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  • 1998. The Inuusiq Youth Drama Group is created with the support of Cirque Éloize and Isuma Productions.  
  • 1999. National Circus School students Geneviève Pepin, Jan-Julien Bonzon, Yann Graal, Bartlomiej Soroczynski, Karine Delzors and Guillaume Saladin make their way to Igloolik. They host circus workshops and mount a show for the community. A 10 day hunting camp is organized in which the Inuit initiate the Qallunaat to camp life in the North. The spirit of Artcirq is born.
  • 2000. Artcirq founding circus artists return for another summer to Igloolik with Guillaume Montels and Jade Morin. Workshops and 2 performances are offered to the community. These activities are filmed and the documentary Artcirq is produced the following year.
  • 2001. Circus artists return yet again to Igloolik performing 4 times and screening the documentary Artcirq. The film is also featured at the festival Terres en Vues in Montreal.
  • ??/2002. Three young artists from Igloolik travel to Montreal to train in circus arts training for three weeks at the École de Cirque de Verdun. This is made possible with the support from Cirque Éloize. Circus artist Patrick Léonard from Les 7 doigts de la main joins the team in this adventure.
  • ??/2002. Igloolik artists return home, perform their own creation to the community, and lead circus workshops for youth.  This marks the beginning of circus training by Inuit for Inuit in Inuktitut.
  • ??/2002. The Qallunaat accompanying the Inuit artists depart and the Inuit artists run youth circus workshops independently for the first time.
  • 2003. Many Inuk dream of creating the first ever Inuit circus and going on tour! The non-Inuit members of the Artcirq group are also dedicated to this dream!
  • 2004. Artcirq Inuit artists form the rock band The Eskiez with other Igloolik musicians.
  • ??/2004. Collaboration to the creation of an inter-art show called “Kaujjagjjuk”, with more than 20 children and teenagers (juggling, acrobatics, throat singing, dance, music, etc.). Realization of a DVD about the show, watched locally in Igloolik.
  • 2005. Writing of a fiction feature film about the life of youth in the Canadian Arctic of today. Shooting started in the end of 2005 and will continue until 2007. With the arrival of the coordinator Guillaume Saladin in Igloolik, circus and theatrical workshops resume for the community, as well as the holdings of rock concerts at the youth centre, etc…
  • 2006.
    _January. On January 16, 2006: Return of the Sun Celebrations, live webcast for a global audience of more than 200 persons. Motion pictures projection for the residents of Igloolik at the community centre. Beginning of the circus workshops open to all, once a week. Partnership with the Igloolik Hamlet for the use of the former public pool site as a creation and practice venue for some twenty young people, 6 days a week, 3 hours a day.
  • _March. On March 30, first live performance of the company, Oaraya, during the Baffin Regional Youth Committee (BRYC) week, before an audience of 400 people bringing together the 18 communities of the Baffin Island, followed by a workshop for the BRYC members.
  • _April. Production of the short film 407 and invitation of three Artcirq members to Dublin, Ireland, in residence at the Dublin Project Arts Center. Delivery of seminars, live performances, circus workshops and Inuit games, projection of short films produced by Artcirq. Plans to go in Europe again with the whole company in 2007… 
  • _May. Coming of Claude Schryer, from the Arts Canada Council, for the happening of Oaraya, premiered at the Igloolik community centre.
  • _June. Practices carried on at the former pool, and arrival of the Cirque Éloize head trainer Krzysztof Soroczynski, and clown Bartlomiej Soroczynski, for a three-week traineeship with the young artists. Live circus performance at the graduation ceremony for the Graduates 2006, and fishing trip organized by Artcirq.
  • _Historical First. On June 26, 2006, for the very first time in the Canadian Inuit history, three Inuit stand on top of each other (3 men high) on a pack!
  • _July. Arrival of Marjorie Nantel, contortionist, Antoine Carabinier-Lépine, acrobat, and Karine Delzors, flyer, for two to three-week stays in collaboration with the Cirque Éloize… Holding of many live performances and of a hunting and circus camp weekend, offering a nice blend of raw seal meat and trampoline… Preparation and set up of the first Artcirq tour in another community, Hall Beach, and transportation of the 25 participants by three boats. Presentation of Oaraya and delivery of a workshop, by the young people of Igloolik, for the young people of Hall Beach.
  • _August / September / October. Resumption of the circus workshops, research and creation by the Inuit actress Lucy Tulugarjuk at the Community Center three times a week. Editing of Bruce Haulli's short film by Kenneth Rasmussen, helped by Solomon Uyaraasuk, Some planning in order to welcome 10 Artcirq's members in Montreal, Quebec, at the end of October 2006, with the collaboration of Igloolik Isuma ProductionsCirque Éloize and First Air.
  • _Christmas 2006. First show done without Guillaume Saladin in Igloolik!
  • 2007.
    _January. Coming of DJ Wivi Alexis Bowles from Cirque Éloize. First live DJ in Igloolik, he animated a DJ night at the Igloolik Community Center. Return of the Sun Celebration live on the web with streaming camera and music. Creation and recording of music for ongoing film projects. Sunday music on the local radio.
  • Coming of Yamoussa Bangoura, an acrobat, African dancer and percussionist. Workshops of African dance and acrobatics. Three shows in Igloolik, with workshops in elementary school and high school. Live music on local radio. New recordings of music and shows. Fishing trip on Baffin Island.
  • _February. Artcirq takes part of the Indegenous Film Network (IFN) TourTerry UyarakJacky QrunnutSolomon Uyarasuk and Bruce Haulli are travelling along with Isuma Productions folks to present The Journal of Knud Rasmussen in several Inuit communities in Nunavut, Nunavik, Yukon and North-West Territories, as well as to perform as circus artists. Two short-films were presented, Artcirq and407, and a show was presented in Iqualuit for a first time without Guillaume Saladin outside Igloolik!
  • _March. Coming of Felix Pharand D., anthropologist, science communicator and designer, in Igloolik. Graphical works, electronical tools, posters and brainstorming. Production of the short-film Maanna (now), which is about global warming and the way it may be perceived by an Inuk. Multimedia presentation on global warming for High School students.
  • _April. Coming of Karine Delzors in Igloolik aiming to create, along with Guillaume Saladin and Artcirq's artists, a show at the end of the month. She helps to prepare a tour: Iqaluit, Montrant and Povugnituq (Nunavik). Return in haste of Artcirq in Igloolik to present its show to the members of Global Warming 101 expedition.
  • _May_June. Prepartion for the Alianait Festival. Hunting trip on Baffin Island. Video productions.
  • _July. Participation during the opening ceremony of Alianait Festival in Iqaluit. Performance of our full show, Oaraya, with Bartlomiej Soroczynski as invited artist. 14 members of Artcirq were présent. It has been a huge success!
  • _August_September. Preparation for the event in Monterrey, Mexico.
  • _Octobre. Four members of Artcirq fly down to Monterrey, Mexcio, first trip out of Canada for them. They participate to a historical meeting with trois circus companies: Les 7 Doigts de la Main (Montreal), Cirko Dementes (Mexico) et Artcirq (Igloolik). Thanks to Qaggiq Theatreof Iqaluit for its financial contribution and its moral support.
  • Besides, Artcirq has given a one-week formation to 20 local artists: circus workshops, danse, theatre, music et video projections. Finally, 3 imporvised presentations were shown with the 3 companies at Feria del Libro, in partnership with UNESCO.
  • _October. Official invitation of Artcirq to the Festival au Désert of Timbuktu, in Mali, from 10 to 12 of January 2008!
  • On October 17, Lucy TulugarjukBruce Haulli and Kenneth Rasmussen were in Toronto to present Issaittuq at the Imagine Native Festival.
  • _November. Coming of Jessica Arpin, circus artist and adventurer. Worshops on juggling, yoga, circus show at the Community Hall.
    Preparation of Artcirq.tv Shows on NITV and production of the first TV show on the local network - soon available on the Internet: isuma.tv.
  • _December. Departure of Jessica Arpin, creation, production et realisation of a music demo, Artcirq, including 3 local bands et 2 international musicians. Circus workshop for Igloolik community, show at the Community Hall, recording of TV shows, NITV - soon available on Isuma.tv.
  • Production of two documentaries: Fibonacci Laboratory and Amazonia 2007. See Isuma.tv. Preparations for the trip in Timbuktu. Preparation fo the Christmas Show.
  • 2008.
    _January. Departure of 8 artists from Nunavut to Timbuktu, Mali, to present a short version of their show Oaraya. Amazing cultural exchange and thermal shock of over a hundred degrees. Artcirq had a chance to meet other African artists and to share music, stories and friendship. At the ending ceremony, Artcirq performed along with a sacred Dogon traditional percussion ensemble. It was the first time this ensemble opened their sacred music to other non-Dogon musicians. Timbuktu's Festival of the Desert was the reason for Artcirq to travel so far, but it opened possibilities to screen videos and to perform in Bamako's Centre Culturel Français. Street performances were offered to the public in different locations of Bamako during the screening of Attanarjuat, in collaboration with Cinéma Numérique Ambulant. Thank you to the Embassy of Canada for their logistic and human support throughout the whole trip.
  • _February. We came back safe and alive from Africa and started a Canadian tour: Beaumont, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa and Cambridge Bay.
  • _March. Creation and development of the new show, Oatiaroi (Wait), about global warming from an Inuit hunter point of view.
  • _April. After a few public performances in Igloolik, Artcirq fly to France with fourteen artists and a documentarist to attend the Inuit Festival of Annecy, in collaboration with Karine Delzors and Jessica Arpin.
  • _May. Creation and development of Oatiaroi in Igloolik and logistic preparation for the upcomming Fibonacci Project in Igloolik. Recording session in Montreal of the Artcirq music cd—Artcirq Jam—by dj Wivi (Alexis Bowles, Bécube Productions), Derek Aqqiaruq,Terry Uyarak and designed by Globaïa. Release 2008.
  • _June. Arrival of thirteen artists from Mexico and Montreal to create a unique performance that will tour in Nunavut, Montreal and Mexico. To make this historical cultural exchange happen, Artcirq leads a one-week hunting trip on Baffin Island, to give the southern artists the chance to feel the Arctic beat. After three free shows in Igloolik at the High School, the whole group - 29 members - open the Alianait Festival in Iqaluit for three sold-out representations. Premiere of Oatiaroi. In addition to this project, Igloolik Isuma Productions filmed the whole process and did the impossible by streaming live on Isuma.tv the entire Alianait Festival! For the first time, the Arctic remoteness vanishes in one click. Fortified by this success, the Fibonacci troop gave workshops and performed in Kuujjuaq, including local youth in the show. Thank you Sylvia Cloutier.
  • _July. Oatiaroi is shown during the Quebec City's 400th Anniversary Celebrations. It was the opportunity to collaborate for the first time withAK Bangoura, brother of Artcirq's long-time collaborator Yamoussa Bangoura. This Inuit-African collaboration is full of promisses and opens on rich perspectives for both cultures. Ongoing meetings are discussing future projects to further developp this Inuit-African cultural exchange.
  • Beginning ot the Fibonacci residency in Montreal's Tohu and presentation of three acclaimed shows.
  • _August. After a year full of travels, challenges and rich cultural experiences, a holiday is most welcomed, even prescribed to all Artcirq members, to take time to feel themselves and look for more inside dreams.
  • _September. Development and shooting of a documentary, "Pitaqangituq" on global warming in the North, a partnership between Igloolik Isuma Productions, Artcirq, Globaïa and Cinic Films. You can watch the trailer at www.youtube.com/globaia
  • _October-November. Yamoussa and AK Bangoura come to Igloolik to work with Artcirq. Two performances are given to the community at the Attagutaalukk High School. Music acrobatic and juggling workshops are given to the members.
  • _December. Artcirq is invited to present its videos and 4 performances at the Arctic Change 2008 in Quebec City. Standing ovation from the crowd, and many contacts are made for future performances around the world. Artcirq perform for the first time with Lucie Idlaut on stage. Amazing experience!
  • 2009.
     Artcirq is moving its training area from the old swimming pool in the community hall of Igloolik, to the Kipsigak arena, in the curling lobby. At the same time, Artcirq, in collaboration with Igloolik Hockey Association, is opening a café at the Kipsigak Arena's cantina. Expresso, capuccino, café latté, hot chocolate and more are served by youth members of Artcirq.
  • _January-February. Artcirq is going to Mexico City and Veracruz to create the last Fibonacci project, along with Cirko Demente and 7 Fingers of the Hand, for a 4 weeks creation and 8 shows, all sold out, in partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Canadian North, Ministry of Culture and Arts of Mexico, and the City of Mexico.
  • _March. Artcirq collaborate with Arnait video Group from Igloolik, in Mexico, to a tour a screening of the awarded movie "Before Tomorrow". Workshops, video screenings and performances are organized in 4 indigenous communities, in the Oaxaca region. The main theme for the exchange is mining development and indigenous issues, in both realities, North and South. A video is in production about this unique experience.
  • _March. Artcirq is invited by the Inukshuk Inuit Cultural Institue of Paris and by The Canadian Embassy of Paris, to represent Nunavut at the 10th celebration of the Nunavut territory. Six performances are presented there and one at the Ambassador house, along with Peter Irniq who is also invited by the Canadian embassy to build an Inukshuk in Paris. Karine Delzors, co-founder of Artcirq, is performing with the troop in France. Special guest artist: Celina Kalluk.
  • _April. Artcirq is welcoming the Compagnie K, a mask and percussion theater company from Paris, to Igloolik. Bruno Besnainou and Khagan, two of the co-founder, are collaborating with Artcirq in different workshops, and presenting 3 performances, at the Igloolik High School and the Community Call, reintroducing mask theater to local audience, and giving an amazing opportunity to the Artcirq members to play with mask. Huge success!
  • _April. Artcirq expedition: 21 people plus 3 babies are traveling by snow mobile, from Igloolik to Pond Inlet, to Clyde River, to present its show, and give workshops to local youth. During this 3 weeks trip, all of the Artcirq members learned a lot about their land, the way to live in small community, and to discover what the Baffin Island looks like on the east side. Memorable moment. Alexandre Domingue from Postmodern Productions, is filming along the way, as well as Artcirq crew. In collaboration with CLEY, Nunavut Film, Igloolik Isuma Production, Hamlet of Clyde River and Pond Inlet.
  • _May. Igloolik: restart of open workshops to local youth of Igloolik, in our new training area, development of new act, creation of music, and editing of the Artcirq expedition documentary.
  • _June. Artcirq celebrate its 10th years!
  • Artcirq and the Guineen Circus Troup Kalabanté are invited to collaborate for the Alianait Festival, Iqaluit.
  • Presentation in Ottawa of 5 shows for the National Aboriginal Day on June 21st.
  • _July. Artcirq performs 3 times for the Northern Art Festival in Inuvik, NWT.
  • _August. The training for theVancouver 2010 Olympics Games's show starts in Iqaluit with the collaboration of Kaiva hip hop crew.
  • _October. Artcirq present performances and workshops at the Kikis Pupet and Mime Festival, Greece.
  • _November. Opening of the new training space and the Artcirq's Coffee Shop at the Kikpigak Arena.
  • _December. Artcirq performs at the Copenhaguen Climate Change Conference (COP-15), Danemark.
  • 2010.
     Performance at the Northern Lights Trade Show, Montreal.
  • _Febuary. Performance at the Vancouver's Olympics Games, BC.
  • _April-May. Exchange and performance at the Lido Circus School, located in Toulouse, France.
  • _June. Performance at the Inuit Circumpolar Counsil Conference in Nuuk, Greenland.
  • _July. Shooting of 2 environnemental publicities for an anti-littering campain of the Environnement Department of Nunavut.
  • Recording in Igloolik of the second music CD entitled Made in Igloolik with the participation of DJ Wivi (Alexis Bowles).
  • Collaboration with N.A.I.P at the Alianait Festival, Iqaluit
  • Projection of Artcirq Expedition 2009 at the First People's "Festival Présence autochtone" of Montréal.
  • _August. First edition of Nunaqpa, one week trekking on Baffin island.
  • _October-November. One the most ambitious project in our history. This collaboration process brought four members of Kalabanté Productions to Igloolik for a two-weeks residence. Thisresulted in a series of African dance classes, percussion workshops and public presentations of a circus show created by the two companies. The second act of this partnership was to bring seven Inuit to Guinée Conakry, along with two artists from France and Switzerland. Two weeks of African amazing experiences was shared by all. Inuit video screenings, workshops for youth and a first encounter between two cultures took place.
  • 2011.
     Participation of Artcirq at the Corporate fundraising Hockey Challenge in Igloolik. Congratulation to the team that leaded to the quarter of final!
  • Renovation and opening of the Coffee shop at the Kipsigak arena's Canteen in Igloolik. We are proud to offer lattés, hot chocolate and homemade fresh goods!
  • Artcirq is invited to Pangnirtung for 3 days of workshops and performances.
  • _April. The well-knowned antropologist Bernard Saladin d'Anglure and his wife, Françoise Morin, spend two weeks in Igloolik to complete some research work. They also shoot the legend of Tivajuq with 5 members of Artcirq and Carol Kunnuk from Isuma Productions.
  • _May. Guillaume is invited to the Arviat community as cultural advisor for the ecotourisim project ACE.
  • _June. Participation at hte second edition of Rockin Walrus Festival.
  • Pitaqangittuq film is presented at the Dreamspeakers Festival in Edmonton.
  • _July. Résidency of the Architect/Artist Catherine Rannou.
  • World premiere of Tulugak, Inuit Raven Stories at the Alianait Arts Festival in Iqaluit, Nunavut. Several Artcirq members collaborate with other Nunavut, Nunavik and Greenlandics artists for the performance of this newwork developed by Sylvia Cloutier.
  • _August. Karina Bleau, professional puppeter from Montreal, comes to Igloolik to give a serie of workshop about shadow theater.
  • Second edition of the Nunaqpa, trekking on Baffin Island.
  • _September. The International Yellowknife Film Festival present Derek Aqqiraruq's new documentary; The Northern Haze:  Living the Dream.
  • Artcirq's public service announcement entitled Raven, made in collaboration with the Nunavut Department of Environement to sensibilize the youth to environemental issues, has won an Award of Merit from the Accolade Competition 2011.
  • Artcirq coordinate a one-week camp for two elders in the community to teach traditional skills to younger girls. Based out on the land in the Iviisarurtuq area, on Baffin Island, 8 women share their knowledge about skins preparation.
  • _October. Sylvie Pharand, anthropologist, comes to Igloolik to finalized a book project about Igloolik's traditional caribou skin clothing.
  • _Novembre. The two Artcirq's short films, Northen Haze: Living the dream and Pitaqangittuq are screened at the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival.
  • 2012.
    After several months of work, Artcirq and the Recreation Department of Igloolik unveil the Black Box, a new training space and performance center in Igloolik. Previously used as storage space, Artctirq members renovated and equipped a section of the Kipsigak Arena culring rink to transform it into the Black Box. In late december Artcirq is hosting a first show; a fundraising concert for Rockin'Walrus Arts Festival with Jason Maliki from Repulse Bay.
  • Artcirq and the entire community welcomed 8 performers from N.A.I.P. as well as signer and song writer Rikka Egede. From Greenland to Igloolik, they participated in a creative residency and a cultural exchange. It was a jam-packed and emotional week with workshops and performances which coincided with the Return of the Sun Celebrations. For the second collaboration over the last 2 years, strong bonds are now linking Nuuk and Igloolik.
  • _Febuary. Launch of the new Artcirq music CD entitled Made in Igloolik. 
  • _April. Artcirq's group is invited to perform in Montréal at the International Polar Year Conference at the Congress Center.
  • _May. Artcirq performs for the Queen of England, on the private grounds of Windsor Castle during the evenings of May 10th, 11th and 13th as part of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
  • _June. Artcirq coordinated a one week long camp on the land, on Igloolik Island, for a group of 5 women to learn how to sew a pair of kamiks. The participants set up their tent at Uyarasukjuq and 2 elders shared their knowledge about the preparation of the skin, pattern design and sewing techniques.
  • _July. Guillaume invite his Montréal's National Circus School friendsfrom Cirque Alfonse to Igloolik to showcase their new performance entitled Timber. The lumber jack circus performers jumped on stage with their impressive -scary at times!- log-dancing, axe-throwing, two-man saw jumping performance, featuring live traditional Quebecois music.
  • Artcirq participates at the Rockin’Walrus Festival.
  • _August. 3rd edition of Nunaqpa in the gorgeous landscape of the Usujarjuk area, 150 km south of Igloolik.
  • Artcirq coordinate, for the second year, a camp in the Iviisarurtuq area for women to share their traditional knowledge.
  • _Novembre. Artcirq is invited by N.A.I.P to perform in their annual show at the Nuuk Katuaq Cultural Center and gives workshops during their 10 days stay.
  • 2013.
     Artcirq get back to training and perform at the sixth edition of the Scene Festival at the National Art Center in Ottawa/Gatineau.
  • The hand balancer circus artist Geneviève Drolet gives workshops during the month of April.
  • _June. Featured live on APTN for the national wide concert of the summer solstice and National Aboriginal Day celebration.
  • _August. Third edition of the Traditional Summer Camp: Women Sharing Knowledge and fourth edition of Nunapqa on Baffin land. Recording at the Black Box of Kikkukia band first music album.
  • _December.Kikkukia music band launches in Igloolik its first music album.
  • 2014.
    Derek Aqquiruq presents the documentary " Kikkukia" to community channel 9 and Isuma.tv
  • _March. Artcirq crew performed at the Community Hall for a community feast event.
  • _May. Creation of the new show Asiu with the collaboration of Patrick Léonard and Geneviève Drolet.
    Exchange with Cirqiniq social circus from Nunavik.
  • _June. Presentation of the new show Asiu and workshop at Alianait Arts Festival, in Iqaluit
    Qulagnirsii (seal hunting) expedition.
  • _July. Two weeks of Circus Summer Camp with Igloolik youth.
  • _August. Fifth edition of the trekking and hunting expedition with 17 people participating.
  • _October. Black box is running a daily program of circus and music workshops.
  • _September. Igloolik's music band Kikkukia is joining Artcirq for a show in Arviat community_November-December. Guillaume is part ofCirqiniq's circus workshops in 2 Nunavik communities.