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
Choreographed and performed by Jenn Goodwin
Music by Sandro Perri, Peregrine Falls, Mixed by John Dinsmore
Text “I Really Should" by Kelly Mark
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.
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)
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
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Sneaker is a duet that was conceived by Goodwin and 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 foxy 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. 1999 - (Nicola Pantin & Ayelen) Music by Luke DoucetMirum est notare quam littera gothica, quam nunc putamus parum claram, anteposuerit litterarum formas humanitatis per seacula quarta decima et quinta decima. Eodem modo typi, qui nunc nobis videntur parum clari, fiant sollemnes in futurum.