Polishing up the show to help with the professional development of Arviat Nunavut’s Qaggiqtiit Cultural Performers

Via Scoop.itNunavut

Visiting performance coaches Guillaume Saladin and Aaju Peter share a laugh with Arviat Qaggiqtiit manager Lois Suluk Locke, middle, in Arviat this past week. – photo courtesy of Mike Robbins   Polishing up the show Darrell Greer
Northern News Services
Published Wednesday, February 29, 2012 ARVIAT [excerpt] A pair of successful, seasoned professionals shared their expertise with students and cultural performers in Arviat this past week. Guillaume Saladin and Aaju Peter were in Arviat to help with the professional development of Arviat’s Qaggiqtiit Cultural Performers, said Mike Robbins of The Tourism Company, who is helping implement the Arviat Community Ecotourism (ACE) initiative. Saladin is well-known for his work in Iglulik, creating the world’s only Inuit circus. “He’s developed a real expertise in putting on performances and presenting to audiences and tourists,” said Robbins. “This is the fourth time we’ve had Guillaume come to work with the cultural performers. “Lois Suluk-Locke, the leader of Qaggiqtiit, will periodically ask to bring him back for another series of training workshops when she feels the group is ready, and, if the budget allows, we have him come and spend a week. “He also works with others in the community who deal with tourists, including those involved with the caribou-skin-tent program and our community hosts.” Robbins said Saladin helps professionalize the cultural performance. He said Suluk-Locke and the performers actually create the performance, but Saladin helps “polish it” for presentation. “They’re becoming increasingly professional in how the whole performance is put together and how they present themselves. “Aaju (Peter) is a well-known Inuk from Greenland, now living in Iqaluit, who has done a lot of work with the cruise-ship company Adventure Canada. […]
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