60 minutes, no intermission
+++ Performance postponed +++
„An entertaining yet thought provoking evening.“ – The Dance Current
Make Banana Cry is a critical and destabilizing dance performance co-signed by Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson. The work questions Asian stereotypes while examining the transmission of cultural identity. A diverse cast of artists approach the issue by exploring Western myths concerning the “Asian Fantasy”, eventually moving forward to propose other ways of “being together”.
As aesthetic embodiments of “Asian-ness” become more predominant in Western art and pop culture, the artists share a desire to reflect on these representations and explode the mechanisms that create these categorizations within today’s appropriative landscape. Make Banana Cry is a continuous barrage of identity politics, a durational parade which contemplates the problematics of universal “Western” pop culture while drawing on the artistic background of each of the invited artists.
Due to current travel restrictions, the final cast is not yet confirmed.
works at the intersections of performance, choreography, Djing and dance curation. In 2005, he co-founded Wants&Needs Danse with Sasha Kleinplatz. Together, they produce the popular dance events Short&Sweet and Piss in the Pool which take place in non-traditional venues throughout Montreal. He recently relocated to Toronto to begin his new role as Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre. He has presented his work at Fierce Festival (UK), Dance made in Canada (Toronto), Diver Festival (Tel Aviv) and has danced for well-known choreographers such as Doris Uhlich.
originally from Calgary, Alberta is an interdisciplinary artist working between Canada, USA and Europe. Stephen’s introduction to movement and performing was through competitive figure skating. He received a Bachelor of Kinesiology (art and science of movement) and Dance from the University of Calgary. In 2015, at the World “Figure” Championships in Lake Placid, Stephen received the bronze medal. He has worked with Trajal Harell, Jennifer Lacey, Antonija Livingstone and several times with Benoit Lachambre.
Andrew Tay & Stephen Thompson
+++ Cancelled +++ Following the second performance of Make Banana Cry, Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson will shine...