PHANTOM STILLS & VIBRATIONS
Places and bodies – broken, betrayed, defiled. Secret, hidden stories gush to the surface in Phantom Stills & Vibrations, an immersive experience that looks to the former Pelican Falls Indian residential school in Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario where three generations of her family were forced to attend. A cultural genocide that continues, that leaves traces and open wounds. Inspired by visits to the land of her ancestors, choreographer Lara Kramer has crafted a performance art exhibit in collaboration with Stefan Petersen, a reminder of the repercussions of the traumas passed on from generation to generation.
A photograph of the former residential school (now a high school) and a soundscape of the north underpin a minimalist performance. Kramer portrays the excruciating reality of abused children and questions the possibility of moving forward. How can there be a rebuilding when violence is perpetuated? The exhibit stirs, disturbs, leads to reflection and meditation. A work of essential, powerful remembrance.
Coproduction Darling Foundry + National Arts Centre
With the support of Trent University Ashley Fellowship + Canada Council for the Arts + Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
Creative residency Darling Foundry
Presented in association with Festival TransAmériques
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at MAI, Montreal, on May 10, 2018