Photo courtesy of Pat Kane

Reneltta Arluk  (Inuvialuit, Cree, Dene),  playwright of the cutting edge, Pawâkan Macbeth, a remake of the Shakespearian play in modern English, and Cree.

“I did quite a bit of research on the actual play and I broke down every scene, the acts, and the characters and when I came to a new character, I asked myself, how is this character indigenous?”

Reneltta says she looked at it from the perspective of indigenous teachings like respect, trust, and love. Most people, says Arluk, get clouded by the language of Shakespeare, but for her, it was easy to translate the play to an indigenous perspective.

“The beautiful thing about Shakespeare is that he found the absolute heart of humanity and wrote from that perspective”

Arluk is currently the Director of Indigenous Arts at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity.

Pawâkan Macbeth’s Edmonton Presentation ran from November 23 to 26, 2017 to sold out audiences.

Listen to interview below.

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