Future Living Room by sarah koekkoek
November 23, 2022 – February 15, 2023
Future Living Room is an installation and video performance by sarah koekkoek, an ecology-focused dance artist, choreographer, and trauma informed educator. sarah’s research examines movement as a language that can help cultivate greater understanding and compassion with our relationship to self, others and the earth. Her work explores punctured relationships and existence within an abused and exploited natural world.
“Is this the future of the suburban living room? Or perhaps a fantasy of a lost cyclical past…
As taught by their elders, the performers weave a connected form utilizing crocheting techniques. While the form beneath them increases in length and complexity, they settle into their domesticated roles. Seemingly detached from the screen between them are overlaying footage of hands and bodies in relation with the materials. In the repetition of the performer’s movement, the viewer is invited to come and go as they please. This is a meditation on connectivity and cyclicality.”
Performers: sarah koekkoek & Mary Dyja
Plants: sarah koekkoek & Jordanna Masi
Cinematographer: Bryce Zimmerman
sarah koekkoek is an ecology focused multidisciplinary artist and educator based in Tkarón:to. In her former life as a classically trained ballet dancer, sarah performed with many of Canada’s largest ballet companies (Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Ballet Jorgen and The Royal Winnipeg Ballet). Currently, sarah is interested in creating work that explores our punctured relationship and existence within the abused and exploited natural world, developing an environment of (physical) emotions surrounding climate change and the anthropocene.