UNMUTE:
warmups for body vocality

14:45 mins; 2021. A video performance, in four parts.

Selected for SLANT Event's Writing Bodies, 2021.

Just as bodies are marked by external injuries (accidents, bone breaks, disease), the body is also marked by internal injuries, in my case, a series of gender-related traumas I experienced as a child and adult. One of my responses to trauma has been recurring selective mutism – an anxiety disorder characterized by an inability to speak. In UNMUTE, I create a playful, performative space for my trauma body to speak its experiences and create its own gestural vocabulary.

all the words I couldn't say

08:34 mins; 2021. A film poem in four parts.

all the words I couldn’t say offers a hypnotic reading of “It’s Strange,”a poem by the acclaimed, feminist Québecois poet, Nicole Brossard. An abstract, unsettling dreamscape of moving light and shadow is the background for Brossard’s powerful warning poem about the state of our humanity.

Official Selections, 2021: 

Berlin International Art Film Festival, Toronto International Women's Festival, New York International Women's Festival (monthly editions). Montreal Independent Film Festival, seasonal edition.

all the words I couldn't say - a film poem by Diana Hope Tegenkamp, original poem by Nicole Brossard
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light passages
a film poem
Light Passages
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move closer
stills from half-hour drama
Actor Christine MacInnis as Catherine in Move Closer a film by Diana Hope Tegenkamp

Actress Christine MacInnis

Invitation to premiere of Move Closer a film by Diana Hope Tegenkamp
Actor Michael Kovalik as the Virgin Mary in Move Closer a film by Diana Hope Tegenkamp

Actor Michael Kovalik

Art gallery scene in Move Closer a film by Diana Hope Tegenkamp

Art gallery scene, shot on location at the Delta Bessborough.

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