Electric Company Theatre is one of a group of performing arts companies from across the country that are commissioning ultra-short works in response to the question:
– David Yee (Artistic Director of fu-GEN Theatre Co.)
The national Transformations project is being hosted by the National Arts Centre of Canada, and is featuring work from some of Canada’s most innovative artists in video, audio and text. This project recognizes a desire among Canada’s arts workers for our country to move towards a more equitable system.
Check out the Transformations as of October 20– they’re all free!
Uqara Aallanngurialik: Tongue Transformation by Tiffany Ayalik
Tiffany Ayalik is from Yellowknife, NT and is Inuit from the Kugluktuk region. It was in the North, listening to stories from her elders, that she discovered her love of storytelling, and the powerful change that hearing a story can bring about. After receiving her Diploma in Acting from Red Deer College, she continued her studies at the University of Alberta, and graduated ‘With Distinction’ with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting. Tiffany travels across Canada and has performed in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Finland and in Europe sharing her blend of story, song, movement, and improv.
Tiffany hosts a TV show called “Wild Kitchen” where she meets interesting people who are closely connected to the land and the food they harvest. “Wild Kitchen” is enjoyed across the North and in 47 million homes in the US on First Nations Experience (FNX). As a host, she shares her Inuit perspective and land use teachings with her guests as they collaborate on harvesting and cooking a meal. As a film actor, Tiffany’s work can be seen at many international film festivals. In Canada you can see her as Daphne in CBC’s “A Christmas Fury” the spin-off of cult classic “Hatching Matching and Dispatching” and on CBC’s “Little Dog”. Tiffany writes for film, tv and theatre and was a musical director and sketch writer for Mary Walsh’s touring comedy show, “Canada, it’s Complicated”.
She produces film and media with her company, Copper Quartz Media based out of Yellowknife, NT. Tiffany also writes and records an Inuit life radio column for CBC Radio which is syndicated nationally. When she isn’t touring, performing or composing, Tiffany enjoys teaching and is a guest faculty member at The Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and works with musicians, dancers and storytellers. Tiffany is a Juno Award winner and often collaborates with sister, Inuksuk Mackay in their katajjaq (Inuit throat singing) band, PIQSIQ. They have two albums out (Altering the Timeline and Quviasugvik: In Search of Harmony). Catch her next on the animated series, “Molly of Denali” on PBS and CBC and as the co-host for the 2020 Indspire Awards airing on all CBC platforms.
Tiffany is a strong advocate for Inuit language and culture and is actively involved in learning Inuinnaqtun. As an artist, she is always finding ways to take traditional teachings and apply them in modern, dynamic ways.