8 DAYS VI
We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, the Métis, and the Mississaugas (Anishnabe) of the New Credit First Nation. The territory was the subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement between the Iroquois Confederacy and the Ojibwe and allied nations to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes.
Today the meeting place of Toronto (from the Haidenosaunee word Tkaronto) is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island and we are grateful to have the opportunity to gather and work on this territory.
Participants: Jacinte Armstrong, Alexandra Elliott, Priscilla Guy, Kristy Janvier, Liz Kinoshita, Catherine Lavoie-Marcus, Alexa Mardon, Jennifer Mascall, Esie Mensah, Sora Park, Deanna Peters, Sarah Joy Stoker, Andrew Tay, Peter Trosztmer, Lexi Vajda
safety second - vest armour and potatoes - electricity - what could we do with shit - the innocents
tap, tap, tap... after 6 months you'll notice a change
it must cause irreversible damage to the subject
we're building a shared imagination around what destruction is
we're building a shared imagination around what creation is
It must change the context of the subject
does destruction become creation?
creation is destruction?
In actively engaging and performing destruction, a helium foil balloon was sucked into the ventilation system of Dancemakers. The exercise itself was eventually destroyed by the panic around this situation, and the subsequent staff who had to come into the studio to deal with the issue, which was a fire hazard.
Sarah picks plastic out of garbage bins.
we consider the ecological footprint of art making while on a Cherry beach excursion.
how do we value our future through art practice and what do we sacrifice?
stopping trying to do something interesting - the difference between wanting from and wanting for
Veto Kaa Encore Block - from Radical Empathy
tears of pain tears of pain tears of pain - close embraces
La pile électrique pas-innocente-mais-presque qui nous a entourés a généré 15 volts d’électricité et était composée de ces ingrédients, disposés en cercle.
- 15 pommes de terre
- 2 tomates
- 2 citrons
- 4 carottes
- 2 oignons.
- Des fils de zincs
- Des fils de cuivre
- Des marettes
- Des ampoules Led en rangs, 12 volts.
Il est possible et souhaitable de se prendre par la main pour compléter le circuit et de constater la conductibilité entre les êtres.
Intricate Partnering meets Making a Scene in Alexandra Elliott's 8 DAYS experiment. The balloon in the background watched over us from a hiding spot until remerging on our last day.
I am you.
I generally love to practice reading people's intentions/proposals in dance situations,
I'm holding all the nows at once
I miss my dogs.
I am searching for the least i need to survive.
I wake up and listen to the birds to tell what time it is.
I might have had too much coffee.
I can't wait to see you.
How do I move as an artist from I to we?
I am not considered tall.
I am slipping on truths and tripping on problems
I am a reflection of light and love
IS DANCE WARRIOR TRAINING?
we recognize the harmed and the harming - unidirectional violence if unchallenged will always perpetuate. Is it possible to successfully challenge violence with anything other than violence?
Side to Side
Forward and Back
Pick Up the Key
Follow the leader's inhale
Follow the leader's exhale
silent dinner before and after
silent dinner has been Justine A. Chambers' offering to 8 DAYS... we continue it
leftovers are assembled on the table
we set the timer (1hr 15 minutes)
we begin cooking, silently, together, apart
sangria1 lemonade laughter burgers storm roasted garlic time checks sangria2 bruschetta salami salad1 salad2 salad3 crackers cheeses roasted vegetables raw vegetables humous salsa rain smile boursin cheese! red wine white wine how many volts are on this table?
peter poured my poaching wine out of the saucepan
i saw him do it three seconds too late
i poured more in and made him sip from the saucepan
the wine was not bad
documenting Sarah documenting
Day 2 at Dovercourt House. No precise schedule. Although, organized in a circle and everyone took their turn in order, counter-clockwise.
unicorns/ anatomy/ guts/ poop
8 DAYS HOTWORDS:
NUGGET shit value
CONSENSUS electricity excite
IMAGINATION NUGGET golden
HEALING SURRENDER touch
SHIT CONSENSUS squat
electricity IMAGINATION construction
Gingerly shit ROUTES
Health Holistic expectation
Irreversible QUEERING reversible
old food, new friends
1. sweep the hair loosely behind the ears
2. with two hands drop hands and swoop the hair up to the crown.
3. The elastic is taut between the third and fourth finger and the thumb
4. the elastic wraps around twice looping one bun and a second smaller one on top
5. grasp a plank of hair with at the centre back of the head and drawing another to the right of it draw it over the center part and draw a hair in away and then turn it at a right angle back the way it came. This method can be used anywhere on the head.
8DAYS "cadavre exquis": an in-camera, spontaneous choreographic editing collective practice proposed by Priscilla AKA GUY Bun.
make a circle - 3 persons dance with closed eyes - record sequences of 3 to 15 seconds - give the camera to someone else - put together all the NUGGETS and discover your " cadavre exquis"
we are dancing at the Toronto Reference Library
genealogy of mitzvah and Itcush
I Am a Reflection of Light and Love.
I am slipping on truths and tripping on problems
I am slipping on truths
and tripping on problems
I am truthfully slipping
I am moving closer to her and slipping on truths
I am a problem
Sourire / Rire
Un ballon bonhomme-sourire a été aspiré dans le système de ventilation du studio de DanceMakers. Il flottait candidement au plafond (après que Jacinthe l’ait libéré de son attache) jusqu’à ce qu’une bouche monstrueuse l’avale sans permission et le fasse disparaître à jamais. Notre rire -- c’était drôle il faut le dire -- est vite devenu une sorte d’obstruction : la situation demandait une dose de sérieux à laquelle il était presque impossible d’obtempérer tant l’absurdité dominait. Il aurait fallu rire moins, ne pas rire du tout, lorsque la technicienne du studio est entrée avec son échelle et s’est interposée dans une improvisation cocasse où Priscilla incarnait un personnage immonde affairé à décapiter un troll à coups de ciseaux.Trois jours plus tard, Alex se prépare au partage de sa pratique. En cherchant des bouteilles vides dans la boîte de recyclage elle trouve une boule jaune frippée. Le bonhomme. Retrouvé. Il fait désormais partie du paysage.
Which one is yours?