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Anita Rochon / The Chop

Pathetic Fallacy

Northern Territory / Canada

World Premiere

Over the past 40 years, there have been more frequent extreme weather events than ever before in human history. Up until 40 years ago, hurricanes were only given female names. Hurricanes with female names kill more people than hurricanes with male names because people don’t prepare for them as thoroughly. People will accept any colour of sky in a painting as realistic. A green sky means a storm is coming.

Using a temperamental broadcast media green screen, this piece takes on our changing relationship to weather. Fusing raw fantasy with research into classical art, small talk, forecasting and how storms get named, Pathetic Fallacy is both factual and personal.

Creator Anita Rochon set herself the challenge of creating a touring piece with a touring party of zero. Each performance, a different local stand-in takes on the central role in a curious and hopeful work that draws a line between ancient weather gods and present-day conundrums.

Anita Rochon is a performance director primarily focused on the creation of new work. She and Emelia Symington Fedy are the artistic directors of Canadian theatre company The Chop, whose work is known for its sophisticated experimentation with authenticity and has involved some of the finest artists throughout Canada.

Creator & Director
Anita Rochon
Projection Designers Cande Andrade & Jordan Lloyd Watkins
Original Projection Design Jordan Lloyd Watkins
Outside Eyes Mark Chavez & Emelia Symington Fedy
Costume Designer Leah Weinstein
Image Credit
Samantha Madely

Supported by

Produced with the support of Theatre Replacement
Supported by Canada Council for the Arts, British Columbia Arts Council, City of Vancouver
Originally commissioned by Theatre Replacement as part of a Collider Residency, and was presented at PuShOFF 2018

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