Performance / Recording


by Laurence Dauphinais

“Aalaapi” is about listening: Laurence Dauphinais’ multi-lingual company recounts the life-realities of Indigenous artists and invites us to slow down, to be consciously aware and open for encounters.

Laurence Dauphinais

Laurence Dauphinais

© Anne-Marie Baribeau

  • 1 h 20 min
  • In English and French and Inuktitut with English subtitles

Past Dates

Please take note:
Acoustics are an important part of this production, so please use headphones wherever possible.

After-show talk
on 18 May 2021 at 22:55

“Aalaapi” depicts a marginalised group that is hardly ever given a voice: the Inuit. With great skill, Laurence Dauphinais, radio creator Marie-Laurence Rancourt and the two performers Nancy Saunders and Ulivia Uviluk have designed a quiet and poetic work that uses documentary material to tell the story of Indigenous artists who oscillate between different realities of life: from a large Canadian city to remote places behind the Arctic Circle. “Aalaapi” invites the audience to experience an open encounter with the unknown, pointing beyond any real or imagined boundary.

Stückemarkt-juror Maria Nübling about the performance
In “Aalaapi”, Laurence Dauphinais and her multi-lingual company give us a glimpse into a way of life that we rarely hear about: the life of the Inuit community in Northern Canada. The show provides marginalised voices and stories with a space to be heard and witnessed. Together with her cast, Laurence Dauphinais has created a performance that is captivating in its simplicity and calm and unfolds an incredible poetry in all its pureness. It invites us to pause, to take stock of ourselves, to be patient and ready to listen. “Aalaapi” is Inuktitut for “Be quiet so that you can hear something beautiful”. And that is precisely what it is: The entire performance is a gesture of respectful encounter, calling us to face the world with mindfulness and to identify appreciation of each other as the cornerstone of a solidary practice.

Artistic Team

Collective Aalaapi Concept and production
Laurence Dauphinais Idea and concept
Marie-Laurence Rancourt Idea
Magnéto (Marie-Laurence Rancourt, Daniel Capeille) Radio documentation
Odile Gamache Set design
Chantal Labonté Lighting design
Antonin Wyss Music
Joël Lavoie, Jérôme Guillaume Sound design
Guillaume Vallée Video
Audrey Alasuak, Mélodie Duplessis, Caroline Jutras Boisclair, Samantha Leclerc, Louisa Naluiyuk, Akinisie Novalinga Further members of the collective
Charlie Cohen Assistant director
Nancy Saunders Assistant set design
Brett Donahue, Nicolas Pirti-Duplessis Translation
Camille Monette-Dubeau Animation
Charlotte Ménard Tour management
Amélie-Claude Riopel Technical management
Josée Fontaine-Rubi Technical management and lighting on tour
La Messe Basse Production management and touring
Letícia Tórgo Production management of the original version

Nancy Saunders, Ulivia Uviluk

In cooperation with Magnéto and supported by 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 Gilles-Vigneault.

null    Calq    Conseil des arts de Montreal

La Messe Basse    Canada Council