Premiere Art Gallery of Ontario Toronto Massive 2013
Images: Tony Leung, Voitek Pendrak, Brian Huynh, Noelle Hamlyn
Before I built a wall I’d ask to know
what I was walling in or walling out
and to whom I was like to give offence.
Something there is that doesn’t love a wall, that wants it down.
From Mending Wall by Robert Frost
Wall touches on separation, security, freedom, anxiety, separation, control/loss of control, fear of the “other,” displacement and identity. It’s a simple metaphor with complex and nuanced meaning. We believe Wall is more relevant, more urgent and more potent today than it was when we created it.
When Frog in Hand premiered “Wall” in 2013, we were curious about combining dance with weaving. Our creative team played with creating trails of movement with various fibres. Our woven wall is a conceptual sculpture, a ritual, a political statement… a poem brought to life through thread and movement. It signifies protection, simultaneously, segregation. Our wall of thread physically cleaves and divides space, it separates people. It is a trace of the performers’ path as they travel to create it. This journey back and forth is a microcosm of migration, a route travelled repetitively by individuals, accumulating into a statement of displacement and disruption.
Performance History: The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), Art Gallery of Mississauga
Concept & Choreography: Colleen Snell & Kristen Carcone
Dancers: Colleen Snell, Kristen Carcone, Mateo Torres
Costume, Set, Weaving: Noelle Hamlyn
Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Frog in Hand Volunteers