Created and performed by Sarah Joy Stoker, this new solo, Fort/tress continues to explore what are the common themes in Stoker's work, those of the ecological crisis, extinction, displacement, conservation, and stewardship, industry, consumption, consumerism and the fundamental disconnect humans and development have had from the physical natural world. We are rocked with grief, we mourn, we are paralyzed and desperate, we feel panic and we try to hold on to hope. A departure for Stoker within this work in particular is the clear and specific look to the female, the mother, the matriarch. We cannot separate the conversations around climate change, ecosystems, refugees, food security or poverty from the female. She is on the front lines, she is the creator and nurturer, the protector and not often enough, should be a facilitator, a leader. This work puts sexuality of the female on display, treading an obscure and tenuous line between submission and repression, misogyny, aggression, power, pain and pleasure.
Funded by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council and the City of St. John's.
Photos by Michael Luke
PIG event (Performance Inquiry Group), Maddox Cove, NL, August, 2018