PANGAEA ARTS PRESENTS
in partnership with Presentation House Theatre
ARVAARLUK: An Inuit Tale
Join us for a tale of Canada's far north in a new theatre-for-young-audiences play with breathtaking puppetry, masks, throat-singing and projections.
Starring acclaimed storyteller and author Michael Kusugak.
Brought to life by theatre artists from Pangaea Arts!
January 28 to February 2, 2014!
January 28, 29, 30: 10am and 1pm
January 31: 1pm
January 31: 7pm, February 1, 2: 1pm & 4pm
House Theatre in North
(333 Chesterfield Ave, North Vancouver)
Public performances Jan 31 - Feb 2
Please download this information as a printable brochure.
“These stories are fading rapidly. Inuit traditional stories are largely unknown. We do not live the way we did when I was a kid. My sons were the first generation brought up living in houses. The storyteller was replaced by books from the south and worse yet by a box called a TV... I want to restore, protect and revive the traditional stories that shaped me as a boy. We need to share them with other cultures in the world to see their true value.”
– Michael Kusugak
ARVAARLUK: AN INUIT TALE is a theatre-for-young-audiences play that brings to life traditional Inuit folktales and personal tales of Michael Kusugak's childhood growing up in Canada’s far north. From living with the threat of polar bears and hunting seals, to building igloos, the audience will hear and see firsthand the stories and images that shaped the imagination of one of Canada’s finest Inuit writers. Meet KAUGJAGJUK, a mistreated orphan boy who gains the strength to stand up for himself. Go undersea with NALIAJUK, who controls the sea creatures, and whose long hair gets tangled and knotted until she is calmed by a shaman.
This production brings a rich cultural tradition to life, combining Inuit storytelling and throat-singing with physical theatre, comedy, breathtaking puppetry, masks and costumes, while the audience is transported to the North using unique video projection techniques.
Language Arts: Storytelling, Folklore, Mythology
Social Studies: Geography, Culture, History, Cultural Characteristics of Canadian Society
Theatre Arts: Creative Expression, Puppetry, Mask, Costume, Music
Science: Environment, Behaviour of Animals
Arvaarluk: An Inuit Tale is a 50-minute play, suitable for grades K-7.
“Our students were captivated for the full 50 minutes. It was truly a magical
experience for both our k/1’s and our Grade 4/5s. They excitedly talked about
it on our whole transit trip home.
- Grandview/¿uuqinak'uuh Elementary School, Aboriginal Education Enhancement Teacher
“Remarkable production! It was funny, warm, moving and engaging. We loved
the audience participation!”
- Macdonald Elementary, David Butler
“As an educator I loved the price, and the opportunity to hear an Inuit
person describe his experiences. It was much more authentic than I, as a
Caucasian teacher, trying to explain what life is like for the Inuit. I thought
Michael was great as the narrator and enjoyed the actors, the stories, the
puppets, masks, polar bear, etc. It was very well done. The students liked
the stories so much they wished they could have heard more of them. They
loved the polar bear, the costumes, and the audience participation.”
- Queen Victoria Annex, Scott Lundell
About Michael Arvaarluk Kusugak
Michael is a gifted Inuit storyteller and performer, originally from Repulse Bay in Nunavut. He has written ten books that have been published and distributed throughout Canada, the United States and Internationally. Michael’s work has won the Ruth Schwartz Award for children’s literature and has been short listed for various other awards, including the Anskohk Aboriginal Award in Saskatchewan. Michael was awarded the prestigious Vicky Metcalf Award for a body of work in Children’s Literature in November 2008. For more information see michaelkusugak.com
Pangaea Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of: