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.
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 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.
*Please unmute video.
a film poem
Created for and screened as part of
the MFA in Writing (USask) online Variety Show, 2020.
stills from half-hour drama
Actress Christine MacInnis
Actor Michael Kovalik
Art gallery scene, shot on location at the Delta Bessborough.