Sometimes when things fall apart they are actually falling into place - Unknown
Created by Jenn Goodwin, in collaboration with and performed by stunt woman Anita Nittoly and jenn Goodwin, Sarah Doucet, Zoja Smutny, Brandy Leary, Kaja Irwin, Jasmyn Fyffe, Lua Shayenne, Nicola Pantin, Caroline-Nicolas Gordon (cast can be adapted in some cases)
Performer Anita Nittoly uses stairs as both her stage and her nemesis in this movement installation. Nittoly shines and stumbles as she personifies the concept of falling from grace, while actually falling (gracefully and otherwise) while other aspects of her self take alternative approaches.
In this performance, Goodwin is particularly interested in personal power, female comradery, the cracks in ones’ confidence, the spectacle of a persona, the faux pas’, missteps, mistakes, and the challenges and resilience particularly of women in day to day life.
Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall - -Salman Rushdie
COSTUME DESIGN: Sarah Doucet
MUSIC: Tanya Tagaq. Song: Uja from the Album Animism. Re-mixed by Tino Zolfo. Thank you to Six Shooter Records.
If I Should Stumble (2016)
Still life with sand, wood, grass, and movement
Somewhere between human and animal, land, sky and dance floor, we find ourselves here.
We listen for when to move, still, fight, work, try, try harder, surrender and stand. A snapshot of effort, discovery, fall and recovery, under a shared big sky, caught in a moment, in a space in between.
Choreography: Jenn Goodwin in collaboration with Sarah Doucet, Anita Nitoly & Elke Schroeder.
Performed by: Anita Nittoly & Elke Schroeder.
Costumes and rehearsal direction/outside eye: Sarah Doucet
Music: Boris, Holy Fuck
Curated by Art Spin- Layne Hinton & Rui Pimenta
still life with sand, wood, grass, weather and movement
To do, To don't
A solo, a duet, a trio. With blanket, with hair. Through attempts at comfort, protection, concealment, trapping, suffocation, warmth, hostility, and weight, these partners do their own dance choreography and have their own experience. To do, to don't touches on themes of being enough. Good … enough. Being affected, repetitive, being every day. Trying to be better, be enough. Trying to get out of bed, be in the world, take it in, keep it out, change, or make change. It considers the possibility to hold sorrows of the world, and one’s own, while not forgetting the big picture, or the the day to day. Holding hope and fear in the same moment. There is no running away. Though running feels good. Walking is a controlled fall. Falling forward. Falling apart is not the best option, though falling feels good. Can't go over it, Can’t go under it. There is a lot to do. And a lot to don’t. Give me all your anger, I will bury it like a treasure.
Photo credit: Erato Tzavara, Natalie Roth
Video (short version) : Francesca Chudnoff
Choreographed and performed by Jenn Goodwin
Music by Sandro Perri, Peregrine Falls, Mixed by John Dinsmore
Text “I Really Should" by Kelly Mark
To do To don't- 2 hour version- Duration and Dialogue festival.
2 hour version- Duration and Dialogue festival.
To Do, To Don't (luxury problems)
Accidents for every occasion
A heartfelt and humourous exploration of the consequences of our daily mishaps in all their beauty, barbarity and banality. Cross a street three seconds later and a speeding bus barely misses you. A typo completely changes your identity. A turn to the left at a crowded party and you never meet the love of your life.
An exploration of mistakes we make that affect our daily lives, to the ones that may cost us our life. From spelling mistakes to near death experiences, taken from real life scenarios.. and mistaken moments.
Accidents is a playful yet poignant look at our attempt to be perfect, avoidance of discomfort, fear of failure and the beauty and challenges learned by the natural occurance of accidents and mistakes. From the banal to the beautiful to the barbaric...
Created and Directed by Jenn Goodwin Created with and performed by Valerie Calam and Alicia Grant Video by Walter Willems Lighting Design by Geoff Bouckley Sound/Music: Death Fom Above (1979), Japancakes, Cat Power, Polmo Polpo
Thank you to Sarah Doucet and Ame Henderson who were an integral part of the creation of this work.
Accidents For Every Occasion
excerpts of Accidents for every occasion
Your timing is perfect and other wallworks
With collaborators/performers: Valerie Calam, Luke Garwood, Kristy Kennedy, Jared MacSween, Zoja Smutny and Heidi Strauss. Roxanne Luchak (video) and Laura Nanni (dramaturg) Curated by Kim Simon for Gallery TPW R&D.
Working across disciplinary institutions, Your Timing is Perfect was developed within the context of a lens-based gallery, traditionally imagined as a space for wall works. Through the conceptual frame of portraiture, the work explores the possibility of connection across time -- with strangers and friends, performers and audiences, between a sense of self and the collective and the walls of a room. Participants in the work see themselves and their stories as objects, icons and images, looking at practices of looking, how we see and are asked to see. An intimate 360 degree durational performance/movement experience, audiences are welcome to come and go from the work at their leisure. Stay for ten minutes or for four hours.
Score (as of January 6th 2013)
See everyone that walks in the room / Offer instructions / Welcome / Introduce yourself and others / You can ask questions
The Story starts with We / We are all here together / Right now / Not for long
You are an individual within a group / Portraits can overlap when there is only 1 person talking / Do not overlap talking portraits / Your portrait is a part of the whole / The whole is your portrait
You are in this together / You can ask for help / You influence the space, the order, the audience / You are influenced by the space, the order, the audience / Just being is enough
Stay connected to the wall / The wall is your partner / The wall is your frame / The wall is your canvas / The wall is a restriction and an opportunity
You can change the lighting / You can add video / You don't have to stop with the song
Let things take the time they need / Vary your speed / Be aware of time, or ignore it, get lost in it, fight it, welcome it / Spend time together / You are responsible for your experience
Document what is happening / Start where it ended / Keep going back to the writing
Find opportunities to move / Move during punctuation
See each other / Listen to each other / Listen to the room / What is happening is really happening / Be affected / Don't pre-plan / Make connections / Make it yours
Fight/struggle/aim for presence / Let what is happening in the room inspire you / Doing nothing is something
It doesn't always have to make sense / Try to be honest (most of the time) / Seeing you search, receive and recover is ok / Everyone is a participant / It is ok to struggle with presence and performance / Discomfort, uncertainty and boredom are valid / Entertainment is too
Notice / Pay attention / Accept
The small moments make up the big picture / Every day is epic > http://gallerytpw.ca/rd/jenn-goodwin-reflections/ > http://gallerytpw.ca/rd/jenn-goodwin/
Thank you: The Theatre Centre, Roxanne Duncan, Franco Boni, Gallery TPW, Kim Simon, Gary Hall, Sam Cotter, Leila Timmins and Nicole Cropley, Justine Chambers, Neville Quinlan, Brendan Gall, Valerie Gelinas, Guntar Kravis, Natalie Roth, Dan Surman, Sean Hooper
Special Thanks to Camilla Singh, Jeremy Mimnagh, Walter Willems and Ame Henderson for their input in the development of the work
Photos by Guntar Kravis
Video by Jeremy Mimnagh
Zoja Smutny and Jared MacSween
Heidi Strauss, Zoja Smutny, Kristy Kennedy, Luke Garwood, Valerie Calam, Jared MacSween
Luke Garwood, Jared MacSween
JennGoodwin_WallWorks - 2:30
Jared MacSween, Zoja Smutny, Kristy Kennedy, Luke Garwood, Valerie Calam
Valerie Calam, Luke Garwood, Kristy Kennedy
Kristy Kennedy, Heidi Strauss
Sneaker is a duet co-choreographed by Sarah Doucet and Goodwin. Sneaker is a story of two women who after a night out decide they are going to hitch hike out of town. It has been performed in various venues in Montreal and Toronto including streets, studio, cabaret and club environments to great success. The Globe and Mail said: The humorous Sneakers depicted two ladies after a night carousing on the town. The two are hitch-hiking, but it is for a metaphoric ride to a better place. What gives this piece depth is the haunting inner turmoil that lies behind their world-weary, sarcastic demeanour.
Choreography by Jenn Goodwin & Sarah Doucet Performers: Jenn Goodwin & Sarah Doucet. Music by Luke Doucet
Photos by Raina Kirn
Nicola Pantin, Sarah Doucet, Jenn Goodwin
Nicola Pantin, Jenn Goodwin, Marlee Cargill
Tania White. Sarah Doucet, Marlee Cargill
Choreographed and performed by Jenn Goodwin
Sound score: Sandra Dametto
Video: Natalie Kovacs
Liar is a solo choreographed and performed by Jenn Goodwin that explores issues of truth, confessions and lies. With a backdrop of projection of text and images, Goodwin dances to an original score by media artist Sandra Dametto that includes excerpts of text from soap operas and pornographic films. In this work, she explores through text and movement, various "societal" lies from Santa Clause to sex to taxes and love. While also exploring personal confessions again through movement and text from smoking to self-pleasure to knitting and loneliness. The piece is lyrical and highly physical with breaks of "reality" as Goodwin steps outside the performance to allow the audience to decide what is true, and what is not.
Inspired by work of American concept artist Jenny Holzer and beautifully performed by Goodwin herself. The title is a misnomer, because the droll, stream-of-consciousness text/movement piece contains as many truths as it does lies. Sandra Dametto's minimalist score, infused with fragments of real soap-opera dialogue, is the backdrop against which Goodwin set this dance of true, and not so true, confessions. In fact, all our lives contain soap-opera elements, with fresh disasters lurking around every corner. Goodwin's Liar is a glimpse of an all-too human woman and the defence mechanisms she has put in place in order to cope. - The Globe & Mail.
The Wet Project
Wet - a diary of desire [part I of The Wet Project] An abstract movement diary that touches on lust, shame, frustration, excitement, boredom, pleasure, ecstasy, porn, friction, love and sex.
Conceived and Directed by Jenn Goodwin in collaboration with performer Justine Chambers Soundscape: Ed Hanley Lighting Design: Sharon DiGenova Text: Lisa Gabriele, Malcolm Brown (pixel board)
Spit [part II of The Wet Project] Smoking solos, gum chewing combos, necking duets and spitting images. Phase II of The Wet Project, Spit explores the body fluid- Saliva. With images projected on a dripping wet backdrop Spit is a look at addiction, lust, desire and saliva.
Conceived and Directed by Jenn Goodwin in collaboration with performers Justine Chambers, Sarah Doucet, and Darryl Tracey Soundscape: Ed Hanley/Peaches Video: Dar Higden and Jenn Goodwin
Costumes: Gillian Steinhardt
Go [part III of The Wet Project] Public, Private. Spoken, unspoken. Set & video is used to expose the private and morph the public. Exposing what is going on behind closed doors while also distorting and magnifying what we see outside the doors.
Conceived and Directed by Jenn Goodwin in collaboration with performers Justine Chambers and Sarah Doucet, Music/Sound: Broken Social Scene, The Bug, Kelly Mark Video: Jeremy Mimnagh
Jenn Goodwin & Justine Chambers
Jenn Goodwin & Justine Chambers
Sarah Doucet, Jenn Goodwin, Darryl Tracy
Sarah Doucet, Darryl Tracy
Created and performed by Sarah Doucet & Jenn Goodwin.
Skid takes a look at guitars and the movement that goes with them
Music: Zeena Parkins
Live music: Julietta McGovern
A theatrical solo that explores living to extremes- and sometimes close to death, in search of a greater sense of life. A search for self by ridiculous, reckless as well as precious means and memories. The risks taken to feel deeper, live fully, work harder, stay strong, get connected, get lost… be found.
Choreographer/Dancer: Jenn Goodwin
Text: Jenn Goodwin
Lighting: Sharon DiGenova
Composer: Ed Hanley
Video: Jenn Goodwin and Judy Singh. With excerpts of David Hinton’s -“Birds”
With thanks to The Canada Council for the Arts and The Ontario Arts Council
Created and performed by Jenn Goodwin.
Video by Walter Willems
I didn’t mean it
I wasn’t thinking
Im embarrassed. I cant believe I did that. It’s a fine line really isn’t it. I ignored the signs.