Western Front Media Arts is pleased to present The Working Move, a new work by Brendan Fernandes. Developed over a six-week production residency, Fernandes worked collaboratively with Vancouver-based choreographer Justine Chambers to develop a series of Ballet-inspired movement vocabularies related to labor and endurance. The Working Move is informed by the histories of avant-garde dance and its relationship to visual art, in addition to history of dance and performance activity in the Grand Luxe Hall. The movement sequences are constructed to interact directly with a collection of plinths – the minimalist structures serve alternately as set, a supportive prop or an unwieldy burden. The Working Move will be presented in the Grand Luxe Hall, as an ongoing ninety minute rehearsal. Viewers are encouraged to come and go throughout the duration. A new series of photographs based around The Working Move will be presented in parallel to the performative work.
The Working Move was produced with the support of EDAM Dance, The Deux Mille Foundation and the Hamber Foundation. The Working Move is performed by Justine Chambers, Cody Cox, Carolynn Fisher, Zoe Nichele, Diego Romero and Sophia Wolfe. Special thanks to Access Gallery, 221a, Centre A and Arts Umbrella.