Taking to the Streets curated by Barbara FischerHolding Still // Holding Together, 2016/2017

Annie MacDonell - Toronto, Canada
Performed by Danah Rosales, Ofilio Sinbadinho, Ben Kamino, Simon Portigal, Emma-Kate Guimond, and Emily Law
With support from Jenn Goodwin


Holding Still // Holding Together, 2016/2017
Photo: (video still)

One of the tools of protest is passive resistance. Removing all visible symbols of power, a group of dancers imitate these complicated gestures including clutching, holding, rescuing and caring.

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What happens when you put your body on the line for politics? How does passive political resistance work, and what does it feel like to make yourself vulnerable in the arms of the state? Drawing from a range of documentary photographs of street protests, Holding Still // Holding Together examines exchanges between police officers and passive resisters as they are moved, dragged, or carried off by force from the chaos of street protests.

This new iteration of the project will include a series of videos which carefully reproduce the interactions of these bodies in conflict. It will also include a live performance in which dancers work together to reenact the moments of resistance, transferring them from still image into live action. In the real world, violence is often the source and product of the street protest. But here we are permitted to zoom in on the simple interactions between the bodies. This close-up study undercuts the differential power relations between police and protesters. The gestures of enforcer and dissident become ambiguously intertwined, suggesting a mutual engagement that might have the potential to re-write power relations. 


The project features a live performance from 7pm to 1am

Suitable for all ages

Medical Sciences Building Courtyard

1 Kings College Circle (Accessible from Queen's Park Crescent road closure.)

This project is outdoors.