Rain, Rain, Rain, Gifts, Globes & Venus

Throughout the summer and autumn, Sarah Beth Goncarova was here in Nova Scotia bending branches, wiring lights and recording sounds. In August and September we were privileged to have her experiential sculpture, What Gifts the Rain May Bring, installed in the secondfloor gallery at Main & Station. She also created installations in the gardens at West Bay and at The Pond House.  Check out the videos, words, and images below for a taste of her wonderful creations.

What Gifts the Rain May Bring from Sarah Beth Goncarova on Vimeo.

Sarah Beth Goncarova is also a poet…

What Gifts the Rain May Bring

               for Judith and Harvey      

What you call Invasive Species

I see for what they are—

scourged by hurricane winds,

dried up and tired and

picked at and picked over

Oh-so-ready to rest their broken bones

into the damp

In these I see

a haven in the trees

for fireflies lost and forgotten

seeking shelter

from the wind who

will always have her way

A nest to nourish lost dreams–

the ones most meaningful and yet

most likely to be sneered at

and declared Invasive

and sprayed with Round-Up

and chopped up don’t worry

it’s better this way

I see a place where you can do handstands and cartwheels

and build castles in the mud

and forts in the trees

and play Uno in your undies

in a tree house by flashlight

and talk like gangsters

and chew on carrots like cigars

and drink root beer floats without mom knowing

and blow bubbles through straws

with your nose

We all need a place to play–

a nest for fireflies lost and forgotten

where you can do anything

or do nothing

and just watch what gifts the rain may bring –

even when, especially when

we are all grown up.

     -Esbie Goncarova


Venus of Parrsboro. A living sculpture of alder wood and moss, commissioned by The Pond House Pottery Center, Nova Scotia.

“Her movements large and lush, flush with green, she bends and twists in roaring dance and silent prayer to sights unseen.”

To see and read more of Sarah Beth’s work, visit her website http://goncarova.com/

Nonesuch After Hours at the Parrsboro Film Festival

For the main Festival schedule, visit The Hall’s website at http://www.thehall.ca/

Film Fest 2014

 Admission to all Nonesuch After Hours screenings at the Parrsboro Film Festival is FREE



Friday, Oct. 24

11:30 -11:35 pm   Jason Young introduces Animals

11:35 pm – 12:50 am   Animals (running time: 74 min 2 sec)

12:50 – 1:05 am   Q&A with Jason Young

1:05 – 1:10 am   short break

1:10 – 1:15 am   Harvey introduces Empress Blue

1:15 – 1:18 am   Empress Blue (running time 2 minutes, 46 sec)

1:18 – 1:23 am   Harvey introduces Meaningless Possessions

1:23 – 1:29 am   Meaningless Possessions (running time about 6 minutes)

1:29 – 1:34 am   Harvey introduces In Griffintown

1:34 – 1:51 am   In Griffintown (running time 17 minutes)

1:51 – 1:56 am   Harvey introduces Agape

1:56 – 2:10 am   Agape (running time 12 minutes, 24 sec)


Saturday, Oct.25

11:30 – 11:40 pm   short break (to allow people to get to Main & Station from The Hall)

11:40 – 11:50 pm    Sherman Shapiro introduces Great White Encounter: The Scott Stephens Story

11:50 pm – 12:20 am   Great White Encounter: The Scott Stephens Story (running time: 29 minutes, 31 sec)

12:20 – 12:25 am   short break

12:25 – 12:30 am   Harvey introduces Jean-Pierre Perreault, Giant Steps

12:30 – 1:23 am   Jean-Pierre Perreault, Giant Steps (running time 53 minutes, 8 seconds)

1:23 – 1:30 am   short break

1:30 – 1:35 am   Harvey introduces Corps-Mort

1:35 – 1:58 am Corps-Mort (running time 22 minutes, 2 seconds)


Sunday, Oct. 26

7:00 – 7:05 pm   Harvey introduces Rivers and Tides

7:05 – 8:35 pm   Rivers and Tides (running time 90 minutes)


For the main Festival schedule, visit The Hall’s website at http://www.thehall.ca/


A performance of EESTI: “Myths and Machines” (Unplugged) in Parrsboro for ONE NIGHT ONLY

Artists in residence Thea Patterson, Peter Trosztmer, Lois Brown, Jean-Sébastien Durocher and Jeremy Gordaneer will be staging an unplugged performance of EESTI: “Myths and Machines” at Main & Station, Parrsboro’s ‘old post office’, on Thursday, October 2nd, 2014.

Eesti: Myths and Machines is Peter Trosztmer’s choreographic examination of his family history and how it has shaped his own identity. Brought to life through letters and an oral history, this work is a tour de force of movement, storytelling and moving sound sculpture that takes the viewer on a journey of discovery and redemption.


“This is the story of how my family came to Canada …  This is absolutely nothing like how my family came to Canada”

Inspired by the stories of my Grandfather’s escape from Estonia at the end of WWII in a small boat, Eesti Myths and Machines is a tour de force of movement, storytelling and moving sound sculpture that takes the viewer on a journey of discovery and redemption. Brought to life through letters and an oral history we travel through time as I come to terms with how my grandfather’s heroism and courage resonate two generations later, and howthey find a voice is the much less epic moments of ‘heroism’ that I encounter in my day to day neighbourhood life.

Jeremy Gordaneer_blue

“There are those rare performances that fill you up so that you’re brimming, stoked by the integrity of the work, or perhaps elated with a feeling of reflection… easily one of the best productions of the year.” – Philip Szporer – Dance Current

“Une pièce magnifique, mon coup de cœur de l’automne … La danse, le texte, l’environnement sonore et visuel se font écho avec une rare cohérence et une grande poésie.”- Frédérique Doyon – Le Devoir

Top 5 choreographies of 2011  – Fabienne Cabado – Voir

“…un hallucinant solo… à la fois lumineux et bouleversant.” – Natalia Wysocka  -  Nightlife.ca

This is for one night only so don’t miss it!

Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00PM

 Pay What You Can

 Dave MacLeod

The group have performances of Eesti scheduled in Halifax from September 25th through 27th at liveart Dance Productions as well as an intimate sound performance at  Parentheses on the 28th. On October 8th they will perform at Neighbourhood Dance Works in St John’s.

Myth and Machines was created with the support of Studio 303, Tangente, Public Energy, Le Conseil des arts et des lettres du Quebec, and The Canada Council for the Arts.

Since 2012, Peter Trosztmer is also a Nonesuch artist in residence at Techno-Lith’s New City Gas Complex in Montreal.