nuit blancheSeptember 26, 2007
on september 29, the city of toronto will host its 2nd annual all-night arts extravaganza known as nuit blanche (read my recap of last year’s here). this saturday/sunday, i’ll experiment deep in the basement of the cecil street community centre (in zone B, site 14; near chinatown & kensington market). the community centre will conjure the cacophony of a street festival, with performers and esoterics in every nook and cranny. fellow artists at the space include yvonne ng (who’s done an immense job organizing this venue), katherine duncanson, marie-josée chartier, jeremy mimnagh, and many more.
i plan to first-draft debut two experiments during my 2007 nuit blanche segments:
1) aural/kinetic performance of excerpts from the Syntactic Analyses series by michael maranda (Parasitic Ventures Press), specifically wollstonecraft’s a vindication of the rights of woman and freud’s the interpretation of dreams.
2) 9 Poets! 9 Cities!, the brainchild of philadelphia writer CA Conrad. in this adventure, CA’s asked 9 poets to share 9 poems with one another, and to organize a reading in each city to share some of the circulated work. participating poets in round one of this experiment are:
Jennifer Coleman: New York City, USA
Dorothea Lasky: Philadelphia, USA
Kendall Grady: Greencastle, USA
Karen Hannah: Seoul, South Korea
Yuri Hospodar: Sydney, Australia
Hoa Nguyen: Austin, USA
Travis Nichols: Seattle, USA
a.rawlings: Toronto, Canada
Logan Ryan Smith: San Francisco, USA
i have six performance slots (40 minutes each), so i won’t do the same thing every time, though i’m likely to play at length with anything from projected text and improvisation to sound and movement. and i plan to play it by ear on saturday night, when i’m drawn to either experiment. so, pro-whim. if you’re out and about, do drop by the basement of 58 cecil street for a hello and a gander. my scheduled performance times start every two hours: 8:30pm-9:10pm & 10:30pm-11:10pm & 12:30am-1:10am & 2:30am-3:10am & 4:30am-5:10am & 6:30am-7:10am.