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You made 2017. Thanks to you Public Recordings moved, thought and shared more last year than ever before: six major projects to nine cities on three continents. That includes Other Jesus, which played to 600 people and received amazing reviews as well as six nominations at the 2017 Dora Mavor Moore Awards in Toronto. Other Jesus was only possible because of crucial financial support from a small group of visionary donors.

Join us again to keep doors and minds open.

This year we’re back to the the studio developing new, groundbreaking work. Associate Artist Liz Peterson is in Barcelona with Catalonian choreographer Marina Colomina. Liz and Marina’s urgent new performance, Borders (sin título), examines what happens to people living between and across divergent stories of nationality, gender and language. They’re in the right place at the right time to see what art can do, and what kinds of knowledge it can produce. We think this work is risky and important – but it needs your support.

Borders (sin título) reconfigures collaborators and creates new connections. Ame Henderson and Katie Ewald provide dramaturgy and production planning, while musician Matt Smith joins Public Recordings for the first time. We’re thrilled to co-produce this new work with Events in Real Time and grateful for support from L’Estruch Fàbrica de Creació and La Poderosa.

Help us ensure that work on Borders (sin título) continues to its premiere in Toronto in the fall of 2018 by making a donation today.

Your help will allow us to commit to the work’s development in the summer of 2018 leading to the premiere next fall. It means we can confirm studio time, pay fair artist wages, and confirm Marina’s ability to join the creation process in Canada. Make a donation by December 31 to receive a 2017 tax receipt and an outpouring of unconditional love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Recordings’s 2017-18 season launch is Tuesday, October 24 at Less Bar, 834 Bloor W.

We’ve got a map for the upcoming season with info on all of the projects in development. We’ve got Liz Peterson and Christopher Willes, who join Ame Henderson and Evan Webber as Associate Artists for the next cycle of creations and productions. We’ve got all the love and thanks in the world for sandra Henderson and Jeremy McCormick, who are moving into new roles inside and outside the Public Recordings. And we’ve got music selections by Thom Gill and Akash Bansal. Have we got you?

This week we have been working on a new project at the Gardiner Museum, developing a performance of Pauline Oliveros’s celebrated 1970 orchestral work To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation.

Organizing as an experimental orchestra that consists of musicians and non-musicians alike, the group includes notable artists, musicians, choreographers, composers, and dancers such as Anne Bourne, Allison Cameron, Ame Henderson, Anni Spadafora, Brendan Jensen, Claire Harvie, Christopher Willes, Ellen Furey, Evan Webber, Germaine Liu, Ishan Davé, and Thom Gill. This project has been initiated by Christopher Willes, with consultation from Anne Bourne.

We will be giving a free performance at the Gardiner Museum tomorrow, Thursday August 17th at 7pm. Please join us!

You can RSVP here.

Part of Community Arts Space: Art is Change. Supported by Toronto Arts Council, Public Recordings, Feminist Art Museum and The Music Gallery. Permissions from IONE, Trustee, The Pauline Oliveros Trust.

Photograph by Claire Harvie

 

Out of Season

April 25- April 27 8pm
Usine C, Montreal

It runs like a film, a manual demonstration that turns actions into gestures and gestures into synchronous ritual. Like an operating manual for their civic and social lives, Out of Season is a moving reflection on the oddity of the quotidian western body and the fragility of every thing–from household appliances, to laws and desires–that sustains it.

For more information.

What’s the difference between a person and a story about a person?
In the occupied territories of ancient Judea, a group of spiritual workers consider what’s real while trying to break even–until one of them turns out to have the magic touch. Other Jesus is a performance on the risk and reward of believing and belonging.

Text Evan Webber. Direction Frank Cox-O’Connell. Scenography & Costumes Sherri Hay. Music & Sound Design Christopher Willes. Lighting Design Ken MacKenzie. Production Management  sandra Henderson. Stage Management JP Faienza. Production Assistance Lauren Page Russell. Additional collaboration and performance Courtney Ch’ng Lancaster, Ishan Davé, William Ellis, Thom Gill, Ame Henderson and Liz Peterson.

Produced by Public Recordings and EW & FCO. Co-Produced by Festival TransAmériques(Montreal). Created with the support of Tarragon Theatre’s Workspace, Videofag and St. Matthew’s United Church.

Toronto Premiere
May 6-14, 2017
Tuesday-Sunday, 8pm

Box Office Information:
$25 General
$20 Arts Worker/Student/Senior/Under Employed
Advance Sales: 416-531-1827 // tickets online here
Tickets available at the door

パフォーマンスの百科事典

performance encyclopaedia is a show in the shape of a book. The book’s publication is performed for – and by – the audience.

The work happens at BankART Studio NYK 1F Kawamata Hall, 3-9 Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Japan as part of TPAM Tuesday February 7 through Saturday February 11, with a final publication-performance taking place on Sunday February 12 at 3pm.

All information here.

CAPITALIST DUETS is occupying Public Studio’s window on Dundas, stop by to take a look! Public Window is located at 1575 Dundas Street West, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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CAPITALIST DUETS is co-presented by Blackwood Gallery
at the University of Toronto Mississauga as part
of the group exhibition I stood before the source.
Curated by Letters & Handshakes, the exhibition
features work directly addressing contemporary
capitalism, in particular its underpinning logic
of accumulation. With the support of the Blackwood
Gallery, Letters & Handshakes has fed the rhizome
by commissioning its own duet. To find out more

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PERFORMANCE ENCYCLOPAEDIA AT THE AGO NOVEMBER 8-13

performance encyclopaedia is a show in the shape of a book. The book’s publication is performed for – and by – the audience. In conjunction with Art Gallery of Ontario’s exhibition, Toronto: Tributes + Tributaries 1971-1989, performance encyclopaedia draws its extraordinary case of writers from the exhibition’s performance-makers and curators.

The work happens during gallery hours Tuesday November 8 through Saturday November 12, with a final publication-performance taking place on Sunday November 13 at 2pm.

Free with gallery admission.
All information here.

BECAUSE THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH TO GO AROUND.
OR IS THERE?

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CAPITALIST DUETS is seven, independently-authored duets performed simultaneously as an unaffected spectacle, complete with merchandise table. There is no composer, no architect, no central authority–only the radical aesthetic modulation of fourteen paired-off performers, each holding tenuously to the logic of their own creation.

NOVEMBER 24-26 8:00 pm
NOVEMBER 27 2:00 pm
The Theatre Centre 1115 Queen St. W

For tickets

CAPITALIST DUETS is co-presented by Blackwood Gallery
at the University of Toronto Mississauga as part
of the group exhibition I stood before the source.
Curated by Letters & Handshakes, the exhibition
features work directly addressing contemporary
capitalism, in particular its underpinning logic
of accumulation. With the support of the Blackwood
Gallery, Letters & Handshakes has fed the rhizome
by commissioning its own duet. To find out more

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New Dramatics: An Editorial Meeting will take place at Leonard and Bina Ellen Gallery in Montreal October 24- October 26, with a public performance on Wednesday October 26th at 6:30pm. You can find out more about New Dramatics here

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