Chantal? A performance conceived by Sonia Wieder-Atherton 
and Renaud Bouchard-Gonzalez

Chantal? A performance by cello player Sonia Wieder-Atherton based on Chantal Akerman's work

"Chantal Akerman moves forward, frontally and almost blindly, radically redefining the role of the filmic image."
France Culture

"Watching Sonia Wieder-Atherton play is like watching Rudolf Nureyev dance. Her instrument is as much a part of her body as her arms or legs, and she makes it sing in a way that would seem impossible from anyone else."
Time Out New York

In person: Sonia Wieder-Atherton

A performance structured around an absence – the filmmaker Chantal Akerman (1950-2015), represented on stage by her first film and excerpts from one of her books – and a presence – the stellar cellist Sonia Wieder-Atherton, her companion and collaborator for many years, who “imagined” this dialogue: “I wanted to play along with her, her every move, her silences, her dancing at once burlesque and deadly serious, her anxiety as she is humming little tunes. Tracking her, surprising her, surprising myself at each step. It begins with Bartok’s Sonata for Solo Violin (1944), transcribed here for the cello. This is followed by a child’s voice singing softly at first, then getting louder: Chantal’s voice in Saute ma ville (1968)… After the explosion A Family in Brussels (1998) gently slips its way between the notes and the images…” — Sonia Wieder-Atherton

Presented in collaboration with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, the California Institute of the Arts School of Music, Zena Zezza, Northwest Film Center, Third Angle New Music, Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education, Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland’s Regional Arts & Culture Council, Northwest Film Forum, and On the Boards – with the support of Fondation Chantal Akerman.

Funded in part by the Ostrovsky Family Fund. Curated by Steve Anker and Bérénice Reynaud, as part of the Jack H. Skirball Series.

Associated Images: 

MON 4/23
8:30 pm

G - General Audience

M - REDCAT Members

ST - Students

CA - CalArts Students/Faculty/Staff