Aatooq means “full of blood” in Kalaallisut, Laakkuluk’s Greenlandic mother tongue. In this film, we explore the spirit of blood - how we ingest it, create it and emit it. We honour blood as our life force.
Ikumagialiit ᐃᑯᒪᒋᐊᓖᑦ (those that need fire) is a performance art band with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Cris Derksen, Jamie Griffiths and Christine Tootoo. The Ikumagialiit quartet is egalitarian, bringing together four strong women from different disciplines, across generations. Ikumagialiit's premiere show was a part of Abadakone at the National Gallery of Canada and also played at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto before the pandemic. Aatooq is the quartet's newest work, where the four women pushed themselves to be creative and collaborative despite living in lockdown in three different communities.
Iqaluit, Kangiqlliniq (Rankin Inlet) and Tkaronto
AATOOQ (Full of Blood)
a film by Ikumagialiit Performance Art Band
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Cris Derksen, Jamie Griffiths, Christine Tootoo
Poetry, Performer, Choreography: Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Composer, Music Production: Cris Derksen
Vocals: Christine Tootoo
Video Artist: Jamie Griffiths
Costumes, Makeup: Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Kalaallisut (Greenlandic) Consultation: Karla Jessen Williamson
Seal hunted by: Davidee Qaumariaq
Children in film: Siloah and Siasi Debicki
Many thanks to the Inuit and Indigneous homelands that hold us and the families that love us.
Filmed in Nunavut, Canada
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