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HATCH 2012 invites you to be MORTIFIED
An experimental new collaboration by Jenn Goodwin and Camilla Singh


TORONTO, ON (*March 8, 2012)Harbourfront Centre’s performing arts residency programme HATCH is pleased to present MORTIFIED, an experimental new collaboration by dancer/choreographer Jenn Goodwin and visual artist Camilla Singh. MORTIFIED takes place Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8 pm at the Studio Theatre, York Quay Centre, 235 Queens Quay West, Toronto.

Audiences will witness a sonic experience of movement and mayhem as MORTIFIED throws open the doors of their collaborative process, bringing the uncertain outcomes of a renegade inquiry to the minds of the public. Goodwin and Singh have adopted the format of a rock band to cultivate a culture of happiness through their unapologetic endeavors. The two artists explore areas of non-expertise, entering into a practice of uncertainty; they have chosen drumming, cheerleading and tap dancing as forms for thought and communication.

Throughout this concert Goodwin and Singh use these newly acquired skills to explore the tension contained in transitional moments between emotional states. Deconstructing and changing the more familiar contexts of tap dancing, cheerleading and drumming, the duo is considering the cusps between protection and encouragement, aggression and enthusiasm, pride and regret.

“In preparation for this performance we have been training with experts and developing a method of taking risks that leads to outcomes we really can’t foresee,” says Goodwin. “It’s like a long drop onto soft things.”

“We like the uncertainty that’s contained in this way of working,” says Singh. “It has lead to a method of being able to read the information that’s contained in something like a state of anxiety rather than being by controlled it, says Singh.

Goodwin and Singh perceive an overlap of crisp control and discipline in the movements of cheerleaders and military formation, one of many observations that form part of a vocabulary of gestures they are working with in this performance.

Jenn Goodwin is from Burlington, Ont. She grew up playing with Barbie, listening to Black Sabbath, hosting make-out parties in her parents’ basement, and falling in love weekly. She moved to Montreal and received a BFA at Concordia University in Contemporary Dance with a minor in Video, and was at once thrilled and horrified by the amount of rolling around on the floor. Her dance work has been performed all over Canada, NYC, Amsterdam, Australia and Brussels. She was twice nominated for the KM Hunter Award in dance. Her short dance films have been screened at festivals across Canada, NYC and Europe. She also programs art and performances for Toronto Special Events, including Nuit Blanche.

Camilla Singh builds things faithfully to her ideas and not always to a recurrent medium or form, and she shares Catherine Opie’s view that “…it’s transgressive just to try to live your life the way you actually want to live it.” Singh left her role as curator of Toronto’s MOCCA to experiment with materials in her studio and probe the questions that had formed around the experience of working in an office for decade. She is currently researching and producing a series of uniforms for curators called Uniforms for Non-Uniform Work which will comprise a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of York University in 2013, curated by Emelie Chhangur.

HATCH 2012 runs from April 14 – May 5, 2012. Patrons can purchase a HATCH pass (includes tickets to all four productions) for $40, individual tickets for $15, or students/seniors/arts professionals $12. Visit harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch or call the box office at 416-973-4000 for more information. Following each HATCH presentation, there is a Q&A and opportunity to engage and interact with the artists, as well as a post-show reception.

ABOUT HATCH
Now in its ninth year, HATCH is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centre’s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices. HATCH mentorship provides resources and professional assistance to contemporary artists looking to explore a new element of their practice. By giving the space and time for this to happen, Harbourfront Centre hopes to develop and grow the best new work coming out of Toronto. This season’s guest curator is Toronto-based performance artist Jess Dobkin.

HATCH has produced many projects which have gone on to presentations around the world and have garnered many awards and professional accolades, including Hannah Moscovitch’s The Russian Play and Aluna Theatre’s Nohayquiensepa.

ABOUT HARBOURFRONT CENTRE
Harbourfront Centre is an innovative, non-profit cultural organization which provides internationally renowned programming in the arts, culture, education and recreation, all within a collection of distinctive venues on a 10-acre site it operates in the heart of Toronto’s downtown waterfront.

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