Behind the Shadows
16.30 minute loop Christina Battle, 2009
With score by Martin Arnold
Performed by Continuum Contemporary Music
Outside the window a storm like no other is taking shape. Behind the Shadows documents the imagined moment when the delicate balance between natural and developed worlds began to shift. Looking back upon an event yet to occur, time inside this threatened world is caught in an endless loop. Seeming to have no end, it stutters… repeats… extends. As if caught in a void between dream and reality, characters struggle to reconcile threats from the outside environment
Inspired by natural disaster horror movies, Behind the Shadows examines how popular media has shaped our understandings of fear. Commissioned by The Images Festival (Toronto) as a part of SHIFT: A Transatlantic Festival of the Arts the piece premiered at the Muziekgebouw aan ‘t IJ concert hall in Amsterdam in November of 2008. The North American premiere was also performed with live musical score at the 2009 Images Festival in Toronto.