The Breathing Hole / Aglu ᐊᒡᓗ

Indigenous arts Theatre Drama
  • In-person event

  • English
  • Ages 14+

  • Approx. 3 hours  with intermission
Performance options Start time Language Availability
Tuesday, December 6, 2022 11:00 am English Seats available

“Groundbreaking, deeply moving [...] if you can see this production, you MUST.”


In a masterful feat of stagecraft and imagination, The Breathing Hole brings to life the legendary tale of a polar bear cub adopted by an Inuk grandmother, carrying us through centuries of tumultuous contact between those who honour the North and those who exploit it.

The play is presented in English and Inuktut.  


  • By Colleen Murphy
  • With Siobhan Arnatsiaq-Murphy
  • Nattilingmiutut Language Direction Nilaulaaq Miriam Aglukkaq
  • Nattilingmiutut translation / Language Consultant / Surtitles Creator Janet Tamalik McGrath
  • renallta
    Director Reneltta Arluk
  • Mrs. Griffith Thomson / Crew #2 Martha Burns
  • Ibřuq / Atuguaq as an adult / Crew #1 / Qi'ngaqtuq Donoghue/ Marianne  Miali Buscemi
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    Maniilaq / Lee Malaya Qaunirq Chapman
  • Hummiktuq / Matson Day Else Charlem Danielsen
  • Steward #3 Nick Di Gaetano
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    Nukilik / Tuutalik Klaus Geisler
  • James Holloway / Steward #1 / Emergency Understudy: Nukilik and Tuutalik Jesse Gervais
  • gisle-henriet-cr-francisco-cruz
    Angu'řuaq (Puppeteer) Gisle Lars Henriet
  • Sir John Franklin / Mr. Griffith Thomson Randy Hughson
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    Higguk / Paningajak / 2nd Captain Vincent Colin Karetak
  • Atugauq at 8 / Qaakšaattiaq / Lucy Tara Kuppaq
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    Avinngaq / Ařgaiq / Steward #2 Salik Gudmundsen Lenner
  • Wickers / Dufort Bonnière Jamie Mac
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    Carter / Ainsworth Christopher Morris
  • Oliver Morshead / Rivera Garcia Alon Nashman
  • Ukuannuaq and Baby Polar Bear (Puppeteer) / Larkin / Puppetry Coach Joylyn Secunda
  • Bean / Roy aaron wells
  • Assistant Director Najattaajaraq Joelsen
  • Choreographer Shannon Litzenberger
  • carmen-braden-headshot
    Sound Designer/Composer Carmen Braden
  • daniela-masellis
    Set and Puppet Designer Daniela Masellis
  • samantha-mccue
    Costume Designer Samantha McCue
  • ann-leigh-vardy-nts
    Lighting Designer Leigh Ann Vardy
  • john-koensgen
    Fight Director John Koensgen
  • kirsten-catriona-hawson
    Dialect Coach / Vocal Direction, Polar Bears Kirsten Catriona Hawson
  • Surtitles Designer Kyle Ahluwalia
  • Assistant to the Language Director John Preston Iharrataitchuq Aglukkaq
  • Drumming Workshop Consultants/Cultural Support Elisabeth Jansen-Hadlari
  • attima-hadlari
    Drumming Workshop Consultants/Cultural Support Attima Hadlari
  • rebecca-eamon-campbell-headshot
    Stage Manager Rebecca Eamon Campbell
  • Stage Manager Laurie Champagne
  • c.-mears-headshot
    Assistant Stage Manager Caitlin Mears

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Learning and engagement at Canada’s National Arts Centre is made possible through the support of many generous individuals and organizations from across the country. Arts Alive is generously supported by the Azrieli Foundation, the Government of Nunavut, Canadian North, Calm Air, The River Philip Foundation, The Turnbull Family Community Building Foundation, and The Thomas Sill Foundation. Thank you also to Grant and Alice Burton, Canada Life, A Donor-Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Ottawa, Friends of the NAC Orchestra, Donors to the NAC Foundation's Future Fund, The Janice and Earle O’Born Fund for Artistic Excellence, and the donors and sponsors of the NAC’s National Youth and Education Trust, the primary resource for youth and education funding at the National Arts Centre.