Dancing in the Dark 2.0
Date and time
Alleyway next to 88 Arthur st.
88 Arthur Street
Offered in English.
The Pelmus-Snowbird Collective will present an interactive performance using dance and photography. The performance will be set up as a photo booth. The performers, Theo and Kris dressed in altered traditional costumes (Romanian pagan pre-Christian masked costume, respectively indigenous shawl costume) will invite the public throughout the night to take photos with them. The pictures will be printed and handed to the public.
The traditional costumes that will be worn by the performers, Theo and Kris, will be altered by attaching glow sticks. Through the movements of the dance the glow stick will act as traces of light. The public will be encouraged to hold or attach the glow sticks to their clothes as the photographer prepares to capture both the dancers and participants. Audience members will be encouraged to write words with the glow sticks. A lower shutter speed will result in an image consisting of painting with light.
The process of taking the photos will be projected live behind the performers, with traditional Romanian pagan dances and shawl indigenous dances that will be mixed live using video mapping and 3 channel projections.
The result will be a baroque compendium of lights, movements and sound. Every participant will have a chance to get a photo printed as a memory of this performative photographic experiment.
- Dancing in the Dark 2.0 vimeo.com
Kristin Snowbird and Theo Pelmus
Theo Pelmus & Kris Snowbird
Theo Pelmus and Kristin Snowbird, come from two different cultures, Romanian
and Ojibwe-Cree respectively. For the past 5 years we have been collaborating creating
video and photo works and performance projects that fusion the two cultures using
tradition as conceptual umbrella. We both seek to find the roots and the relation with the
land that we both have. We are both working in new media, photography, film and
My process of work can be described as a continuous questioning and
understanding of the way in which my tradition as a first nation woman influences
the way I conceptualize art. I am interested in creating art as a way of understanding
the nature of being as a first nation woman artist. One pivotal aspect of the work I
am creating is the traditional labor of beading and how it can be applied to different
mediums of art. I am researching these approaches though film, photography, and
performance. I am interested in art as a process of making a difference in the
understanding of the culture I come from, with its stories, traditions, and the
historical and personal trauma.
My process of work can be described as a continuous construction and
deconstruction of slippery identity and gender. In my performance, photo and video work
I create obscure multi-sensory baroque environments that fuse in unusual way elements
from sculpture, video, absurd theatre and visceral opera. The multi-sensorial aspect of my
performance practice is achieved through innovative ways of using wireless sensors
technology and new media. My performance practice mirrors the baroque and radical
aesthetics and redefines their characteristics through imitation and inversion, sublimation
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