Facing away from that which is comingis a power game. It's a trust game. It’s about being passive, then active, and trading positions. It's an embodied way of asking questions like: What would it look like if power changed hands more often? How do we wait for the future? How do the rules of the game evolve?
Creation | Andréa de Keijzer & Erin Robinsong with Dramaturgy | Hannah Sybille Müller and Interpreters | Esther Rousseau-Morin & Nathan Yaffe and Research | Nicolas Labelle Lighting Designer | Paul Chambers Set | Les inseparables by Esther Shalev-Gerz, 2000. (On loan from the artist for the performance) Photos | Andréa de Keijzer Funding | CALQ Creation Partners | Choreographic Workshop, Montreal, arts interculturels & Tangente Shows | March 16-19, Espace Wilder Length | 35 mins
How does climate change, a vastly distributed emergency, become personal? What is it about the slow-motion accident that escapes our defense responses?
In This ritual is not an accident, time and scale are recalibrated as personal histories are shredded, recomposed, and the slow-motion accident of climate change becomes intimate. Women undergo surgery, first passive, then actively involved in their own operations.
Created for small audiences, this performance becomes an emergent text, windstorm, and choir; a contemporary ritual to reset nervous systems collectively.
To be in the room with this work is to grow—emotionally, imaginatively, socially; to awaken sensation in phantom extremities; to become a giant in the slowness of time; to commune with hidden parts of the self and the erotics of the flock. - Helen Guri
A leaf blower stirs up a whining tornado. Grapes roll across the stage like tumbleweed. Ripe pears lurch, thud, and bruise at the feet of the audience. Fifty balloons are popped in slow motion. This Ritual is not an Accident dances along fault lines, defibrillating dying questions and startling audiences into ceremony. A stunning invention. ~ Perceval Spöre, Director and Author of Anatomies of Perversion, and Celibate Imaginations
This ritual is not an accident enacts a beautiful enquiry. Like scurvy, which can cause the long-healed and forgotten wounds of ship-bound mariners to open again, de Keijzer and Robinsong play games with time. Memories are unclamped. Histories are served alive, freshly shucked. Unoxidised narratives are revealed. But so gracefully are we challenged to reconsider our familiar relations with the unknown, that our mariners’ wounds are not left open. de Keijzer and Robinsong do more than scurvy could ever do, and deftly weave a suture to leave us looking forward to tomorrow. ~ Roddy Rubrique, Editor; Analogue Island News, Professor Emeritus in Performance and Criticism, Vencel College of the Performing Arts, Hungary.
This is really beautiful work. ~ Jacob Wren, Performance Artist / Novelist
Credits Creation & Performance | Andréa de Keijzer & Erin Robinsong Sound Design | Cosmo Sheldrake Lighting Design | Paul Chambers Rehearsal Director | Hannah Sybille Müller Photos | Yuula Benivolski Supported by | Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec & Ontario Arts Council Creation Partners | Studio 303, Usine C, Yves Sheriff/The 3rd Floor Projects, Artscape Youngplace, Espacio Mexico & General Consulate of Mexico in Montréal
Wolves and Selves
Wolves & Selves (2012)
Creation + Performance | Andréa de Keijzer + Erin Robinsong
Wolves & Selves examines urban creaturely life in its opulent anxieties and denatured work bodies and the human animal’s struggle to retain allegiance to the undomesticated heart. With clouds that rain money, lonesome celebration, and the sharing of code, Wolves & Selves carves out a landscape where sensate selves can return.
Wolves & Selves was created during a month-long creation residency at Hollyhock, Cortes Island, and was made possible by over 100 community funders.
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L'animal humain est une pléiade hétéroclite: D'une part assez domestiqué pour s'amener au travail et aux funérailles, de l'autre traversant de vastes paysages insensibles avec un instinct conservé. Wolves & Selves, une nouvelle création de Andréa de Keijzer et Erin Robingsong, examine la créature humaine urbaine à travers ses anxiétés opulentes et ses corps dénaturément travaillés et le combat de l'animal humain pour retenir l'allégeance à son coeur sauvage. Avec les nuages d'où pleuvent l'argent, célébration solitaire, et le partage d'un code, Wolves & Selves taille un paysage où des êtres de chair peuvent revenir.