- Artist: Francesca Chudnoff
- Medium: Performance
- Project Type: Creation : Destruction
- Curator: Layne Hinton and Rui Pimenta
- Neighbourhood: Fort York
Drenched in blue light, dancers will interact with a sound and video installation to explore the relationship between desire and distance.
The Bentway - Strachan Gate, Fort York National Historic Site
- Address: 21 Strachan Ave.
- Public Washrooms: No
- Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
- Indoors/Outdoors: Outdoors
“Halcyon” is a video and dance performance designed to question the range of ways in which we constantly tune and adjust our self-presentation, both onscreen and in real life. How do we translate what we feel in our bodies into something material? Can we turn it into a colour, a pattern, a sound? Immersed in a deep blue field of colour, live dancers will trigger a cascade of melodic sounds with the movement of their bodies. Nearby, a backdrop of glitching, looping video will evoke an unending process of creation, mutation and disintegration. The result will be an intimate, embodied performance set against a fragmented data-moshing screen. A 12-hour performance that evokes questions of labour, fatigue and the limitations of the body, “Halcyon” promises to be a meditation on the accumulation of memory, the disintegration of movement, and the relationship between desire and distance.
Francesca Chudnoff is a Toronto-based millennial with a BFA in performance. She is a dance artist, filmmaker, photographer, shrine maker and collector of all things shiny. She is currently an Emerging Artist in Residence at Dancemakers Centre for Creation (2018–2020), and a member of the multidisciplinary art collective Lost is Found.