Jenn Goodwin (she/her) is a dance artist, curator, and artistic producer. Much of her art and producing practice focuses on temporary art in public space through movement and a feminist lens in addition to championing artists and communities by way of their art practices. For the last fifteen years she has worked for the City of Toronto with a focus on Nuit Blanche and is currently lead Programmer of the ArtworxTO Hubs (The Year of Public Art). Jenn received her Master’s in Curatorial Studies at the University of Toronto and a BFA in Contemporary Dance from Concordia. Goodwin has curated, performed and exhibited across Canada and internationally.
Instagram handle: @jennygeez
Briana Brown will be assisting Jenn with this project. Briana is a creative producer who’s worked with a breadth of arts organizations, from grassroots collectives to large-scale institutions including the Canadian Stage Company, Seventh Stage Productions, Paprika Festival, Nova Dance, and Brave New Play Rites (Vancouver). She is currently the Artistic Producer of Anandam Dancetheatre and the Festival Director of Digital NOW! a festival for weary hearts. She is a practicing playwright, screenwriter and theatre director.
This project is funded through Ontario Trillium Foundation’s Resilient Communities Fund.
Procession of (Port) Hope
Our bodies, minds and movements have been affected in so many ways during the pandemic. This project considers how we might stay in the body during such a destabilizing time, and perhaps even deepen our presence, relationship and connection with our movement and bodies through this.
In response to our curatorial theme “Where do we go from here?” artist Jenn Goodwin, proposed a community engaged movement-based project that would lead us through the pandemic and allow us to connect with one another.
Procession of (Port) Hope will culminate in a ”New Orleans” style procession on Saturday, May 21st during Cultivate’s Spring Launch Festival, through Downtown Port Hope with simple, repetitive, intentional choreography with local residents.
The movement score and choreography will be created from text & inputs from the community created through (zoom and in-person) workshops. Text banners, flags and signage will be made (some handmade), some printed professionally. The artist will also arrange an in person rehearsal (recorded on video to be shared with the community).
For the procession, participants carry signage/ banners that will later be displayed as a visual art installation in Lent Lane.
Opportunity for various local groups to work as units of the procession; anything from a family unit to local pipe/drum band to seniors, youth groups.
Artist Jenn Goodwin wants to know…
HOW ARE YOU DOING?
Jenn will also host 2 pop up community engagement opportunities where you are invited to…
Create a sign – for now, for later, for them, for you, for the procession, for (Port) Hope.
Saturday, April 9 @ Float Your Fanny (drop by our booth from 11am-3pm), &
Saturday, May 21 @Cultivate’s Spring LAUNCH Festival (11am to 7pm)
Take a moment to reflect and share your thoughts with us.
Your input will be incorporated into a choreographed procession (which will take place at Cultivate’s Launch festival on May 21st) and a pop up visual art installation will be installed in Lent Lane afterwards.
Jenn Goodwin workshopped some text and choreography with New Media Arts high school students from Trinity College School, and does a test run of the Procession of Port Hope.