Procession for End Times: The Ice Shelf & The Coming Silence
One year ago, TRAction marked the start of their intervention work with a public funeral procession through the downtown streets of Calgary carrying a dead tree. See more here: https://www.facebook.com/tractionartgroup/videos/290645892342726/ This past summer, Canada lost its last remaining ice shelf when the Milne Ice Shelf on Ellesmere Island in the northern territory of Nunavut collapsed into the ocean. The annual "Procession for End Times" reflects on parts of nature that we have lost. This year we will be commemorating the Mile Ice Shelf in a procession that will feature a 10-foot tall ice shelf made of white fabric and carried by citizens of Calgary. The procession will begin at Poppy Plaza at 5 pm and will culminate in a performance in a not-so-secret location (on Prince's Island Park). At the end of the procession, audiences can witness "The Coming Silence", a dance theatre work by kloetzel&co. presented with support from the Canada Council for the Arts. Offering an eerie taxidermic display for the viewing audience to wander among (following Covid protocols), "The Coming Silence" comments on the larger notion of human extinction, whether through viral, climatic or ecological means. The procession and performance should take approximately 1 - 1.5 hours. NOTE: All participants must wear a mask and socially distance during the public performance. Please bring your own PPE. PROCESSION & PERFORMANCE If you can not attend as a volunteer participant, please join us as a viewer/walker for the procession and performance. Start: Poppy Plaza (1111 Memorial Dr NW ) End: Secret Location Saturday September 26, 2020 5pm -6:30pm Audience: Please walk with us as we remember the Milne Ice Shelf. For this procession and performance, you are invited to dress in somber apparel. Black umbrellas are welcome.
This event is free.
TRAction Art Group
TRAction is an ad hoc group of interdisciplinary artists that expands and contracts to include other interested allies to realize specific artistic visions. TRAction works in public spaces and aims to activate public discourse around critical issues.
This event is wheelchair accessible.