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© Anne-Marie Baribeau

Aalaapi | ᐋᓛᐱ [2020]

Collectif Aalaapi

The exquisite tones and nuances of people who live north of the 55th parallel. A contemplative plunge into the intimacy of young Inuit women, Aalaapi reveals the North through radio.


Let voices speak and conversations take place. Learn to listen. Aalaapi — to be silent so that beauty can be heard, in Inuktitut — fragments of the North in an audio documentary where five young women from Nunavik — Akinisie, Audrey, Louisa, Mélodie, Samantha — talk about their daily lives, their hopes and aspirations, in a conflux of tradition and modernity.

A window allows us to peek into a house where two Inuit women are playing cards and preparing a meal. The passing of time. To an audio backdrop of gusts of wind, throat singing and the sound of engines, Aalaapi pays tribute to community radio, a means of connecting with others across a vast territory. Beyond clichés and sensationalism, it aims for a subtle shift of focus away from the self in an approach imbued with warm good humour. This singular project, created by a collective of both French-speaking Quebecers and Inuit, captures the exquisite tones and nuances of people who live north of the 55th parallel. Two cultures share their humanity in this vibrant communion.


Produced by Collectif Aalaapi
Original idea Laurence Daup
inais + Marie-Laurence Rancourt
Directed by Laurence Dauphinais
Radio documentary directed by Magnéto – Marie-Laurence Rancourt + Daniel Capeille
Performed by Nancy Saunders + Ulivia Uviluk
Set Design Odile Gamache
Lighting Design Chantal Labonté
Music Antonin Wyss
Sound Joël Lavoie
Video Guillaume Vallée
Other members of the collective Audrey Alasuak + Mélodie Duplessis + Caroline Jutras Boisclair + Samantha Leclerc + Louisa Naluiyuk + Akinisie Novalinga
Assistant Director and Stage Manager Charlie Cohen
Set Design Assistant Nancy Saunders
Translated by Brett Donahue + Nicolas Pirti-Duplessis
Animation Camille Monette-Dubeau
Tour Manager Charlotte Ménard
Technical Director and Lighting Manager on tour Chann Delisle
Production Director of the original version Letícia Tórgo

Production and touring La Messe Basse
Created in association with Magnet
With the support of Nouveau Chapitre

Creative residencies Quai 5160, maison de la culture de Verdun + Ateliers de LA SERRE – arts vivants + Conseil des arts de Montréal

Presented in association with Théâtre Prospero

Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch

Premiered at Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui, on January 29, 2019



Anne-Marie Baribeau

Collectif Aalaapi (Nunavik + Montreal)

The Aalaapi Collective is a group of multidisciplinary artists, Inuit and non-Inuit, who banded together to make Aalaapi, which is both an audio documentary and a hybrid theatre piece that combines stage and radio performance.

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