Performances & Installations

#SurveillingSurveillanceensemble performance intervention. Washington Square, NY (2015).

Flag of Tears: Lament for the Stains of a Nation

NAKED 2015/16 Season: Canadian Classics Reimagined, Factory Theatre, Toronto.

Hard Twist 10: Memory, Gladstone Hotel, Toronto, August-December, 2015.

You’re Not Here, FAC exhibition, Daniel’s Spectrum, Toronto, March 3-31, 2015.

Unsettling Canada Day Embroidery Circle PicnicQueen’s Park, Toronto, July 1 2015.

Shot at Dawn Remembrance Day counter-memorial performance intervention. Queen’s Park,Toronto (2013, 2014).

Unravel: A Meditation on the Warp and Weft of Militarism AKA Thread-by-Thread: A Deconstructing Militarism (Un)sewing Circle—participatory performances and installations.

Cross Sections Art Exhibition, Ryerson University, Toronto (2014)

WIAprojects: Babble/Babel, Hart House, University of Toronto (2013)

Walnut Contemporary Gallery, Toronto (2013)

Performance Studies International 18 & the LUDUS Festival, Armley Mills, Leeds (2012)

F.O.O.T.: Theatre and Learning, University of Toronto, Toronto (2012)

Visualeyez 2011 Performance Art Festival, Edmonton (2011)

Haunting the Past’s Present: Falling for the Forgotten (and not) Dead of History, a dawn-till-dusk counter-memorial performance. Performance Studies International 19, Stanford University, Palo Alto, (2013)

Impact Afghanistan War, a counter-memorial performance which entailed falling 100 times a day in public places for one year—each fall in recognition of an Afghan death. Canada, the U.S. and Europe, Canada Day 2010 through Canada Day 2011.

Performances with co-creator/co-performer Kimberley McLeod:

Re-Manifestations: Embodying Routes of Contemporary Protest— a participatory installation. Hemispheric Institute Encuentro 2014: Manifest! Choreographing Social Movements in the Americas, Montréal, June 21-28. Co-creator/co-facilitator Kimberley McLeod.

State the Nature of Your Emergency performance intervention. Canadian Association of Theatre Research Conference, Brock University, St. Catherines, May 23-27, 2014. Co-creator/co-performer Kimberley McLeod.

Performances with co-creator/co-performer Cassie Scott.

On Love and War, public performance intervention and installation. MARKIT! Videofag, Kensington Market, Toronto (2013); Litanies for our Survival: Visual and Performative Conversations with Audre Lorde, York University, Toronto (2013).

Performances with the Life and Limb Performance collective

Bearing Witness, Bearing Water, a public performance intervention, with the Life and Limb Performance Collective. Ontario Power Generation Central Office, Toronto, (2011).

 k[NO]w Places, a mobile (street and public transportation) performance, with the Life and Limb Performance Collective. Rhubarb Festival, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, Toronto, (2011).

La Pocha Nostra Performance SalonYork University, Toronto, (2010).

Events:

Unravel at Culture Days, September 29

I am excited and honoured that Unravel will be part of the Feminist Art Conference‘s participation in Culture Days!

On the afternoon of  Sunday September 29th from 1:00 to 4:00 FAC invites people to come for a drop in of feminist collage making at Walnut Contemporary. (201 Niagara) The theme of the collages will be “What does feminism mean to you?” Images will then be photographed and then uploaded to social media as visual handcrafted memes for people to be inspired by and to facilitate a discussion!

Throughout the afternoon participants will also have an opportunity to participate in Thread by Thread: A deconstructing militarism unsewing circle. 

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Here’s more from FAC:

FAC believes that feminism is multiple and varied, and needs to constantly evolve in order to stay relevant and offer people of all backgrounds empowerment. Through communal art making, we hope to create a dynamic space to stimulate dialogue about feminist practice—which includes how feminism has empowered us, where it has failed us and what it can or should be.

 
We intend for the conversation to be both broad and specific and it is important to us that  various communities in our city attend to participate in this discussion.
Thanks in advance for forwarding the event to anyone in your network that might be interested in attending,This is a family friendly event so feel free to bring children!
All the best and we hope to see you there!
FAC COMMITTEE

On Love, War, and Place at MARKIT, March 30

WHAT: MARKIT
WHEN: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 2-8pm
WHERE: In and around Videofag, 187 Augusta, and Bellevue Square.IMG_5995_2

What is the value of place? How do the ghosts of historical and geopolitical displacements haunt the local? On Love, War and Place is an absurdist public-space processional and performance meditation on the consequences of the manifest destinies, dreams, and aspirations born of colonial and neoliberal ideologies. Jilted! (AKA Post Colonial Bride) is lost in her narcissistic and melancholic longing for a colonial past, while her consort Sew What? (AKA Bloody Mess) carries forth, relentlessly sewing the bloody threads of neo-liberalism. As Jilted! And Sew What? weave their way through Kensington Market’s threatened local ecology they invite residents to reflect on their place in the larger geopolitical landscape.

Cassie Scott and Helene Vosters in their respective alter-egos Jilted! (AKA Post Colonial Bride) & Sew What? (AKA Bloody Mess) will be weaving their way through Toronto’s Kensington Market as part of MARKIT a day of performance interventions in solidarity with activist fighting to resist the displacement of long-standing Kensington Market residents and business owners by chain stores Walmart and Loblaws.

I’m excited and honoured to be giving a talk/presentation about Unravel at the Feminist Art Conference, March 9, 2013.

Thread-by-Thread: A deconstructing militarism (un)sewing circle

Friday 29 June, Saturday 30 June, Sunday 1 July (1-3)

Leeds Industrial Museum (as part of PSi 18 and the Ludus Festival Leeds)

Constructed not only of armies of men (and increasingly women), of weapons and their delivery systems, militaries are also made up of the mundane objects necessary to nurture and sustain life—clothing, food, shelter.

Part mourning ritual and part meditation on the warp and weft of militarism’s fabric, Thread-by-Thread is an embodied inquiry into the loss and fragmentation that results from war, and into the ways global industrialization alienates us not only from the products of our labour, but from its geopolitical consequences as well.

How do the threads of the military industrial complex bind us to one another? What possibilities might be unloosed through the labour of militarism’s deconstruction?

Join the (un)sewing circle at any point throughout the event to unpick seam-by-seam, thread-by-thread a military uniform. You may enter and exit the (un)sewing circle as you wish – or come along to witness.

Booking: not necessary

NB – Thread-by-thread takes place at Leeds Industrial Museum which is located just two miles out of the city centre on Canal Road, off the main A65 road to Kirkstall.outside the City Centre. The full address is: Canal Rd, Armley, Leeds, LS12 2QF

Performing Peace: A thread-by-thread, deconstructing militarism (un)sewing circle

University of Toronto, 214 College Street (lobby of Robert Gill Theatre)

Saturday, February 4, 2012, 6:30-730

Part mourning ritual and part meditation on the warp and weft of militarism’s fabric Performing Peace is an embodied inquiry into the loss and fragmentation that results from the violence of war, and into the ways global industrialization alienates us not only from the products of our labour, but from its geopolitical consequences as well. Performing Peace invites participants into a conscious reengagement with the consequences of our collective labour through the task-based performance of its (un)production. Participants may enter and exit the (un)sewing circle as they wish. They may choose to unravel, or witness, to speak, or remain silent.

Performing Peace is part of the 20th annual Festival Of Original Theatre (FOOT)–a four-day Festival and Conference organized by graduate students at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies at the University of Toronto.

The festival is free. For programme information go to http://www.foot2012.wordpress.com

Unravel

Unravel debut at Visualeyez 2011, Sept. 13-18, Edmonton

One of the many gifts of the festival were the daily visits from festival animator and blogger, Karen Elaine Spencer AKA Dream Listener. I am deeply touched by Karen’s reflections on Unravel: BeginningDay one; Day twoDay threeDay fourDay five; Day six

IMPACT AFGHANISTAN WAR Culminating Fall: July 1 (Canada Day), Queen’s Park, Toronto, Ontario

From July 1 (Canada Day) 2010, through July 1, 2011 I performed Impact Afghanistan War, a memorial project where I fell 100 times every day in a public space (each fall in recognition of an Afghan death).

A sister fall took place in Melbourne, Australia (organized by Viv Neale).

IMPACT in Eindhoven on Brabant TV and Radio, June 8, 2011

IMPACT at CBKU Gallery, Utrecht, Netherlands, May 28, 2011

IMPACT at Camillo 2.o: Technology, Memory, Experience Performance Studies international conference #17, Utrecht, Netherlands, May 25-29, 2011

IMPACT on Open File, May 11, 2011.

IMPACT at The Art of Public Memory an international, interdisciplinary conference, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, April 7-10, 2011

IMPACT  on Australia Day, January 26, 2011, Melbourne, Australia

Viv Neale was joined by three friends for an Impact Afghanistan War public memorial performance in Melbourne, Australia to commemorate Australia Day.

IMPACT at exist-ence: a festival of performance art, live art, action art, Judith Wright Centre for Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia, November 26 – 27, 2010


2 thoughts on “Performances & Installations

  1. Hi,
    I came by chance to this page, but am pleased to know that you are thinking for the Afghan people.
    Please provide me more information about the purpose and objectives of the blog.
    Regards,
    Nasser

    1. Hi Nasser,

      Thanks for you comment and question. My intention with the project and blog is to bring attention (mine and that of witnesses) to the many deaths in Afghanistan that go largely unrecognized here in Canada. For a long time I have been troubled by the idea that as a nation we are engaged in war, yet as citizens, for the most part, we go on with business as usual. The war, and the suffering of those who are experiencing it first hand seems to only make its way to our collective consciousness when there is a Canadian military casualty. Falling 100 times a day in public space is my effort to recognize and the many deaths that occur daily in Afghanistan, either as a direct result of the war, or as a consequence of the conditions produced by the war (large scale displacement, lack of access to housing and adequate food, shelter and medical care).

      My primary objective, or hope, has been that the project will inspire reflection and that the process of reflection might lead people to some kind of action. As my year’s commitment to falling daily is fast coming to a close, I am pondering ways to work with the materials generated by the project in some kind of fundraising capacity to support projects of empowerment for Afghani women and girls.

      I welcome your thoughts and feedback.

      Best regards,

      Helene

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