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Art Now: Reneltta Arluk

Date & Time:
January 26, 2018 | 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Art Building 672
Reneltta Arluk

From the Bush to the Big City - One Indigenous Woman’s Moccasin Trail Tell All

Listen as Reneltta shares insight from being a young Indigenous girl in the north to finding her way into the arts using nothing but gut instinct and a naive determination to see what’s out there. This fierce curiosity led to a reconnection to her nomadic roots, not in search of food but for the hunger to keep her culture living through the arts. Reneltta’s passion for storytelling is woven throughout all the work she is part of. This lecture will explore how one’s life experience and identity can bring us to places we never thought possible and the rewards it can offer.

Reneltta Arluk is Dene/Cree/Inuk from the Northwest Territories. She received a BFA-Acting degree from the University of Alberta. She is founder of Akpik Theatre, the only professional Indigenous Theatre company in the NWT. Raised by her grandparents on the trap-line until school age, this nomadic environment gave Reneltta the skills to become the artist she is now. Reneltta has taken part in or initiated Indigenous Theatre across Canada and internationally as an actor, writer, director and producer. She is currently the Director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Presented as part of ART NOW: Visiting Artist and Scholar Series