• 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

The Project

“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.

The Artist

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.


  • This project is sponsored by

Composer: Omar David Rivero. Dancers: Justin De Luna, Danah Rosales, Chenise Mitchell, Nyda Kwasowsky, Peggy Soria and Francesca Chudnoff.