Accepting that collaborative performances of significant scale suffer diminishing returns on investment, Public Recordings and friends decided to create a marketable festival show: the product you want at the scale we can afford; a rhizomatic dance staging the practical anarchy of business-as-usual. A dance that reveals the “baseline communism” of ostensibly competitive behavior.
CAPITALIST DUETS employs free-market dramaturgy, a structure for composition that’s applied to every relation that the production touches. From dancer and choreographer to theatre technician and art-presenting partner. Everyone involved holds the status of performer. And every performer dances according to the same rules. When attention becomes currency, market behaviour becomes a hackable system.
Conceived by Katie Ewald, Ame Henderson, sandra Henderson, Adam Kinner, Liz Peterson and Evan Webber. Graphic design by Jeremy McCormick. Produced by Public Recordings.
OFFTA performer creators: Katie Ewald, Ame Henderson, sandra Henderson, Adam Kinner, Liz Peterson and Evan Webber.
Theatre Centre performer creators: Franco Boni, Margaret Dragu, Katie Ewald, Francesco Gagliardi, Ame Henderson, sandra Henderson, Adam Kinner, Amy Lam, Samira Mohyeddin, Aliya Pabani, Liz Peterson, Luke Reece, Mila Volpe, Evan Webber. Lighting Design by Paul Chambers. Co-presented by Blackwood Gallery at the University of Toronto Mississauga as part of the group exhibition I stood before the source.