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Event #1176

"The Birds": Live Q&A With Author and Director


Wednesday, June 2, 2021

15:30 - 16:30
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Indigenous programming , University of Alberta , Accessible event
English | anglais
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Closed captioning in English
Closed captioning in French
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Join us for a live conversation with Director Reneltta Arluk and playwright Yvette Nolan, hosted by Professor Kenneth Williams. Originally from the Northwest Territories, Arluk, who is of Inuvialuit, Dene, and Cree descent, is the first Indigenous woman to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts Acting degree from the University of Alberta. She is an actor, playwright, poet, director and producer, and has performed globally. Yvette Nolan is a playwright, director, actor, and educator. Nolan is the author of numerous celebrated plays and has been a writer-in-residence at institutions across Canada. In "The Birds," two men flee the modern world and attempt to settle in the fabled land of the birds, seeking freedom and a better way of life. With a new world revealed before them, the men are unable to resist remaking this paradise in their own image. This modern adaptation of Aristophanes' comedy explores contemporary Indigenous questions about truth and reconciliation. Be sure to view a pre-recorded performance of "The Birds" available May 29-June 4 to all registered attendees at Congress 2021.

  • Reneltta Arluk, Director
  • Yvette Nolan, Playwright
  • Ken Williams, Asst. Professor of Drama, University of Alberta