Project Rainbow in Residence

Apr 2 — Jun 30, 2012



Grand Luxe Hall, Western Front 


Western Front hosted artist collective Project Rainbow (Jesse Birch, Jade Boyd, Heidi Nutley, and Sydney Vermont) for a research residency as part of Past is Prologue—a series that invited artists, writers, curators, and critics to produce a new work using the Western Front archive as a critical point of departure.

While in residence, Project Rainbow continued their ongoing interest in media, dance, and colour to create a new video exploring the legacy of contemporary dance and movement at Western Front. Titled Ultraviolet (2013), the project focuses on the work and impact of dancer and educator Jane Ellison, who has been an integral part of Western Front since 1975. The work includes interviews with Ellison and artists Eric Metcalfe and Hank Bull, and documentation of Ellison performing and teaching in the EDAM Studio.

The following year, Project Rainbow’s work-in-progress was screened in the Grand Luxe Hall alongside a selection of tapes from Western Front’s archive.

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