Straight from the 56th Venice Biennale is Erika Batdorf’s latest piece Burnish

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
May 15 – 20, 2015

A live, abstract jukebox, this performance installation invites the audience to choose elements that affect an ever-changing loop integrating music, digital technology, poetic text, art objects, movement and singing. In a self-contained mini theatre, the artist, attached to bio-sensors, attempts to maintain a deeply authentic process that is altered by every interaction. What she says, sings, gives you, and how she moves is all in response to what you chose. The audience can witness the performer through a variety of instruments while one person at a time influences her choices.

Located in the Upper Lobby/Gallery. Stay 5 minutes, stay 30… If you ‘play’, one full loop is approximately 15-18 minutes long.


Friday May 15:  6:30-9pm & 9:30-10:45pm
Saturday May 16: 6:30 – 9pm & 9:30-10:45pm
Sunday May 17: 1:00- 3pm & 3:30-6pm
Monday May 18: Closed
Tuesday May 19: 6-7:00pm & 9:30-10:30pm
Wednesday May 20: 6-7:00pm & 9:30-10:30pm

Costume and Art Objects:  Suzanne Bartos
Structure Design and Lighting:  Ian Garrett
Electronics, Sound Design and Art Objects:  Mark-David Hosaie
Mask:  Ida Ayu Laksmi Maha Dewi
Music:  Erika Batdorf, Jacques Brel, Mark-David Hosale and Tom Kerr
Text and Lyrics:  Erika Batdorf, Jacques Brel