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Critic's picks: PIQSIQ, Ballet Victoria, Im:print

Inuit throat-singing sisters Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik return to Victoria next week, Ballet Victoria opens its season with a nod to Broadway, and Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and UVic’s Department of Theatre partner on Im:print.
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Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik, left, and Kayley Inuksuk Mackay of PIQSIQ. HANDOUT

PIQSIQ

Where: Farquhar Auditorium, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd.

When: Wednesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.

Tickets: $36 from the UVic Ticket Centre (250-721-8480) or tickets.uvic.ca

Why: Inuit throat-singing sisters Kayley Inuksuk Mackay and Tiffany Kuliktana Ayalik return next week to Victoria — where the duo has done very well in the past — for the second instalment of UVic’s Voices In Circle series. The Yellowknife-raised, Vancouver-based PIQSIQ (pronounced pilk-silk) had a very successful summer, in which they opened for Buffy Sainte-Marie, and carry into their largely improvised show some considerable momentum. The siblings merge modern accompaniment with traditional Inuit throat-singing, the results of which resemble the Inuktut term “piqsiq” — a storm in which winds rage in manner that sends snow skyward. PIQSIQ also perform Tuesday at the Tidemark Theatre in Campbell River.

BROADWAY ON POINTE

Where: Kirk Hall, St. Andrew’s Cathedral, 680 Courtney St.

When: Oct. 7-23

Tickets: $50 from the Ballet Victoria box office (250-380-6063) or bvtheatre.ca

Why: Ballet Victoria’s season opener is a one-act ballet paired with some of Broadway’s most iconic material. The program includes a series of vignettes set around a park bench choreographed to Bach’s cello suites, and one new creation not yet revealed. What we do know is that the music performance includes hits from Broadway staples Chicago, Kiss Me Kate, and Sweet Charity, in addition to the 1937 film Shall We Dance. Ballet Victoria’s season continues with The Nutcracker (in December), Amadeus (March), and Peter Pan (May).

IM:PRINT

Where: Chief Dan George Theatre, University of Victoria, 3800 Finnerty Rd.

When: Oct. 6-8, Oct. 13-15

Tickets: $16-$26 from the Phoenix Box Office (250-721-8000) or finearts.uvic.ca/theatre/mainstage/tickets

Why: Im:print is a community co-production featuring an array of artists and facilitators (including Paulina Grainger, Monique Salez, Yasmine Kandil, and Krystal Cook) from the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria and UVic’s Department of Theatre. Designed to deliver stories from often-marginalized communities, the six-performance series includes music, dance, and storytelling, and features predominantly local BIPOC artists. Win-win.

mdevlin@timescolonist.com

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