The Work of Wind curated by Christine Shaw

Glaciology (Cape Town), 2014
Photo: Brandy Leary

Suitable for all ages

Supported by The Metcalf Foundation

With assistance from Atlas Bayfield Roofing Inc.

Beaufort 3: Glaciology, 2013/2015

Anandam Dancetheatre - Toronto, Canada

Performance Installation

A human glacier slowly drifts through the city as a living landscape, continuously active for the full 12 hours.

Using the movements of glaciers across the earth’s surface as an entry point, this piece explores states of density, collaboration, collapse, overpopulation, relocation, disruption, environmental tipping points, mass graves, icebergs, and melting ice caps.

Glaciology is a site specific performance that combines choreography with human sculpture and interactive technology. This creates a surreal, constantly shifting image of bodies as landscape and simultaneously as capsules of history and memory; both human and geological.

Glaciology works with many bodies in motion to evoke the permanent effects of human and ecological conflicts. It takes the audience through the past centuries by overlapping and contrasting these images and ideas with the indelible power of glacial movements across landscapes. An accompanying sonic score and interactive elements for this work in now available for download:

The score can also be streamed live on the night of the performance. 

This work is composed by James Bunton with glacial field recordings by Brandy Leardy.

Anandam Dancetheatre creates live performances that explore the body as a curious and shifting filter for diverse viewpoints and practices. Their work is specifically fascinated by the present moment as an exchange and collaboration between people in a performative and social context. For them, this present-ness is energetic, transmissive, shamanistic, philosophic, embodied, physical, simple and clear.  



369 Lake Shore Boulevard East (Performers will travel Westward along Queens Quay to Lower Simcoe Street.)

231 Queens Quay West

This project is both indoors and outdoors.