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Le Retrait (The Withdrawal), video still, HD video, 53 minutes, 2018

Olivia Boudreau

Scenes and Sequences 

Galerie d’art Louise-et-Reuben-Cohen

Université du Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada


A candle flickers on a dark stage. Poised and ardent, a seated figure begins to play her instrument. L’Erbarme Dich, Bach’s famous aria for the supplication and repentance of Saint Peter, fills the room. As the figure plays on, the stripped-down scene persists but its sequence changes. The player begins to cut her sweeping drama short, dropping the endnote of her composition with each recitation. The scene is a vision of passion and dissolution.

Lyric Essay, "Now, See Here, Before You"

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