Ikumagialiit (Things That Need Fire)

Ikumagialiit (‘those that need fire’) is a new performance art band with Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory, Christine Tootoo, Cris Derksen and Jamie Griffiths. The Ikumagialiit quartet is egalitarian, bringing together four strong women from different disciplines, across generations.

Turning towards the question of how to hold space for fear when pressure is mounting, Ikumagialiit takes on the metaphor of the bowhead whale, learning how to breathe in the depths and exploring Inuit practices of meditation and spiritual skill-building to make this journey.

Ikumagialiit’s premiere performance is on November 16, 2019 at 1pm, during the exhibition run of the NGC’s Àbadakone / Continuous Fire / Feu continuel an international indigenous performance art exhibition, at the National Gallery of Canada.

Ikumagialiit was commissioned by the National Gallery of Canada for Àbadakone / Continuous Fire / Feu continuel in 2019. Funding has also been provided through The Inuit Art Foundation’s Kenojuak Ashevak Memorial Fund.


Nov 16 2019 1pm National Gallery of Canada (Abadakone Exhibition), Ottawa, Canada

Dec 12 2019 7pm Harbourfront Theatre, Toronto, Canada


Ikumagialiit Performance Art Band