The weather—like music, like traffic, like relationships and families and careers—is a landscape of noise that sometimes coalesces into something that feels like something: a movement, a-quiver. In this work, I seek to document the various ways that we attune to these atmospheres.
50 days of atmosphere is a two-channel, 114-minute video installation that as made in collaboration with Jonathan Inksetter. It was presented at La Mirage as part of Studio Libre in May 2015.
My video documentation work, Suite canadienne (2015), is on view at the Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery as part of the show IGNITION 11 until June 6, 2015.
More info: http://ellengallery.concordia.ca/en/expositions_ignition2015.php
Photos by Emily Gan
For two days in April I danced in the public and private institutions of the city: city hall, the courthouse, the stock market, the arts council, the investment banks, the trade buildings and the convention center. I danced a minor part from Ludmilla Chiriaeff’s folk ballet Suite canadienne, choreographed for CBC television in 1955. Presenting an originary work of Quebec ballet danced by a largely untrained body, the performances raise questions about belonging, permission and the re-performance of cultural fantasies.
Usine C Love You, Porgy
10 minute excerpt with Fred Basil, Mike Bjella, Ted Crosby, Erik Hove, Micah Langer, Etienne Lapierre, Averil Parker, Liam O’Neill & Stefan Schneider. Video by Samuel Trudelle-Gendron
In March 2014, Usine C asked if I wanted to make a musical performance for the lobby of the theatre. I’ve always loved and hated that lobby. It’s both beautiful and imposing and it has a way of suggesting that, no, the party is not for you, it’s for someone richer than you. To counteract the feeling of not belonging, I filled the space with my people: saxophonists and other musicians in the city who I know and love.
The space is too big for a performance, but we tried to use it all. My plan was to disperse 10 musicians around the sprawling lobby and choreograph a dance of melody that moved between us. Meanwhile the audience had to perambulate in order to actually hear the concert, as the music seemed to always be moving slowly elsewhere.
We used the Gershwin tune “I loves you, Porgy” as a shared ground because I’ve always wanted to hear that song coming from everywhere at the same time. The song is a kind of currency, a way of being in a space together.
Jacob Wren and Adam Kinner performing Music And Theatre Must Learn To Disassociate in January 2014. This was part of the exhibition “STAGE SET STAGE: On Identity and Institutionalism” at the SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art. Curator: Barbara Clausen.
Courtesy of SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art. Video credit: Risa Hatayama
An excerpt of The Weather In Times Square, Today in which Devin Brahja Waldman surprises us all.
The Weather In Times Square, Today [Excerpt – The Storm] from Adam Kinner on Vimeo.
We will be showing the brand new piece
“The Weather In Times Square, Today”
on May 29th, 2014, at 12noon at Studio 303.
[372 Ste-Catherine West, #303]
It is free.
Rebecca Patek will present a piece after us.
A new piece called The Weather In Times Square will premiere at Tangente on May 15th to 18th in Montreal.
Tickets and more information here.
How to dance the weather, and why? This impossible task brings us again to the limit of representation and to the infinite capacity of the body to hold abstraction. In The Weather In Times Square, five dancers access the rhythms, relations and movements of the weather. They are a rolling cloud slowly traversing the sky; they are the rain pattering on the roof. The literal attempt to dance the weather transforms them into a non-human group, a slowly moving sculpture. And yet, they insist on language as a tool to describe and to discuss the weather. Abstraction is transformed into words and words are exchanged. Eventually we see the weather is a way of looking, a way of feeling, an encounter with the other—something beyond us, continuously undoing us. As we converse, as we come together in the theatre, as we move through life, we are moving with, and as, the weather.
[with Jana Jevtović, Kelly Keenan, Simon Portigal, Noémie Solomon, Devin Brahja Waldman, & Jacob Wren; video shot and edited by Emily Gan.]