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 

Creative Team

Concept & Choreography:  Colleen Snell & Kristen Carcone

Dancers: Colleen Snell, Kristen Carcone, Mateo Torres

Costume, Set, Weaving: Noelle Hamlyn 

With Thanks

Art Gallery of Ontario, Art Gallery of Mississauga, Cawthra Park Secondary School, Frog in Hand Volunteers

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