CHANTAL? A dialogue between a movie, a cello and a text.
PNCA hosts a Zena Zezza presentation of a live performance by Paris-based cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton expressive of her enduring collaboration with filmmaker Chantal Akerman.
Performance Tuesday, May 1: 7pm Wednesday, May 2: 7pm PNCA Mediatheque, 511 NW Broadway
Conversation Wednesday, May 2: 5pm Sonia Wieder-Atherton in conversation with Sandra Percival OJMCHE, 724 NW Davis St, Portland, OR 97209
Sonia Wieder-Atherton imagined CHANTAL? as a performance structured around an absence — the filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1950-2015), represented on stage by her first film and excerpts from one of her books —and a presence—the stellar cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, her companion and collaborator for many years, who “imagined” this dialogue:
“I wanted to play along with her, her every move, her silences, her dancing at once burlesque and deadly serious, her anxiety as she is humming little tunes. Tracking her, surprising her, surprising myself at each step. It begins with Bartok’s “Sonata for Solo Violin” (1944), transcribed here for the cello. This is followed by a child’s voice singing softly at first, then getting louder: Chantal’s voice in “Saute ma ville” (1968)… After the explosion, “A Family in Brussels” (1998) gently slips its way between the notes and the images…” — Sonia Wieder-Atherton
Curated and produced by Sandra Percival, Zena Zezza with the Fondation Chantal Akerman.
Lecture by Curator/Critic/ Art History Professor at UC Berkeley: Julia Bryan Wilson. She will talk about her 2017 book: Fray - Art and Textile Politics.
Alumna Sarah Farahat has been selected by a TriMet advisory committee from a large pool of applicants "to create a semi-permanent memorial to honor the victims and survivors of a deadly 2017 knife attack aboard a MAX train."
Congratulations to Intermedia alumnus Anthony Hudson who was awarded a $20,000 National Artist Fellowship through the Native Arts Cultures Foundation.