The Toronto Performance Art Collective (organizer of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art) is pleased to announce a series of performance art residencies taking place in Toronto between August and December 2019. Featured artists include Barak adé Soleil, Margaret Dragu, Esther Ferrer, Fiona Griffiths, Louise Liliefeldt, Stephanie Marshall, Robin Poitras, Jessica Thompson, claude wittmann, and Sakiko Yamaoka.
Join us for these free, upcoming events:
Body Atlas with Margaret Dragu and Fiona Griffiths
SATURDAY August 24 at 2 pm
Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space
401 Richmond Street West, #440 (wheelchair accessible)
Join ‘Dr. Margaret’ and ‘Dr. Fiona’ for a walk and talk and do performative lecture. Medicine meets Pee-wee Herman in this informal investigation of Griffiths’ and Dragu’s medical and artistic practices, explored through the lens of chosen body parts. Part conversation, part performance, this event will feature body stories, experiences and medical actions centred around notions of body knowledge, health and art by two of Canada’s most astute and experienced performance-based physical practitioners.
body wilderness with Fiona Griffiths
SUNDAY August 25 – SATURDAY August 31 (various morning and evening times)
* Advance registration required; maximum 10 participants per walk. Follow this link to book your spot via Calendly.
body wilderness is a 90-minute walk for small groups who are able to walk and move easily over uneven terrain. Participants are asked to come prepared for 90 minutes in sunshine and shadow, rain or shine. Wear sunscreen/hats and appropriate clothing and footwear (sandals discouraged). Bring your own bug spray and water.
How do we regain a sense of belonging with the earth and air? This wilderness experience happens as you walk mindfully, sit with a tree, listen, look and feel the nature around you and commune with the flora and fauna. The journey will be a technology-free experience, done in silence except for instructions. At the end of the journey, discussion will be encouraged. In the discussion period, people will be encouraged to document their responses to the total experience if desired (drawing on cell phones or paper, writing a poem, listing feelings, clustering or doing a rap).
NEW NORMAL: an embodied novel with Margaret Dragu
WEDNESDAY September 4 at 7:30 pm
TTC Oakvale Greenspace, 8 Oakvale Avenue
with the assistance of dance captains Claudia Moore, Rob Abubo and Mikiki
NEW NORMAL is a walk’n’roll dusk-to-dark performance-for-camera where the audience is inside the performance as they walk’n’roll with easily-learned-gestures from Dragu’s urban stories of negotiating public transit with mobility aids, wheelchairs and baby strollers that the performing public listen to on their cellphones.
This venue is an outdoor park space with paved footpaths and some uneven terrain. Special thanks to the Toronto Transit Commission.
About the artists
Margaret Dragu works in video, installation, web/analogue publication and performance. Spanning relational, durational, interventionist and community-based practices, she has presented her work across Canada, the United States and Europe. An innovator and pioneer in Canadian art, Dragu is a 7a*11d Éminence Grise (2012), was the first artist featured in FADO’s Performance Art Legends publication series, and was the recipient of the Governor General’s Award for Visual and Media Arts in 2012. Her favourite art-making material is still the body despite or because of her bionic status as a grateful owner of two recent hip replacements.
Fiona Griffiths (RN, BFA, MFA, MA) is an acclaimed multimedia artist with extensive performing, touring and teaching experience in dancing, acting and clowning. Fiona teaches SourceWork, integrating inner and outer performative experience, nationally and internationally. A movement and performance coach, she has worked with many dancers, actors and clowns to create and perform new work. Fiona has taught at Yale and York University, The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, Ryerson and The University of Toronto. She was the Artistic Director of the Theatre Resource Centre and founder of the Atelier and The TRC Soirees. She also teaches somatic work, movement, health and fitness. Besides her private practice, she teaches at the Manitoulin Conservatory for Creation and Performance.
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 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.