Do Jacinte’s dances on the sidewalk in front of the courthouse or in the courtyard to the right of the building.
Our Days In Court consists of four visual scores with accompanying audio instructions that invite audience members to embody the EAC’s four major court battles fought between the 1970s and today. Conceived as a “dance” for the audience, by the audience, the work summons individuals (or groups) to move through the motions of each case and its impacts. Guided by a visual “map” and audio cues, the movements are pedestrian in style, but illustrate how a cause gains momentum. This piece celebrates the impacts the EAC has made for Nova Scotians by taking audiences through the feeling of these actions.
The transcript or descriptive text for this piece can be found by touching the "Text" button in the bottom right hand corner of your screen in the "View the Art" section.
Jacinte Armstrong (she/her) is an artist based in K’jipuktuk/Halifax, NS. Her work explores embodied practice through performance, choreography, collaboration, and curation, communicating the experience of the body in relation to objects, materials, and people. Receiving her early training at Halifax Dance, she went on to study at Dalhousie University and at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL, and received her MFA from NSCAD University in 2020. Jacinte is a co-founder and Artistic Director of SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) Dance and was Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio from 2014-18. She performs regularly with SiNS, Mocean Dance, independently, and in her own work. Her choreography ranges from intimate and imagistic to large-scale collaborations with architects, visual artists, radio producers, filmmakers, and musicians. She has worked with many choreographers and collaborators, including Cory Bowles, Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Veronique MacKenzie, Lisa Phinney Langley, Liliona Quarmyne, Tedd Robinson, Serge Bennathan, Danièle Desnoyers, Denise Fujiwara, Sarah Chase, Liz Kinoshita, Sarah Joy Stoker, Katie Ward, Secret Theatre, Alicia Grant, Camille-Zoé Valcourt-Synott, Louis-Charles Dionne, and more. Her current and ongoing research is around scores for performance, exploring feminism and regionality through choreography and collaboration, and maintaining a sense of humour.
Photo Credit: Kevin MacCormack
In 1990, EAC (along with Greenpeace, the Cape Breton Coalition for Environmental Protection and the Save Boularderie Island Society) took the federal government to court for not conducting proper public consultation or an adequate environmental review and assessment for the expansion of the Point Aconi coal-fired power plant. The coalition of environmentalists lost and EAC nearly went bankrupt because of it. But that hasn’t stopped them from taking the government to court on a number of other occasions since, to challenge illegal and irresponsible activities. Other court cases concerned bottom dragging on Georges Bank, approving the first genetically engineered salmon for human consumption, and pesticide spraying for spruce budworm.