May 20, 2021 update on live performances and events at the NAC.

Phantom Stills & Vibrations

Performance Art Exhibit by Lara Kramer

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Dance Cross-disciplinary Visual Arts

The exhibit Phantom Stills & Vibrations is part of the NAC Dance Face 2 Face series (Feb 21-23) which features three indigenous contemporary creators: Lara KramerJacob Boehme (ILBIJERRI Theatre Company) and Victoria Hunt.  

Exhibit Hours

Wednesday, February 20: 5-9 p.m.
Thursday, February 21: 12-9 p.m.
Friday, February 22: 12-9 p.m.
Saturday, February 23: 10-8 p.m.

30-minute performance by Lara Kramer
Wednesday, February 20: 5:30 p.m.
Saturday, February 23: 3 p.m.

About the exhibit

Places and bodies – broken, betrayed, defiled. Secret, hidden stories gush to the surface in Phantom Stills & Vibrations, an immersive experience that looks to the former Pelican Falls Indian residential school in Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario where three generations of her family were forced to attend. A cultural genocide that continues, that leaves traces and open wounds. Inspired by visits to the land of her ancestors, choreographer Lara Kramer has crafted a performance art exhibit in collaboration with Stefan Petersen, a reminder of the repercussions of the traumas passed on from generation to generation.

A photograph of the former residential school (now a high school) and a soundscape of the north underpin a minimalist performance. Kramer portrays the excruciating reality of abused children and questions the possibility of moving forward. How can there be a rebuilding when violence is perpetuated? The exhibit stirs, disturbs, leads to reflection and meditation. A work of essential, powerful remembrance.


  • Conceived and choreographed by Lara Kramer
  • Produced by Lara Kramer Danse
  • Created and performed by Lara Kramer & Stefan Petersen
  • Sound Recording and Mixing Lara Kramer
  • Sound Editing Marc Meriläinen
  • Outside Eye Ida Baptiste
  • Written by Elsa Pépin
  • Coproduction Fonderie Darling & the National Arts Centre
  • With the support of Trent University Ashley Fellowship Diffusion MAI