NEWS: Iqaluit June 12, 2012 - 2:48 pm

Circus promises laughs galore during Iqaluit’s Alianait festival

Artcirq will team up with a Quebec circus group for a show called "Timber"


There may not be any trees in Iqaluit, but be prepared to be amazed and laugh at “Timber,” when Nunavut’s Artcirq company teams up with Quebec’s Cirque Alfonse June 30 at the 8th annual Alianait Arts Festival.

A matinee and an evening show of Timber, which is set in a lumberjack camp, are planned — and you’ll be wowed by the performance of a 10-person cast, with live music, acrobatics, and dance, says Alianait’s executive director Heather Daley.

The last time a circus performance came for the Alianait festival was in 2007 although “circus has always been our most popular event at the festival,” Daley said.

The performers involved in Timber, a show first created in Quebec, plan to travel to Igloolik to meet with four members of Artcirq to work on their Alianait performance before showtime at the Nakasuk gym.

“They’ll do something fun with it to northernize the show,” Daley said.

In 2007, African performers worked with Inuit to create a show, so collaborating artistically for the festival is not a new idea, she said.

The circus performers will also offer a circus workshop and a Québécois music workshop for youth while they’re in Iqaluit.

June 30 also marks the start of Alianait’s activities for children and youth, which run until July 2, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the festival’s purple and white tent in the parking lot of Nakasuk School.

On the agenda are puppet making and musical instrument making and opportunities to be creative on a “rock star stage” and art wall.

At the Iqaluit Centennial Library, also from June 30 to July 2 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., youth aged 10 to 25 can learn about making puppets and stop-motion animations or try their hand at break dancing and printmaking.

Also during the festival, the Nunatta Sunakkutaangit Museum will present an historic collection of 38 prints from eight Nunavut communities. 

Sound good? You can buy a festival pass or individual tickets at Arctic Ventures. The shows are free to supervised children, 12 years and under, and for elders. Check the Alianait website for more information.