Before, it was the easy kind of small talk — benign and reliable. Now, the simplest “Hot out, isn’t it?” is political. Set against a temperamental TV forecaster’s green screen, this work-in-development looks at a changing relationship to weather. Landscape painting, meteorological science and pathetic fallacy — the attribution of human feelings and responses to inanimate things, like the weather — come together in this installation/performance.
Pathetic Fallacy is being created in Theatre Replacement’s inaugural PushOFF artist-in-residence program. Future development is scheduled for summer of 2018 in Vancouver.
Anita Rochon is a performance director primarily focused on the creation of new work. She and Emelia Symington Fedy are the artistic directors of The Chop, a Vancouver-based company that have toured extensively over the past decade. Their work includes How to Disappear Completely, KISMET and Through the Gaze of a Navel. The Chop’s area of interest is in experimenting with authenticity so the shows are often inspired by real events, use verbatim material or involve community participants.
Rochon freelance directs in a range of styles from classical texts to documentaries to relational installations to contemporary dance. She’s worked with Theatre Replacement, Electric Company Theatre, Caravan Farm Theatre, The Shaw Festival, The Globe, Théâtre la Seizième, Belfry Theatre and Tara Cheyenne Performance.
Photos by Samantha Madely
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