If I Should Stumble (2016)

“Sometimes when things fall apart they are actually falling into place”
– Unknown
Performer Anita Nittoly uses stairs as both her stage and her nemesis in this movement installation. Nittoly shines and stumbles as she personifies the concept of falling from grace, while actually falling (gracefully and otherwise) while other aspects of her self take alternative approaches.

In this performance, Goodwin is particularly interested in personal power, female comradery, the cracks in ones’ confidence, the spectacle of a persona, the faux pas’, missteps, mistakes, and the challenges and resilience particularly of women in day to day life.

“Vertigo is the conflict between the fear of falling and the desire to fall.” – Salman Rushdie

Performed at The Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, Toronto City Hall. Originally curated by Rui Pimenta & Elise Hodson. Later curated by Anahita Azrahimi

Created by Jenn Goodwin
In collaboration with
and performed by
Anita Nittoly, Sarah Doucet, Zoja Smutny, Brandy Leary, Kaja Irwin, Jasmyn Fyffe, Lua Shayenne, Nicola Pantin, Caroline-Nicolas Gordon and Jenn Goodwin
Costume Design Sarah Doucet
Music Tanya Tagaq. Song: “Uja” from the Album Animism. Re-mixed by Tino Zolfo. Thank you to Six Shooter Records.
Video by Lee Henderson