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Pathetic Fallacy [2018]

Over the past 40 years, there have been more frequent extreme weather events than ever before in human history. Up until 40 years ago, hurricanes were only given female names. Hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with male names because people don’t prepare for them as thoroughly. People will accept any colour of sky in a painting as realistic. A green sky means a storm is coming.

Using a temperamental broadcast media green screen, this piece explores our complicated relationship to weather. Landscape painting, small talk, meteorological science and pathetic fallacy – the attribution of human feelings to non-human things, like the weather – come together in this personal and factual work.

Creator Anita Rochon set herself the challenge of creating a touring piece with a touring party of zero. Each performance, a different local stand-in takes on the central role in a curious and hopeful show that draws a line between ancient weather gods and our present-day climate crisis.

Produced with the support of Theatre Replacement
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver
Originally commissioned by Theatre Replacement as part of a Collider Residency, and was presented at PuShOFF 2018

Creator & Director Anita Rochon
Projection Designers Cande Andrade, Jordan Lloyd Watkins, & Milton Lim
Original Projection Design Jordan Lloyd Watkins
Outside Eyes Mark Chavez & Emelia Symington Fedy
Costume Designer Leah Weinstein
Image Credit Samantha Madely

Photos by Samantha Madely, Sophia Wolfe, Jordan Lloyd Watkins, and Anita Rochon

Performances:

  • Darwin Festival (world premiere)                                          Darwin, Australia                                  August 10th - 12th, 2018   
  • Festival of Live Digital Art (work-in-progress)                       Kingston, ON                                       June 20th, 2018
  • PushOFF, Theatre Replacement (work-in-progress)            Vancouver, BC                                     February 1st, 2018      
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