Date(s) - Saturday, July 20, 2019
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shaina Cantino is the second artist in residence in the A.P.E. summer series, ARC (Activate, Research, Create). ARC.2019 continues to expand the understanding of a contemporary art gallery as an active space within the community.
Shaina will be developing and documenting an evening-length contemporary dance theater piece in collaboration with performer Leah Fournier and dramaturg/designer Rose Proctor.
The performance, inspired by Cantino’s relationship with her recently deceased grandmother, grapples with various levels of intimacy in the dying process. The movement and text explores the tug between rigidity and expansion in aging and letting go.
Cantino began to create the piece after doing a Craniosacral Therapy (CST) with her 97-year-old grandmother, who had dementia and was nearing the end of her life. Shaina was amazed by her grandmother’s response – she kept saying, “This is peace, this is peace.” Her openness to it stirred up questions for Shaina of how our culture relates to those losing mental function and nearing the end of their lives. She saw many of the nurses passing through her room asking, “Why are you scared,” in response to which her grandmother would become more frustrated and disoriented. Cantino also saw how relaxing and supportive her grandmother found a gentle hand on her body
and a simple “I understand, it’s very hard.” Her grandmother responded with, “I feel you here with me.”
During the making process, there will be open-studio time for people to pass through the gallery space, with the option to receive a taste of Craniosacral Therapy.
Public Events include:
Saturday, July 13 from 4-8 pm: a durational performance in the gallery window legible to foot-traffic.
July 18-20 at 8 pm: Nightly performances open to the public. Tickets are $12 with some flexibility in price.