Toronto, Ontario, 2008 and 2015
Members of the University community were invited to attend a public lecture by Diane Borsato. Instead of delivering an artist talk, I hired an Argentine Tango instructor to lead a dance lesson for the audience.
Upon arrival to the lecture hall, students and teachers alike were swept into an Argentine Tango lesson. They learned to walk together and methods of communicating intention with their bodies. They practiced a series of increasingly intimate embraces with one another.
I participated in the class like everyone else, and remained silent throughout the “talk”.
The work was first performed at the University of Windsor in 2008, and repeated again at the University of Toronto at Scarborough in association with the Doris McCarthy Gallery in 2015. The work was also presented in the gallery as a slide show documenting the event.
- Doris McCarthy Gallery, You Speak, I Dance, University of Toronto John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design. Group show curated by Nam In Kim, 2015, Toronto, Canada