May 13, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Tauvigjuaq (The Great Darkness)

Artcirq (Igloolik, NU)

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Artcirq will perform in the streets of Igloolik, on the day that marks the departure of the sun for the next ten weeks. Traditionally, the great darkness period, Tauvigjuaq, was associated with taboos. String games (very popular in every igloo) were forbidden, and old strings had to be cut, until the return of the sun in January for a new cycle of life. Artcirq will keep this tradition alive with ten artists and a large rope representing the ten fingers and a string, until it finally gets cut. The audience will watch from their windows, while the music for this act will play on Uqqallarvik, the local radio station. With Tauvigjuaq, Artcirq will offer a much needed and meaningful live performance while teaching and revitalizing traditional Inuit string games.

Date is subject to change. Exact time and location of this event to be confirmed. Please check here for updates.

As the performing arts sector continues to face unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National Arts Centre has responded with Grand Acts of Theatre, an initiative to bring Canadian artists and audiences together. Twelve of Canada’s most innovative theatre companies have been engaged to create and perform large-scale, new works in response to these times, which will be performed outdoors in front of live audiences in various Canadian locations, filmed, and later shared online.

This event will be photographed and recorded, with excerpts being presented online at a later date, so we are advising all attendees that by attending the event, individuals are deemed to consent to the recording of their image and use of their image in connection with recordings and photographs of the event, which may be published. All video recordings and images of the event captured by the organizers shall be the sole property of organizers and all rights of personality, publicity, privacy, or other rights of participants in recordings or photographs shall be deemed to have been waived.


  • Project Leader Jacky Qrunnut
  • Assistant Jimmy Qamukaq
  • Musicians Felix Boisvert, Rita-Claire Mike Murphy, Joshua Qaumariaq, Christine Tootoo, Terry Uyarak
  • Mentor Guillaume Saladin
  • Administration Florence Cardinal