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Kiviuq Returns: An Inuit Epic ()

Produced by

The Qaggiq Collective

Presented by

Tarragon Theatre

Director: Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Playwrights: Madeline Ivalu and Susan Avingaq and Miriam Aglukkaq and Quanaq Mikigak


Tarragon Theatre – Mainspace


January 4th, 2019 – January 27th, 2019


Journeying across the vast expanse of the Arctic, beset by treacherous creatures wreaking havoc on his world, Kiviuq gathers strength from his ancestors and spirit guides as he defends his people and fights his way home. Music, drumming, dance, and storytelling combine in this thrillingly modern evocation of the legendary figure of Kiviuq: hero, seeker, wanderer. Kiviuq Returns is performed entirely in Inuktitut, with English overviews of the Inuit epic stories provided in the programme and on our website. Before the play begins, there is also an English explanation of the importance of Inuktitut to Canadian theatre. (


Keenan Carpenter Bully / Seagull / Polar Bear / Lead Goose Dancer
Vinnie Karetak Hunter / Kiviuq / Wolf / Gosling Dancer
Avery Keenainak Seal / Orphan / Fox Woman / Skeleton / Goose Wife
Charlotte Qamaniq Huter / Angakkoq / Raven / Bee Woman / Gosling Dancer
Christine Tootoo Sea Woman / Bully / Kiviuq / Gosling Dancer
Natar Ungalaq Kiviuq / Wolverine / Skeleton
Jerry Laisa Understudy

Creative Team

Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory Director
Madeline Ivalu Elder
Susan Avingaq Elder
Miriam Aglukkaq Elder
Quanaq Mikigak Elder
Avery Keenainak Music for Fox Song
Rebecca Picherack Lighting Designer
Agaaqtoq Etak Music for Fox Song
Looee Arreak Costume Designer
Jamie Griffiths Projection Designer
Chris Coleman Sound Designer
Taqralik Partridge Poetry for Sea Woman


Avery Keenainak Accordion
Christine Tootoo Accordion


Jamie Griffiths Technical Director
Natashia Allakariallak Assistant Stage Manager
Jerry Laisa Running Crew
Scarlett Larry Stage Manager
Rico Manitok Assistant Technical Director


Carla Ritchie Production Manager
John Thomson Technical Director
Robyn Clarke Interim Head of Wardrobe
Shaw Forgeron Interim Head of Properties
Noel Wraight Head Carpenter
Jennifer Laws Mainspace Technician