Presentations and Performances
The Works is pleased to present a variety of performative and presentational one-of-a-kind art experiences. With something new happening on Churchill Square every day, you’re sure to have a unique interaction every time you visit the festival.
June 22, 24 & July 1, 4 | 2 - 4 pm
June 28 | 6 - 8 pm
June 29 | 7 - 9 pm
Slideshow & Tell interactive slideshow presentation (bring your own slides!)
Saturday June 24, 7 – 9 pm
Friday June 30, 7 – 9 pm
Saturday July 1, 1 - 4 pm (make your own slides, workshop)
What Have You Heard About Us? Story Circle & Art Making Workshop
Sun, June 25, 1 – 4 pm, Churchill Square
What Have You Heard About Us? / What Do You Think About Me? Walkthrough/Panel Discussion Sun, July 2, 1 - 2:30 pm, Churchill Square
Tuesday June 27, 5 – 5:45 pm - City Hall
Wednesday June 28, 5 – 5:45 pm - City Hall
Thursday June 29, 7 – 7:45 pm - City Hall
Friday, June 30, 5 – 5:45 pm - The Vignettes Building
A Conversation in Rhythm is a tap dance piece exploring how dialogue can transcend what we generally think of as language. Tap dance is its own unique rhythmic language where dancers use dynamic sounds to replace words in order to talk to each other and convey a message. Through this piece, the artists challenge the norms of tap dance and place the focus not on flash but on musicality and creativity. The artists use dance to express what words often cannot.
Fold a Fitted Sheet Performances:
Wednesday June 28, noon – 1 pm Thursday June 29, 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Women’s bodies are highly regulated and judged in public spaces. It is often public opinion that if a woman is harassed or assaulted what she was wearing or her behaviour must be to blame. This performance is a reaction to the suggestion that women can protect themselves from attack through clothes that make them disappear in public. In thinking about how clothes shelter or expose women, Stacey adds more and more layers of clothing over the course of the performance, both to hide her body and to create a shield against both physical and psychological attack.
Secrets for Dinner is a participatory durational performance, exploring a character who consumes secrets. Participants will be encouraged to share their secrets by creating an impression of their secret on a piece of rice paper. Upon receiving the secret, the artist will not read, but instead begin to consume the secret.
Hand Bound / Tongue Tied examines the theme of dialogue that arises from chance encounters. Members of the public are invited to join the artist in creating a new audio and sculpture artwork centred on random meeting, discussion, and messages shared. “Given time and opportunity, in this case bound by a 20-minute handshake, I believe everyone has a message for everyone else,” explains Davies. Davies will create a plaster cast of the handshake while the participants chat and commune. Participants will leave with small sculptural memento of the experience.
A 1975 camping trailer is transformed into a mobile, room-sized camera obscura. The device creates colorful, moving images on the walls inside the device’s chamber, upside down and backwards. Available light and subject matter become site specific “stories” for viewers to consider and re-consider. All sights and sounds seen are ephemeral. No recording devices are used.