Soleil Launière is Pekuakamiulnu from Mashteuiatsh and lives and works in Tiöhtià:ke–Mooniyang (Montréal). A multidisciplinary artist and director, they combine performance art, movement, theatre and song, intertwining the notion of the two-spirited body with experimental audiovisuals while drawing inspiration from the cosmogony and sacred spirit of the animals of the Innu world. Their practice explores themes of silences and universal languages.
Since 2008, Soleil has created several performances for Indigenous and non-Indigenous artistic gatherings and events, both within and outside conventional presenting networks across the continents.
Between 2019 and 2021, they presented their first production, Umanishish, directed by Xavier Huard at Usine C; co-directed (with Patrice Dubois) Courir l’Amérique at the Théâtre de Quat’Sous; presented Sheuetamu, created with the support of the Indigenous Artists in Residence program at the National Theatre School of Canada; and directed Meshtitau, presented at the Festival TransAmériques international dance and theatre festival.
They wrote, co-directed and performed Akuteu, a solo show presented at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui from April 21 to May 7, 2022.
In July 2020, Soleil founded their own company, Production AUEN.