Join Playwrights Canada Press for a virtual conversation between author Colleen Murphy and translator Janet Tamalik McGrath on the publication process for The Breathing Hole | Aglu ᐊᒡᓗ. Moderated by Reneltta Arluk, who directed the Stratford Festival world premiere, the conversation will illuminate how the play was fully translated into Nattilingmiutut for publication, the creative partnership with Inuit community members and artists, and how the play addresses the climate emergency.
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Stories of the Canadian Arctic intersect in this epic five-hundred-year journey led by a one-eared polar bear.
In 1535, Hummiktuq, an Inuk widow, has a strange dream about the future. The next day, she discovers a bear cub floating on ice near a breathing hole. Despite the concerns of her community, she adopts him and names him Angu’řuaq. In 1845, Angu’řuaq and his mate Ukuannuaq wander into a chance meeting between explorers from the Franklin Expedition and Inuit hunters. Later, when the explorers are starving, the bears meet them again. By 2035, entrepreneurs are assessing degrees of melting ice for future opportunities. Angu’řuaq encounters the passengers and crew of a luxury cruise ship as it slinks through the oily waters of the Northwest Passage.
Humorous and dramatic, The Breathing Hole | Aglu ᐊᒡᓗ is a profound saga that traces the paths of colonialism and climate change to a deeply moving conclusion.