7A*11D International Festival of Performance Art follows a long tradition of bringing together an eclectic mix of innovative live performance works featuring local, national, and international artists.
Performance art has always been a somewhat contingent practice, inhabiting a space somewhere in between the artist’s intentions and the accidents of circumstance. If theatre champions the techniques of the ‘as-if’ by rehearsing and simulating imagined worlds, then perhaps we could say that performance art operates more in the terrain of the ‘what-if,’ creating open-ended situations where audience witnesses/participants and artists embark on a shared journey of discovery to ferret out what can and will happen under particular circumstances.
The festival has never been a ‘themed’ event, but after two and half years of a pandemic that seems to have erased whatever certainty we might have had around what constitutes ‘normal’ life, this year’s performances seem particularly infused with—or at least informed by—concerns around contingency, precarity, and speculation. Expect works that prompt, in large and small ways, informed by personal and systemic histories, questions like What is true? What is just? What is possible? What is impossible?
Performances by: Alain-Martin Richard (Québec), Archer Pechawis (Mistawasis First Nation/Toronto), Geneviève et Matthieu (Québec), Jackson 2bears & Janet Rogers (Six Nations), Jana Omar Elkhatib (Palestine/Canada), Jessica Thompson (Hamilton), Julie Lassonde (Toronto), Jusuf Hadžifejzovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Belgium), Keyon Gaskin, Kiera Boult (Hamilton), Lucky Pierre (USA), Michelle Lacombe (Québec), Rita Camacho Lomeli (Toronto), Taiwo Aiyedogbon (Nigeria)
Toronto Performance Art Collective (7a*11d) consists of Golboo Amani, Shannon Cochrane, Paul Couillard, Francisco-Fernando Granados, Johanna Householder, Tanya Mars, and Bojana Videkanic.
Tickets are PWYC ($5, $10, $20)
Franco Boni Theatre, BMO Incubator
Hamilton’s My Lady
Thursday, Sept. 8 @ 7pm
On our terms
Thursday, Sept. 8 @ 8pm
The Shop of Emptiness
Friday, Sept. 9 @ 7pm
nōhtāwiy awa [this is my father]
Friday, Sept. 9 @ 8pm
Saturday, Sept. 10 @ 7pm
its not a thing
Saturday, Sept. 10 @ 8pm