Toronto’s 7a*11d International Performance Art Festival is back with its 10th edition from October 29th – November 2nd 2014, showcasing the best live art and performance art from around the world, jam-packed into 5-days. This edition features invited artists coming from diverse geographies, spanning different generations and offering a wide array of artistic points of view.
Over the 5-days of the festival Canadian and International artists occupy the hallways and studios at Artscape Youngplace with electrifying and provocative live performance and durational interventions. The festival’s daily artist talk series, Performance Art Daily, brings the artists together in dynamic groupings to discuss issues in contemporary performance in themed panel discussions (daily throughout the festival dates at 1pm). We are also hosting a Launch Event of artist publications and others items related to performance art. Festival activities will be documented in writing on our blog, by local writers Alison Cooley and Jenn Snider and stunningly captured by Toronto’s go-to performance photographer Henry Chan.
Toronto: Basil AlZeri, lo bil, Simlâ Civelek, Berenicci Hershorn, Marissa Hoicka, claude wittman
Canada: Christian Bujold, Linda Rae Dornan, Terrance Houle, Maria Hupfield, Serena Lee, Didier Morelli, Theo Pelmus, Clive Robertson, Gary Varro
International: Ali Al-Fatlawi and Wathiq Al-Ameri (Iraq / Switzerland), Nathalie Mba Bikoro (Gabon / Germany), Aidana María Rico Chávez (Venezuela / Brazil), John Court (UK / Finland), Francesca Fini (Italy), Kurt Johannessen (Norway), Anya Liftig (USA), Fausto Méndez Luna (Mexico), Eduardo Oramas (Colombia), Roberto de la Torre (Mexico), Liu Wei (China), Andrée Weschler (France / Singapore)
Special Canadian Invitees: Each festival features two Canadian artists received special attention at the festival. Designated as the Éminences Grises (a person who exercises power or influence secretly), these artists have helped to establish, shape, and embody performance art in Canada. This year 7a*11d highlights Canadian artists, Berenicci Hershorn (Toronto) and Clive Robertson (Kingston).
Berenicci Hershorn is an artist who has, in both solo and collaborative works, produced a unique body of site-specific art over a period spanning more than 40 years. Informed by research applied tangentially, her work incorporates performance, video, sculpture and installation. Her practice includes various public art commissions as well as an extensive history of recognition in art venues around the world.
Clive Robertson is a performance and media artist. He began making performance works and producing and curating performance events and festivals in Reading, England in 1970 and began writing about performance in Calgary in 1972. He teaches performance art methodologies and practice at Queen’s University, and his impact on the history of artist-run culture in Canada is unparalleled.
7a*11d was established in 1997 by a group of local performance artists and organizers, keen to create a forum for performance, live and action art in Toronto. Since then, Toronto has proven itself to be performance art-centric, and 7a*11d has continued to grow and offer audiences the best of contemporary performance art from around the world. 7a*11d is proud to work once again with long-time festival presentation partner FADO Performance Art Centre (Toronto) to present the work of Roberto de la Torre (Mexico City) and Francesca Fini (Italy); and 2014 festival partners L’Ecart (Québec) to present the work of Eduardo Oramas (Colombia), and Neutral Ground (Regina) to present the work of Gary Varro.
Evening performances (4+ artists each night!) @ 8pm
ADMISSION: Evening performance events: suggested $10/PWYC
For artist bios, performance descriptions, and complete festival scehdule / information, visit us at: www.7a-11d.ca
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