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The Coming Silence (a film)

The Coming Silence is a film based on the live site-adaptive performance installation, The Coming Silence. Released in 2022, the film premiered at the Green Montenegro International Film Festival (Montenegro), and has also been screened at DANCE ONSCREEN (Canada), the Outlet Dance Project (USA), and HECare Film Festival (Canada). The film also won an Honourable Mention for Costume Design at the Exeter Dance International Film Festival (UK).

The Coming Silence is a site-based performance installation that highlights humanity’s ethical dilemmas in the Anthropocene. Created with support from Canada Council for the Arts, The Coming Silence examines the concept of extinction, whether through viral, climatic or ecological means, by focusing on the taxidermied reality of the natural history museum. 

A creation of kloetzel&co., The Coming Silence includes direction/choreography by Melanie Kloetzel with cinematography by Linnea Swan and poetry by A.E. Stallings. Performers for the work include Kaili Che, Shondra Cromwell-Krywulak, Hannah Isbister, Megan Koch, Alyssa Maturino, Meghann Michalsky, Sarah Mitchell, Camille Mori, Maggie Myles, Rufi Oswaldo, Taylor Ritchie, and Reese Wilson.