Inspired by the experimental films of the 1930’s Parisian avant-garde and the work of Maya Deren, The Rehearsal documents a musical gathering which is interrupted by a series of surreal encounters between the heroine, Natalie Brettschneider, and various objects. Purporting to be made from found historical footage, the film was created by Evann Siebens and Carol Sawyer in response to Sawyer’s ongoing project The Natalie Brettschneider Archive, a series of photographs, texts, and music recitals, that together reconstruct the life and work of a (fictional) genre-blurring historical performance artist. Conceived, written and directed by Carol Sawyer and Evann Siebens. 16mm cinematography and editing by Evann Siebens, sound design by John Oliver. Starring Michael O’Connell, Carol Sawyer, and Neil Wedman. Lighting and production stills: Kate Henderson. Catering and preproduction assistance: Kathleen Taylor. Post production assistance: Pascale Théorét-Groulx.
The Rehearsal will be exhibited from October 2017-February 2018 at the Vancouver Art Gallery as part of Carol Sawyers’s solo show, Carol Sawyer: The Natalie Brettschneider Archive.
To learn more about Evann Siebens’ work, visit her website.
To learn more about John Oliver’s work, visit his website.