Performing a water honoring this past autumn on the edge of the Kichisippi River on Algonquin Territory in Ottawa, ON, I was intensely aware of the women who were witnessing me — women who had walked for miles and miles to bring about awareness of the water crisis that affects so many FN communities and were now sitting down around a fire, eating stew, and witnessing me move. The moment was punctuated with a single drop of rain that fell just as I was moving towards a final shape at the water’s edge. It was an intense moment I will never forget.
It was heart-breaking to learn that I was going to be too tall to be a ballerina..this was back when I was twelve, auditioning for the RWB Professional Program and full of a devotion for the form that I would later reject and yet always fall back on as the foundation of my training as a dance artist. Turns out they were correct in their assumptions. That year I tried Pointe work I quickly realized I preferred to watch others do it than suffer the mangled toes and other warped physiology that comes from the technique.
4) If you could hang out with the ghost of any artist passed, who would it be? what would you do? what would you ask?
5) Is the project you’re creating for Shooting Gallery beginning with any specific questions?
6) Can you tell us about a work of art which you remember because of your emotional reaction to it? (Whether you liked it or not)
LaLaLa Human Steps — a solo where the dancer leaped around the stage and every leap was caught in the flash of a strobe. I was floored. I’m pretty sure that was the work that drew me into Contemporary choreography.
7) What’s your favorite thing to make for dinner?
8) Do you have any hobbies?
Cuddling with my two cats, reading old copies of the New Yorker, gardening when the sun is out and the soil is calling
Q+A w/ Sophia Wolfe
1) Has art ever changed your mind about something?
Absolutely, everyday, all the time!
2) If you could hang out with the ghost of any artist passed, who would it be? what would you do?
Micheal Jackson, he’d teach me how to sing and dance.
3) Is the project you’re creating for Shooting Gallery beginning with any specific questions?
I am curious about different ways that I can immediately collect and view audiences visual perspectives through their smart phones, and how that can be re-shaped, recycled and transformed into something else.
4) Can you tell us about a work of art which you remember because of your emotional reaction to it? (Whether you liked it or not)
I recently watched She, Mami Wata & The Pussy Witchhunt, by Frank Theatre. It was mind-blowing transported me into new realms and dimensions. D’Bi Young Anitafrika was something out of this world, and told stories through her incredible spirt and presence. She transformed in ways I had never seen a performer transform before and it was so inspiring to witness. I won’t ever forget it.
5) What’s your favourite thing to make for dinner?
Anything that involves noodles!
6) Do you have any hobbies?
Forever making plans for a vacation…
7) Embarrassing story or confession?
Watching Terrace House (a Japanese reality TV show, kind of like Big Brother) in my free time… Im trying to learn Japanese!
This week we’re introducing you all to Priscilla Costa. She is a warm, high energy clown artist and an excellent host! When I arrived at her East Vancouver home, she welcomed me with lemon water and rose tea. A plate filled with cheese, crackers and fruit followed not long after. We sat on the floor of her living room, sipped tea and recorded our chat which was prompted by a few thoughts of her own and questions of mine.
Here, Priscilla touches briefly on what drives her to perform!
Priscilla shares her experience navigating the draw of darkness, and confessions of an existential clown breakdown here and there. We discuss the balance of when to dig and when to wait.
*** a few curse words in there, consider yourself warned.
Maxine Chadburn is a performance artist based on the unseeded territory’s of the Coast Salish peoples, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam) Nations. She has performed with various companies and independent choreographers, touring across Canada and internationally. Maxine has focused her studies on Contemporary dance, contact improvisation, Meisner’s acting technique and Fitzmaurice Voicework. For her work in feature film, she’s received nominations for Best Lead Performance by a Female in a Motion Picture and Best Emerging Performer presented by the Leos and UBCP/ACTRA Awards.