ANITA ROCHON is a director and theatre maker. Since 2006, she’s been the artistic director of The Chop with Emelia Symington Fedy. The Chop is an award winning Vancouver-based company whose work is known for its sophisticated experimentation with authenticity and involves non-traditional collaborators and some of the finest artists working in Canada. The Chop tours nationally and internationally with past presentation in Toronto (Factory Theatre), Victoria (Belfry) Burnaby (Shadbolt Centre for the Arts), Richmond (Gateway Theatre), Whitehorse (Pivot Festival), Ottawa (Magnetic North), Halifax (2b Theatre), Stratford (Stratford Festival), Montreal (Usine C and Segal Centre), Portland (TBA Festival), Seattle (On the Boards), Edinburgh (Edinburgh Fringe), Dublin (Abbey Theatre, Dublin Fringe), Brighton (SICK! Festival) and London, England (Battersea Arts Centre).
As a director, Anita has worked at The Shaw Festival, Electric Company Theatre, Bard on the Beach, Theatre Replacement, Belfry Theatre, Théâtre la Seizième, Globe Theatre and Vancouver Opera. She is a graduate of Studio 58 (Acting) and the National Theatre School of Canada (Directing). She is the recipient of the Ray Michal Prize for an Outstanding Body of Work by a New Director, a Mayor’s Arts Award (awarded by Donna Spencer) and the Siminovitch Protégé prize (awarded by Kim Collier).
Using a temperamental broadcast media green screen, this piece takes on a changing relationship to weather. Landscape painting, small talk, meteorological science and pathetic fallacy — the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things, like the weather — come together in this curious and hopeful work.
Anita Rochon set herself the challenge of creating a touring work that puts no one on tour. A local stand-in takes on the central role in a piece that draws a line between ancient weather gods and present-day conundrums.
Pathetic Fallacy is the inaugural project of Theatre Replacement’s COLLIDER Residency program. The piece has been presented twice at PushOFF; as a development presentation in 2018 and a showcase in 2019. The project was test presented at foldA (festival of live digital Art) in Kingston, Ontario in June 2018 and had its world premiere in August 2018 at the Darwin Festival in Darwin, Australia. Recently the piece was presented at the Spark Festival at the Belfry Theatre in Victoria (March 2019), and it will be seen next at OFFTA in Montréal (May 2019), foldA in Kingston (June 2019) and at Canada Hub at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (July & August 2019).
Photos by Jordan Lloyd Watkins, Peter Pokorny and Sophia Wolfe
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