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Pretend Not to See Me

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Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Site Media
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 50 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2009
Available in French: No

Newfoundland's spectacular, coastal landscape and an isolated farm become the living gallery for thirteen avant-garde performances by renowned visual artist Colette Urban. In her barns and fields. Colette becomes a half-woman half-bear, dances a tango while strapped into bungee cords, wheels Non-sensical record contraptions and turns herself into a parody of consumer goods. Colette uses her own body as an almost kinetic sculpture to explore themes of identity and social convention.
Born in Denver, Colorado, she immigrated to Canada in 1973 where she studied and established her career. She began spending summers in Newfoundland in 1993. In 2007, she moved full time to Newfoundland in 2007 and established the Full Tilt Creative Centre in an abandoned chicken farm. Colette Urban has performed her works across Canada and she has performed and exhibited around the world.
Traditional Newfoundland songs are reinterpreted and act as a chorus for Colette’s intimate bond with Newfoundland. Halifax singer songwriter, Tanya Davis’s song Art makes an evocative statement about the price of artistic excellence. Sam Shalabi’s contemporary score echoes Colette’s humour, melancholy and inventiveness.
"I am timid in the real world. Performance and this idea of disguise are a real comfort to me. I’m not me. I’m someone else once I am in that role of the performer." - Colette Urban