IKUMAGIALIIT ᐃᑯᒪᒋᐊᓖᑦ (those that need fire) is a quartet performance art band with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Cris Derksen, Jamie Griffiths and Christine Tootoo.
LAAKKULUK WILLIAMSON BATHORY
is an artist that applies her study of uaajeerneq (Greenlandic mask dancing) and understandings of Inuit philosophies into many genres, from performance art and theatre to writing and curatorial work.
Co-winner of the 2018 Dora Award for most outstanding play (Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools) and of the inaugural Kenojuaq Ashevak Memorial Award from the Inuit Art Foundation, Laakkuluk is the first Artistic Director of Qaggiavuut, a nonprofit society in Nunavut supporting Inuit artists and advocating for a Nunavut performing arts centre.
Laakkuluk lives in Iqaluit with her husband and three children.
In a world where almost everything — people, music, cultures — get labelled and slotted into simple categories, Cris Derksen represents a challenge. Originally from Northern Alberta she comes from a line of chiefs from NorthTall Cree Reserve on her father’s side and a line of strong Mennonite homesteaders on her mother’s.
The Juno nominated classically trained cellist and composer braids the traditional and contemporary, weaving her classical background and her Indigenous ancestry together with new school electronics to create genre-defying music. As composer Cris has a foot in many worlds, 2019 compositions include: Maada’ookii Songlines, a Mass Choral event for 200 singers commissioned by Luminato; Rebellion, a short symphonic piece commissioned by the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra; and Iron Peggy, A Vancouver Childrens Fest Performance.
is a digital artist, performer, and filmmaker. Jamie emigrated to British Columbia in 1989 from the UK, travelling widely with projects before moving to Nunavut in 2015.
Early hardcore photography in the LGBTQI cultures of the 1980’s and 90’’s morphed into experimental film installations and projections in theatre, opera, new music and dance. Jamie uses custom and hacked technologies to dig into humanity’s failings and triumphs on topics of identity, colonialism, transparency and displacement.
Projects with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory include Silaup Putunga (Tunnirrusiangit) at the Art Gallery of Ontario (permanent collection), Timiga Nunalu, Sikulu (exhibiting in #CallResponse and Among All These Tundras, Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery ). Solo projects include White Liar (De La Warr Pavilion, UK) and Wild New Territories (Foundling Museum, UK, Berlin Botanical Gardens, Simon Fraser Gallery, BC). Projection designs include The Edward Curtis Project and The Road Forward by Marie Clements (Ottawa & Vancouver), Language is a Virus from Outer Space by Gavin Bryars/Richard Strange (Queen Elisabeth Hall, UK) and Kiviuq Returns by Qaggiavuut (National Arts Centre, Ottawa).
is an enigmatic and captivating actor in film and theatre, recently starring and collaborating in Kiviuq Returns, Qaggiavuut’s Inuit theatre epic that toured southern and northern Canada in 2017, and starred as Ani in the feature film Iqaluit by Quebec Director Benoit Pilon in 2016.
Christine has toured as a drummer and throat singer with the Inuksuk Drum Dancers to Ottawa, Iqaluit and Greenland, and she is a button accordion player, mentoring with renowned Nunavut masters Simeonie Keenainak, Zeebedee Nungaq and Jeannie Nungaq.
Most recently, Christine has facilitated youth workshops throughout Nunavut in the Inuit performing arts, and performed in Unikkaaqtuat (The Old Stories) presented by the NAC’s Indigenous Theatre and supported by the NAC’s National Creation Fund, with a nine city tour across Canada.
Rico is from Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. He has been working in technical arts since 2017. He has been the Assistant Technical Director of Qaggiavuut production Kiviuq Returns since 2017, touring many communities of Nunavut, including Iqaluit as well as to Banff Centre, Isabel Bader Centre in Kingston, Harbourfront Centre and Tarragon Theatre in Toronto. In January 2020, Rico trained as Stage Manager with Kiinalik: These Sharp Tools in Ottawa at the National Arts Centre / Great Canadian Theatre Company. Rico is passionate about Inuit empowerment through the arts as is also an avid hunter and builder of Inuit tools. He is currently based in Iqaluit with his partner Christine Tootoo.
ROB SCHAREIN special mention
is a computer programmer and artist, who specialises in advanced custom software for the arts. Rob collaborated with Jamie on the custom live drawing software (called HyperSketch) that is used in Ikumagialiit.