Note: Due to unforeseen circumstances, The sky held me (rainfall on hands hair lips) will be postponed until Fall 2022. New dates and times will be shared via our website and social media channels.
The sky held me (rainfall on hands hair lips) was intended to be a series of springtime site-specific performance investigations taking place at High Park over the course of five days. Building upon the interdisciplinary practice of artist Tanya Lukin Linklater and her work in the Biennial, Held in the air I never fell (spring lightning sweetgrass song), these process-based open rehearsals will bring Linklater together with invited dancers Ivanie Aubin-Malo and Ceinwen Gobert, and composer/musician Laura Ortman to generate resonant embodied inquiries. Bordered to the west by Grenadier Pond and covered in a system of wetlands, High Park is a place of synergy between land and water. During these sustained sessions, Lukin Linklater will lead a collective performance in response to scores she has penned, as well as to the surroundings of High Park during the spring—a particularly generative season that invites us to take cues from the sky above us.
Check the TBA Instagram account (@torontobiennial) for live updates.
This project is made possible with the generous support of the Ontario Arts Council, Dickinson Wright LLC, The Audrey S. Hellyer Charitable Foundation, and the Women Leading Initiative.
Image Caption: Tanya Lukin Linklater, How we mark land and how land marks us, video still, 2017. Performed by: Tanya Lukin Linklater with Laura Ortman, Elisa Harkins, and Hanako Hoshimi-Caines. Courtesy of the artist.
Ceinwen Gobert (raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan; lives and works in Toronto) is a multidisciplinary artist who has interpreted works for a number of choreographers and companies throughout her career, including W&M Physical Theatre, Paul-Andre Fortier, Darryl Tracy, Brian Solomon, and Signal Theatre. Ceinwen worked with Kaha:wi Dance Theatre from 2004-2016, was a company member with Van Grimde Corps Secrets from 2005-2009, and has had the privilege of dancing with Tanya Lukin-Linklater since 2013. She is also a Registered Massage Therapist, acupuncture practitioner, and co-owner of Summit Massage Studio. Ceinwen graduated with distinction from the collaborative BA program at the University of Calgary and the School of Alberta Ballet.
Ivanie Aubin-Malo (lives and works in L’Iset, Quebec) is a Wolastoq and Quebecois dancer, choreographer and curator. She invests herself in projects that reflect on ecology and human ethics regarding our environment. Aubin-Malo contributes to connecting Indigenous movement-based artists in order to break isolation, cultivate inspiration, facilitate knowledge sharing, and dare certain collaborations. Her artistic research hopes to shed light on the beauty of the Wolastoqey language and its relation to the land and the body. She plans to open a Wolastoqey Cultural Center where culture can be celebrated and revitalized in the area while connecting with others.
Laura Ortman (White Mountain Apache, lives and works in Brooklyn, New York) is a soloist musician and composer creating across multiple platforms and is versed in Apache violin, piano, electric guitar, keyboards, and amplified violin. She has collaborated with artists such as Tony Conrad, Jock Soto, Raven Chacon, Nanobah Becker, Okkyung Lee, Martin Bisi, Jeffrey Gibson, Caroline Monnet, Tanya Lukin Linklater, Martha Colburn, and In Defense of Memory. She has performed at countless venues across the US, Canada and Europe including The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, The Stone residency, The New Museum, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, The Toronto Biennial, and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. In 2008 Ortman founded the Coast Orchestra, an all-Indigenous orchestral ensemble. Most recently, Ortman was the recipient of the 2022 United States Artists Fellowship and 2022 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists and was a participating artist in the 2019 Whitney Biennial.
Tanya Lukin Linklater (Alutiiq, born in 1976, Kodiak Island, USA; lives in North Bay, Canada) considers the histories of Indigenous peoples’ lives, lands and structures of sustenance through performances, works for camera, installations and writing. Her performances in relation to objects, scores and ancestral belongings generate what she has come to call “felt structures.” Her work has been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Chicago Architecture Biennial; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the Remai Modern, Saskatoon; and elsewhere. In 2021, she participated in the New Museum Triennial and received the Herb Alpert Award in Visual Art.
NOTE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, Tanya Lukin Linklater’s program The sky held me (rainfall on hands hair lips) will be postponed until Fall 2022. New dates and times will be announced in the coming weeks, visit our events calendar and/or Instagram page for updates.
Participated in the “Contingencies of Care” Residency, 2021.