Saturday, October 3, 2015
11:00 am - 7:00 pm
Artscape Sandbox (31 Widmer Street)
FADO event page: http://www.performanceart.ca/index.php?m=program&id=293
Offered as an antidote to Toronto's annual all-night "art thing" Nuit Blanche, LEGS, TOO is an all-day performance art relay. The form of the event is dictated by a chosen duration (in this case 8-hours), which is then divided equally by the number of performance artists from the local community who invited to participate.
We asked a staggering 116 artists to participate, and 55 decided to join in. For this second iteration of LEGS, TOO, audience will witness a continuous performance work made up of 55 eight-minute performances over the course of 8 hours.
Participating artists are suggested by other participating artists, snowballing a self-organizing event that is disinterested in traditional curation. Founded on a belief in community trust, performative dialogue and artistic self-determinancy, the resulting collective event lets participating artists be responsible not only for the continuous stream of idea- and image-making, but also for the realization of event itself. There is no staff, no coordinator, no stage manager, only artists working together. LEGS has legs. LEGS is a manifestation of the social and performing body through the collective network and expanded community.
The first iteration of LEGS was presented in our sister performance art network in Montréal on February 7, 2015, at Le Cercle Carré. The score and format of the event was initially imagined by an informal collective of artists (including Christian Bujold, Michelle Lacombe, Marie-Claude Gendron, Nadège Grebmeier Forget, Katherine-Josée Gervais and Jean-Philippe Luckurst-Cartier) and was created with the intention of activating and making-visible the often fragmented local performance art community.
LEGS in Toronto is initiated by FADO Performance Art Centre. The custodians of this iteration are Shannon Cochrane and Adriana Disman. There will be two LEGS transmitters from the authoring collective/performers from the first iteration present in Toronto.
ARTISTS IN ORDER
Nadège Grebneier Foget (transmitter from Montréal)
Katherine-Josée Gervais (transmitter from Montréal)
Yan St Onge
Andrew James Paterson
Photo credits: Henry Chan