UKI (survivor) aims to shed light on the relationship between two women of different cultures (Inuit and Spanish) and ages, belonging to very distant landscapes (the Arctic and the Mediterranean sea), both with a strong will to share their passions and to overcome fears and prejudices, both with a migration experience that took them away from their native lands. Uki means survivor in Inuktitut language. In this duet Avatâra and Naulaq LeDrew will dig deep into their cultural traditions, aiming to value and recognise the beauty of intergenerational relationships, through art and dance. What can emerge from such an unexpected encounter?
CREDITS Direction and concept: Avatâra Ayuso Performance: Naulaq Ledrew and Avatâra Ayuso Costume design: Naulaq Ledrew and Avatâra Ayuso Lighting: Falk Dittrich Sound design: Daniel Williams Dramaturgy: Ignacio Vleming and Carmen Mehnert Stage design: Avatâra Ayuso Props artists: Ralph Schuhholz (wind mill), Javier Medina (mask) Production Assistant Apprentice: Amy Hull Throat singing: Alika Komangapik and Alassua Hanson Total duration: 55min Premiere: 8th May 2018 at the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau
Production by European Centre for the Arts Hellerau and AVA Dance Company With the support of Embassy of Canada in Germany, Embajada de España en Alemania, British Council and Embajada de España en Canadá Special thanks to Toronto Inuit Association, Qaggiavuut Nunavut Performing Arts, London-Sheffield Radiology Group, an anonymous donor from the UK, Sope Owoaje (City of Iqaluit, Nunavut), Silke Abendschein, Natashia Allakariallak and Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy.
"Inuit have a cultural bond with landscape and waterscape. Our family is land and water, just as parents and cousins and siblings are. This familial relationship has briefly been disrupted by colonization. Dance, collaborative creativity, the movement between generations, the coming together of two different cultures is a beautiful way of exploring relationship. Naulaq is our ambassador and Avatâra is our ally." Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Artistic Director Qaggiavuut, Nunavut Performing Arts Center)
"It means a lot to me to spread my cultural existence and my heritage to people of another country, and help Inuit culture to be recognised throughout the world. I’m very grateful to Avatâra for facilitating this cultural exchange. I’m looking forward to our research and time together in Iqaluit and Dresden and I hope we can bring it back to the Canadian audiences" Naulaq LeDrew
“An encounter, a myth, home, a hunt, an island, a playground, a deep blue and a road to nowhere (and everywhere). These have been some of the stages of our creative journey: the place where our lands, cultures and worlds have come together” Avatâra Ayuso