“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.
This performance was performed at MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), Montreal, Canada on Feb 7, 2015 Performed by: Zoe Bacchus, Kelsey Duffy, Bailey Eng, Alida Esmail, Maggy Flynn, Lucy Fandel, Brittney Gering, Olivia. Faye Lathuilliere, Natalie Montalvo, Kim L. Rouchdy, Mira Fister-Tadic, Mary Williamson.
Photo credit: Laurence Cheveux- Courts