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, receiving performance instructions live onstage. Pathetic Fallacy draws a line between ancient weather gods to present-day conundrums, positioning one individual at the centre of it all.
Commissioned by Theatre Replacement in 2018 as part of the COLLIDER Residency. Premiered at the Darwin Festival in Summer 2018. Currently on tour.
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 (Vancouver, Canada). Their works tour nationally and internationally with past presentations 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 & JW3).
The Chop’s work is known for its sophisticated experimentation with authenticity and has involved some of the finest artists throughout Canada.
Photos by Samantha Madely and Naseem Loloie
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