Aalaapi – online

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Rating: 3 out of 5

A window on the lives of the Inuit

EDINBURGH FRNGE: Aalaapi Long gone are the days when we had a romantic picture of Eskimos living in igloos. The Hudson Bay Company changed the lives of Quebec’s Nordic communities and over the generations the indigenous Inuit people have become westernized. But they are still governed by the Arctic weather, and in this hybrid, multisensory piece from Canadian company La Messe Basse we become fully immersed in the lives of a group of women from North Quebec who speak about their lives on a radio documentary while two others act out a typical day on stage. In a mixture of Inuktitut, French and English, with subtitles, we learn how essential the local radio station is to the community, from telling people to look out for a set of keys someone has lost to warning its listeners to baton down the hatches as 100 mph winds blow in. We hear from the young women about their way of life, and what they think of their culture and traditions, while onstage the gable end of a single-story house serve
Clare Brotherwood


Aalaapi – online

Aalaapi is a hybrid project combining both theatre and radio. Over 8 months, five young Inuit women from Northern Quebec have accepted to speak about their lives by means of a radio documentary, a piece sculpted through their own words and silences. On stage, two other Inuit women spend a day together while the documentary plays on their radio. And they do, at some point, need to challenge it. Through this multisensory piece, the audience gets immersed in Quebec's nordic communities and they are invited to an authentic encounter through the art of listening.

Show start date: 25 August, 1970, 12:00 am
Show end date: 29 August, 1970, 12:00 am

Available to watch from: 14 Aug 2021 10:00 until 29 Aug 2021 00:00

User Reviews

Rating: 3 out of 5

A window on the lives of the Inuit

EDINBURGH FRNGE: Aalaapi Long gone are the days when we had a romantic picture of Eskimos living in igloos. The Hudson Bay Company changed the lives of Quebec’s Nordic communities and over the generations the indigenous Inuit people have become westernized. But they are still governed by the Arctic weather, and in this hybrid, multisensory piece from Canadian company La Messe Basse we become fully immersed in the lives of a group of women from North Quebec who speak about their lives on a radio documentary while two others act out a typical day on stage. In a mixture of Inuktitut, French and English, with subtitles, we learn how essential the local radio station is to the community, from telling people to look out for a set of keys someone has lost to warning its listeners to baton down the hatches as 100 mph winds blow in. We hear from the young women about their way of life, and what they think of their culture and traditions, while onstage the gable end of a single-story house serve
Clare Brotherwood


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