Yellow Umbrella – An Unfinished Conversation

Performance: 90 minutes at Nuit Blanche, Montreal, 2016

 

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females hold yellow umbrellas and stand still

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females point the same direction with their yellow umbrellas

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 dancers salute with their wrong hands

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females raise their three fingers to call three fundamental political rights

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females sit on floor to meditate their political situation while holding umbrellas

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females hide behind their umbrellas

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females raise their three fingers to call three fundamental political rights

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females hold yellow umbrellas and repeat 10 gestures

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 12 females hold yellow umbrellas as if they hold weapons

Chun Hua Catherine Dong's Yellow Umbrella performance: 2 females hold yellow umbrellas and hug each other

“The Yellow Umbrella—An Unfinished Conversation” is a performance that involves twelve performers engaging with yellow umbrellas. In this work, the performers all wear white surgical masks and grey dresses. They stand in a row, repeating ten gestures. They hold each gesture for two minutes and then move to the next one in a sequence.The umbrella is a symbol of protection and resistance. This performance seeks an intersection where aesthetics and politics ignite each other, exploring how symbolic and situational behaviors impact on our perception in regards to specific social movements and activism. It is relevant to open conversations about how to transform social and political landscapes through embodied gestures, examining relationships between the citizens and the place they live, between what they have lost and what they have gained in social political transformations.

performed by Liliana Argued, Catherine Laframboise Desjardins, Kelsey Duffy, Alida Esmail, Lucy Fandel, Maggy Flynn,  Brittney Canda Gering, Kim L Rouchdy, Maggie O’Neill, Natalie Schneck, Eryn Tempest,  Emilie van der Waals

photo courtesy of the artist