KinesTHESES presents Barak adé Soleil (call for participants)


Barak adé Soleil in conversation at the 7a*11d festival, 2018 PHOTO Henry Chan


The Toronto Performance Art Collective’s KinesTHESES performance art residencies continue this month with a new work by US-based artist Barak adé Soleil.

we. with Barak adé Soleil

MONDAY October 28 to WEDNESDAY November 13
times and locations TBD

Drawing from the legendary Muhammad Ali’s iconic and arguably world’s shortest poem — “Me, We” — the gently kinetic performative work we. reflects a desire and intention for genuine interconnectivity. we. will emerge through consensual touch, physical shifting and ambient explorations, guided by voice and visually non-voiced cues within a communal experience.

A call to gather for we:

For three weeks, Barak adé Soileil will be in Toronto as part of KineTHESES, offering a series of communal movement gatherings titled we.

This is call to gather for those who may want to take part in intimate non-public gatherings, as hosts or participants. As well this is a call to gather for those who may be interested in exploring we. within random public spaces.

Please feel free to email Barak at if you are interested or want to know more about what it may mean to be part of we.

Artist talk/negotiated interaction with Barak adé Soleil and claude wittmann

SATURDAY November 9, 2 – 4 pm
Wychwood Theatre (Wychwood Barns) 601 Christie St., Studio 176
FREE (Accessible space)

Toronto Performance Art Collective invites you to join KinesTHESES artists Barak adé Soleil and claude wittmann for an afternoon talk about their practices.

About the artists

Barak adé Soleil is an award-winning contemporary artist and curator; part of the progressive scene since 1991. Addressing performativity and labour of the body, Barak’s creative practice draws from traditions of the African diaspora, queerness, disability culture, and postmodernism. Recent works include from here to there for the 2018 exhibition Chicago Disability Activism, Arts & Design, 1970s to Today at Gallery 400, and a series of movements for the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. In NYC, markings premiered as part of the 2019 group exhibition Refiguring The Future. Barak works globally, engaging with distinct communities across Turtle Island, Europe and Africa.

claude wittmann writes, “i do not know how to construct a narrative about myself at the moment. please feel free to visit”

About KinesTHESES

KinesTHESES takes place in Toronto between August and December 2019 with featured artists Barak adé Soleil, Margaret Dragu, Esther Ferrer, Fiona Griffiths, Louise Liliefeldt, Stephanie Marshall, Robin Poitras, Jessica Thompson, claude wittmann, and Sakiko Yamaoka.

German philosopher Edmund Husserl used the term “the kinestheses” to describe the perceptual experiences of bodily movement. He argued that these senses, above all, are the core of subjectivity. The fact that we can feel ourselves move, and that we have an innate sense of our position in space, is foundational to our ability to conceive of ourselves as “I”s.

KinesTHESES features works that take the notion of “moving” their audiences in the most literal sense. Rather than engaging audience members simply as sets of eyes and ears, these projects remind us that we are, above all, animate forms: tactile-kinesthetic creatures that first learn who we are and discover our world by moving through our environment as bodies experiencing dynamic flows and encountering surfaces and textures. These are the building blocks of what we come to recognize as time, space and matter.


TPAC, best known for its biennial 7a*11d festival, was established in 1997 by a group of local performance artists and organizers, keen to create a forum for performance, live and action art in Toronto. Since then, Toronto has proven itself to be performance art-centric, and what began as the first 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art has continued to grow and offer audiences the best of contemporary performance art from around the world. Thanks to the Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Arts Council, and the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council for their generous support of this project.

The Toronto Performance Art Collective is Golboo Amani, Shannon Cochrane, Paul Couillard, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Johanna Householder, Tanya Mars, and Bojana Videkanic.


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