National Arts Center of Canada presents:
Noppera-Bo by Denise Fujiwara, William Yong / Fujiwara Dance Inventions / W Zento Production
The greatest fears come faceless
Noppera-bo. Noppera-bo. Faceless ghost.
Its visage obscured by darkness, cowled in lies.
Fear sees me. I move through the veil of night.
This short film arose out of meditations on the alchemy of the entwining issues of masks and anonymity. In ancient lore, Noppera-bo is a faceless ghost, a fantastical creature that sows fear. Noppera-bo seems to have re-emerged in the midst of this global pandemic;
where masks and face coverings, whether worn for health or cultural reasons, have become political, where anonymity protects faceless people who spread disinformation and hate through institutions and cyberspace, and fear and distrust are triggered by an unseen virus that can be carried by people who do not know they are contagious.