Brendan Fernandes' Inaction
Brendan Fernandes’ Inaction: a performance with the New Ballet StudioCompany Choreographer and artist Brendan Fernandes, a former dancer, is acutely aware of the particular ways in which ballet dancers are trained to walk. Their gait broadcasts an authority, a calculated deliberateness, which Fernandes notes is “not unlike the presented authority of the museum.” In Inaction, Fernandes has choreographed the movements of a team of dancers to explore boundaries and thresholds within SJMA’s building. Blocking entryways, restricting doorways, and disrupting normal circulation, the dancers draw attention to borders and bodies within the Museum, and by extension to the growing tension surrounding borders and bodies in the world at large. Inaction is commissioned as part of the exhibition Other Walks, Other Lines.