Monomyths

MONOMYTHS

Produced by FADO Performance Art Centre
Conceived and Curated by Jess Dobkin and Shannon Cochrane

The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen St. West
February 15–19, 2017

Tickets:  Regular $15 | Student/senior/arts worker $12
Stage 11 & 14: Pay What You Can
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MONOMYTHS invites a diverse collection of artists, scholars, and activists to revise Joseph Campbell’s conception of the hero’s journey through performance art, lectures, workshops, and other offerings. This new assemblage of non-linear un-narratives proposes a cultural, political and social feminist re-visioning of the world. The MONOMYTHS perception of the universal journey dispels the notion of the lone patriarchal figure on a conquest to vanquish his demons–both inner and outer–in consideration of community, collectivity, and collaboration.

MONOMYTHS: Stage 10
MONOMYTHS: Stage 11
MONOMYTHS: Stage 12
MONOMYTHS: Stage 14

MONOMYTHS: Stage 10
Rise and Fall

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 8:00pm

Tickets:  Regular $15 | Student/senior/arts worker $12
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Rise and Fall is a performance and collective exercise on the desire for inevitability, on how the return is narrated. A mutant reading group: we will create a model by weighing things–thoughts, images, and otherwise.

The first part is called Exposition.
Here, the key idea is introduced, the character established, giving us the main melodic line, the voice to follow. We set out along the path of its making.

The second part is called Development.

Here, we find ourselves getting lost, having followed the voice, the key idea, as it veers off into unpredictable territory: shadowy undergrowth, tangled density, change to a minor key, etc. A narrative device to create tension and interest, verging on dissolution.

The third part is called Recapitulation.
Here, we have regained our orientation and found our footing in the familiar. The compounded tension yields the reward of resolution, now that we have cleared the unknown and are following the path that, we expect, will take us home.

We will not call it progress. How to describe the movement?

Rise and Fall by Serena Lee is part of the third and final instalment of FADO’s year-long epic MONOMYTHS series. Other works include: 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann (MONOMYTHS: Stage 11, Theatre Centre, February 16), Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante (MONOMYTHS: Stage 12, Theatre Centre, February 17), Staceyann Chin (MONOMYTHS: Stage 13, Rhubarb Festival @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, February 18) and CRONE by Tanya Mars (MONOMYTHS: Stage 14, Theatre Centre, February 19).

ABOUT SERENA LEE

Serena Lee is an artist and researcher from Toronto. Layering forms, she maps power, perception, and belonging through polyphonic models. Serena practices, presents, facilitates, and collaborates internationally; she works in education and holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in the Netherlands and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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MONOMYTHS: Stage 11
Refusal of the Return
2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs

by claude wittmann

Thursday, February 16, 2017, 7–10:00pm
ASL interpreted

Tickets: Pay What You Can
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Audience is invited to come and go throughout the duration of the performance.
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2894 by claude wittmann asks participants to read outloud from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s report (TRC report, 2015.) Each participant reads the report to a live streaming radio station with the aid of a cell phone and streaming software provided by the artist. Readers start where the last one left and read as much as they want. Sometimes the readings take place in a specific location, but mostly, participants may read anywhere they choose–in their homes, or in public. Participants read as much or as little as they can. Listeners can similarly be anywhere, listening on any device at any time. The connection of the radio provides a special kind of intimacy between readers and listeners. This project started in April 2016. It is on-going, until the entire report (all 2894 pages) has been read or until the project transforms into something more relevant to social change. 2894 is not a Truth and Reconciliation project. It is a Truth project. It is currently co-managed by claude wittmann and Adam Herst.

In 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs, claude and Adam facilitate a 3-hour reading session. Audience is invited to attend to listen to readings of the report. Audience is invited to become readers should they wish to. Readers read as much or as little as they choose, to the assembled audience of witnesses.

2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann is part of the third and final installment of FADO’s year-long epic MONOMYTHS series. Other works include: Rise and Fall by Serena Lee (MONOMYTHS: Stage 10, Theatre Centre, February 15); Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante (MONOMYTHS: Stage 12, Theatre Centre, February 17), Staceyann Chin (MONOMYTHS: Stage 13, Rhubarb Festival @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, February 18) and CRONE by Tanya Mars (MONOMYTHS: Stage 14, Theatre Centre, February 19).

ABOUT CLAUDE WITTMANN
claude wittmann was born in Switzerland where he worked as a molecular biologist and now lives in Toronto; works as a bicycle mechanic and in performance art; has performed in festivals, in curated events, in self-produced pieces, and in the public space; in butoh-based solos, in intent-based durational process work, in body-directed although very psychological gender identity work, in improvised voice/noise/sound experiments and improvisations, during teaching and on live FM and internet radio. his most recent projects include Radio-Equals (one-on-one egalitarian conversations about equality, broadcast on FM radio and/or internet radio) and 2894 (participative reading on an internet radio of the Truth and Reconciliation’s Commission report). claude is concerned by the (in)ability of art in triggering social change.

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MONOMYTHS: Stage 12
Mistress of Two Worlds
Silver & Gold

by Nao Bustamante

Friday, February 17, 2017 @ 8:00pm

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Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a hyrbid work that Nao Bustamante proclaims a “filmformance”. In this filmformance, Bustamante evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.

The performance alternates between action and live narration of a film projection. In the film, inspired by iconic underground filmmaker Jack Smith, Bustamante interprets Smith’s muse: 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez. Honing-in on Smith’s interest in Hollywood’s obsession with filmic reproduction of the exotic, Bustamante embodies Miss Montez. Using video, live voiceover, audience interaction, and the body as a source of backdrop, narrative, and emotion, she takes the spectator on a bizarre and radical journey as she discovers a new bejeweled body part, which is at once her curse and oracle. This performance is the fruit of a commission by the LIVE FILM/ Jack Smith festival, co-organized by Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (HAU) in Berlin.

Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante is part of the third and final installment of FADO’s year-long epic MONOMYTHS series. Other works include: Rise and Fall by Serena Lee (MONOMYTHS: Stage 10, Theatre Centre, February 15); 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann (MONOMYTHS: Stage 11, Theatre Centre, February 16), Staceyann Chin (MONOMYTHS: Stage 13, Rhubarb Festival @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, February 18) and CRONE by Tanya Mars (MONOMYTHS: Stage 14, Theatre Centre, February 19).

ABOUT NAO BUSTAMANTE

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, originally from the San Joaquin Valley of California; cutting her teeth as an artist in the San Francisco “Art Scene” between 1984-2001. Bustamante’s at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at venues and festivals across the globe, including OUTFEST – Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, MIX New York City, MIX Brasil, and the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Bustamante is popularly known for her appearance in the Bravo Network television show A Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, where she made her mark as a messy and complex character.

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MONOMYTHS: Stage 14
The Return Home
CRONE

by Tanya Mars

Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2–8:00pm

Tickets: Pay What You Can
PWYC tickets are available at the door the day of the performance. Cash only.
Audience is invited to come and go throughout the duration of the performance.
For more information contact the box-office at 416-538-0988

CRONE, the latest durational performance by Tanya Mars looks at how superstition and myth intertwine. In keeping with her recent performance strategy, Mars will create an atmospheric work that combines visually rich layers of spectacular, satirical feminist imagery with light and sound.

A revered matriarch of the Canadian performance art community, it is fitting that Mars offers the conclusion to the year-long epic MONOMYTHS journey, illuminating Stage 14: The Return Home.

CRONE by Tanya Mars is part of the third and final installment of FADO’s year-long epic MONOMYTHS series. Other works include: Rise and Fall by Serena Lee (MONOMYTHS: Stage 10, Theatre Centre, February 15); 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann (MONOMYTHS: Stage 11, Theatre Centre, February 16), Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante (MONOMYTHS: Stage 12, Theatre Centre, February 17), and Staceyann Chin (MONOMYTHS: Stage 13, Rhubarb Festival @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, February 18).

ABOUT TANYA MARS

Tanya Mars is a feminist performance and video artist who has been involved in the Canadian art scene since 1973. Her work is often characterized as visually rich layers of spectacular, satirical feminist imagery. She has performed widely across Canada, in Valparaiso, Chile, Mexico City, Sweden, France and Helsinki. She is co-editor with Johanna Householder of Caught in the Act: an anthology of performance art by Canadian women (2004), and More Caught in the Act (2016), both published by YYZ books and partners. She is also a member of the 7a*11d Collective (established in 1997) which produces a bi-annual International Festival of Performance Art in Toronto. She currently teaches performance art and video at the University of Toronto Scarborough and is part of the graduate faculty of the Master of Visual Studies Program at the University of Toronto. She is the recipient of a 2008 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts.

Photo Credit: Tanya Mars

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