Manager.

REVIEWS OF 'Kiinalik - These Sharp Tools'

“Powerfully connects audience to peoples and culture of the North”  -Toronto Star

“Astounding… another example of how working together rather than in conflict can lead to the best theatre”  -Globe & Mail

“a bracing, beautiful, thought-provoking, unsettling, challenging show” -Intermission Magazine

“Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools deserves to run forever, to be heaped with laurels, for the performers to be born aloft in the streets as an example of how to do the thing brilliantly. Go.” -Mooney on Theatre

“Astonishing and almost frightening in its transgressive power” -Now Magazine

Credits/experience

Theatre

Writer/Performer

  • Kiinalik - These Sharp Tools, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, Oct 2017 co-starring and co-writer, Evalyn Parry.
  • #CallResponse, Grunt Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • Tulagak, National Arts Centre, Ottawa

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