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					Tower of Silence                              of the site, specifically to the history of the
                                              monks who once lived a life of silence
                                                                                                Mary. In it I planted 30 fabricated roses
                                                                                                with audio speakers hidden in the center.
                                                                                                                                            and the performers at the perform-
                                                                                                                                            ance, at all that is referenced and at
This was a 49 minute, site specific per-      there. I used silence and prayer as a ref-        The cables were hidden underground and      they themselves have come to repre-
formance work for 2 vocalists, 5 perform-     erence to the political and social power of       run to a sound system. At the beginning     sent.
ers and pre-recorded audio tape and a         voice. The letter H is often a silent letter      of the performance I walked through the           I began the performance at the
garden of 30 fabricated laughing roses. It    in several languages. The tower was built         garden touching the roses and they start-   top of the tower where I kissed the
was performed on a 36 foot tower in the       of scaffolding and the performance por-           ed to laugh and continued to laugh          cheek of one of the 2 angels that are
shape of the letter H. The site of the per-   trayed a counter movement of climbing             throughout the performance except for a     in the alcoves at the top of the ruins.
formance was the ruins of the Trappist        and descending in relation to the archi-          4 minute period of silence in Song 6. The   I climbed down and began to dig a
Monastary that is located on the grounds      tecture.                                          laughter of the roses provides a subver-    hole into the earth with a shovel and
of the St. Norbert Arts and Cultural               In front of the tower was a circular         sive backdrop. Women’s laughter is pres-    a pick axe. I dug throughout the per-
Centre. The performance was a reaction        garden dedicated to the blessed Virgin            ent. The roses laugh with the audience      formance . The audio and live vocals
                                                                                                                                            were structured around 7 songs and
                                                                                                                                            at the beginning of each song some-
                                                                                                                                            one on the bridge of the H poured a
                                                                                                                                            bucket of water down on me as I dug.
                                                                                                                                            The 4 performers had begun the per-
                                                                                                                                            formance down at the river and when
                                                                                                                                            the audio started they filed 5 buckets
                                                                                                                                            with water and walked up the hill to
                                                                                                                                            the site. They watered the Laughing
                                                                                                                                            Roses with one of the buckets and
                                                                                                                                            carried the other 4 up to the bridge of
                                                                                                                                            the H.
                                                                                                                                                  Two other performers climbed to
                                                                                                                                            the top of each side of the H and
                                                                                                                                            began to drag the red ladders to the
                                                                                                                                            top. Two other performers climbed
                                                                                                                                            continuously up and down the tower.
                                                                                                                                            On the right side, Lori Freedman
                                                                                                                                            was climbing and Diana Campanaro
                                                                                                                                            was hauling the ladder up to the top
                                                                                                                                            and then letting it go and hauling it up
                                                                                                                                            again. Both were working fast,
                                                                                                                                            determined and unceasing. On the
                                                                                                                                            other side Kim Truchan was climbing
                                                                                                                                            the tower. She was slow, strained,
                                                                                                                                            and interrupted with falling and stum-
                                                                                                                                            bling back to the ground. She
                                                                                                                                            knocked on doors and climbed and
                                                                                                                                            fell through the doors and windows
                                                                                                                                            that were located at various levels on
                                                                                                                                            her side of the tower.. Debbie
                                                                                                                                            Patterson was at the top hauling the
                                                                                                                                            ladder up. She struggled for a few
                                                                                                                                            moments and then tied the rope of f
                                                                                                                                            leaving the ladder hanging against
                                                                                                                                            the H. She would step to the micro-
                                                                                                                                            phone and to assist with the live cvo-
                                                                                                                                            cals and then return to her laboured
                                                                                                                                            task.
                                                                                                                                                  Joining the two sides was a
                                                                                                                                            bridge across the H where the lead
                                                                                                                                            vocalist Kathleen Yearwood stood
                                                                                                                                            and sang in relationship with the pre-
                                                                                                                                            recorded audio tape.

				
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