How to Survive While in Exile
How to Survive While in Exile at 32nd Rhubarb Festival
February 16 -20, 2011
Toronto, ON- Canada-US
interdisciplinary performance duo re[public] in/decency premiers How to Survive While in Exile (Exile), an art-activist dance/ritual at the 32nd Rhubarb Festival, February 16 -20, 2011,Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.
How To Survive While in Exile is an immersive performance that plays with sensory knowledge and embodied memory in order to make connections between local/global injustices, personal experiences and metaphors of displacement. Combining dance, theater, original and found texts, shadow play and soundscapes, this experiential performance incites ones imagination to piece together sensory fragments that invoke one’s own journey(s) into and out of exile. Exile deliberately immerses the audience in a darkened and low light environment to experience the interweaving of tactile, kinesthetic, auditory and visual modes.
To do so, Coman Poon and Erica Mott (re[public] in/decency) collaborated with local, Toronto-based artists to create sensory and cognitive interruptions such as alternating and overlapping immersions in darkness/illumination, noise/silence, and color/grayscale that cumulatively disrupt logic and continuity. "It is our hope that in midst of this fragmented (and constructed) reality, some pathway of resilience transmits around questions of identity, invisibility and exile and that performance as praxis can newly permeate art-activist practice. "- Coman Poon & Erica Mott
For more information about re[public] in/decency, please visit: http://www.ericamott.com/category/projects/republic-indecency/
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re[public] in/decency was created in 2008 through a collaboration between two professional artists: community-based activist, theatre and performance artist Coman Poon (Toronto, Canada) and cultural worker, choreographer and performance maker Erica Mott (Chicago, USA). re[public] in/decency seeks to engage diverse audiences in their interdisciplinary work while acting as a conduit between social justice activism and conceptual art practice. Their work embraces cross-cultural perspectives and is fueled by experiential research with arts-mediated dialogue about social, economic and racial justice. re[public] in/decency's work has been featured at Links Hall, Version Fest and SPOKE Gallery in Chicago, as well as Northwestern University's Radical Intersections Conference and The Box Salon in Toronto.
Aside from premiering How to Survive While in Exile at the 32nd Rhubarb Festival, re[public] in/decency are the inaugural resident collaborative conducting arts research for THE PALIMPSEST PROJECT at hub14 (www.hub14.org) Toronto this February.