Faye Driscoll: Weathering | Attunement Sessions

Faye Driscoll, Weathering, New York Live Arts, 2023. Photo: Maria Baranova, Courtesy New York Live Arts.

Faye Driscoll: Weathering

January 18–21, 2024
January 18–20: 8pm. January 21: 5pm.
Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum
585 Dundas St E, Toronto

Conceived, choreographed and directed by Faye Driscoll

Performed by James Barrett, Kara Brody, Miguel Alejandro Castillo, Amy Gernux, Shayla-Vie Jenkins, Maya LaLiberté, Jennifer Nugent, Cory Seals, Carlo Antonio Villanueva, Jo Warren

Curated by Christine Shaw

Presented by The Blackwood

Tickets now on sale! General and discounted admission rates available. Visit Eventbrite to purchase.

Over four nights in Toronto, The Blackwood presents the Canadian premiere of Faye Driscoll’s major new performance Weathering.

Weathering is a multi-sensory performance, conceived by Driscoll as a moving human sculpture made of bodies, sounds, scents, liquids, and objects. Ten performers perpetually enact a morphing “tableau vivant” on a mobile raft-like stage. Their life raft surges and spins through crisis and alienation, with their voices generating a score that crescendos and resonates as they clutch, careen, and cleave on a platform too small to contain them. The audience embanks the performers, close enough to smell the sweat and feel the steam of the scenes unfolding before them. Weathering enacts conflict, eroticism, and care arising from a messy and mutable collectivity.

Driscoll’s powerful work is a breathing, leaking choreography composed of micro-events and grander gestures. Weathering grapples with the Anthropocene—the geologic toll of environmental destruction resulting from human activity on the Earth—while considering its effects on individual bodies and their interdependencies. It explores the unstable boundaries between grief, anger, emergency, and eroticism. Driscoll and her collaborators ask: How do we feel the impact of events moving through us which are so much larger—yet are animating and activating our bodies all the time? How do we get closer to the impact? Can we slow down enough to feel the dust, hurt, absence, and plume?

In Weathering, the well-trod norms and critiques of Anthropocene discourse are elided in a performance that considers the effects of climate change on us individually and collectively at a bodily scale. It reflects the forms of alienation—environmental, social, and economic—many of us feel. It demands slowness and elicits undivided attention, at a time when media saturation and ubiquity have transformed human attention into an economy. It calls on viewers to pay attention using all of their faculties—as a multisensory experience, Weathering foregrounds the necessity for deeper attunement to the many ways we inhabit the Earth.

Weathering uses atmospheric elements such as vapour, scent, water, loud sounds, and plumes from various materials. Suggested for audiences 6 years and older.

General Admission: $30
Discounted Admission (for students, seniors, or underemployed attendees): $15
Prices include tax and service fees. Seating in the theatre is unassigned and first-come-first-serve. No late seating will be permitted.
Limited rush tickets will be released on the morning of each performance.

Daniels Spectrum is a physically accessible venue with single-gender accessible washrooms and drinking fountains. Eight accessible seats are available in the front row of Ada Slaight Hall; please contact the Blackwood to reserve an accessible seat. Hearing assist devices are available on request.

Attunement Sessions

4-part public program series
Part of the Blackwood’s presentation of Weathering and Toronto Dance Theatre’s winter double bill, FACE RIDER and Odd-Sensual.

Contributors: Amanda Boetzkes, Fran Chudnoff, Beth Coleman, Yehuda Duenyas, Macarena Gómez-Barris, k.g. Guttman, Jack Halberstam, Aisha Sasha John, Lara Kramer, John Paul Ricco, Erin Robinsong, Marina Roy.

How can we attune ourselves to the world-to-come? Presented alongside three choreographic works premiering in Toronto in winter 2024—Weathering, FACE RIDER, and Odd-Sensual—the Attunement Sessions inquire into the profound aesthetic, environmental, geopolitical, philosophical, sexual, social, and technological questions necessary to approach difficult problems about how we live, think, act, build, sense, and move together towards an imperiled future.

Through artistic provocations, thought-experiments, and experiential exercises, the sessions foreground the necessity for deeper attunement to the processes of destruction and disaster making the world as we know it (accumulation, alienation, contamination, disembodiment, displacement, extinction, extraction, settlement…) and forms of composing and imagining the future we want to live in (affinities, edgings, interdependencies, proximities, solarities, wet dreams…).

Framed by a series of questions, the sessions bring together choreographed and improvised, intimate and planetary, descriptive and speculative approaches by participants from diverse disciplines and practices including art history, Black studies, choreography, dance studies, decolonial environmental humanities, disconnection studies, feminist science & technology studies, Indigenous philosophy, intimacy coordination, poetry, queer and transgender studies, visual arts, and more.

Attunement Session 1: Ecologies of Excess, Energetic Ethics, Interdependencies
January 20, 2024, 1­–3pm, Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St E, Toronto)

Attunement Session 2: Erotic Edges, Queer Intimacy, Wet Dreams
January 21, 2024, 1–3pm, Ada Slaight Hall, Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St E, Toronto)

Attunement Session 3: Data Bodies, (De)Generative Aesthetics, Unworlding
February 10, 2024, 1­–3pm, Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester St, Toronto)

Attunement Session 4: Attention, Sensation, Sense-Making
March 16, 2024, 1–3pm, Toronto Dance Theatre (80 Winchester St, Toronto)

Free to attend. See the program overview in Eventbrite to register.
Participants may be asked to remove their footwear to protect the dance surface at Ada Slaight Hall depending on weather conditions.

Faye Driscoll, Weathering, New York Live Arts, 2023. Photo: Maria Baranova, Courtesy New York Live Arts.

The Blackwood’s presentation of Weathering is funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the University of Toronto Mississauga, and the Jackman Humanities Institute at the University of Toronto.

The Attunement Sessions are presented in collaboration with Toronto Dance Theatre, and supported by the Institute of Environment, Conservation, and Sustainability, University of Toronto Scarborough.

The Blackwood
University of Toronto Mississauga
3359 Mississauga Rd.
Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6

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