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Ame Henderson + Evan Webber: performance encyclopaedia

Rehearsals: November 8 – 13
Tuesday November 8, 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Wednesday November 9, 3:30 - 8:30 pm
Thursday November 10, 10:30 am -4:30 pm
Friday November 11, 10:30 am- 4:30 pm
Saturday November 12, 10:30 am - 4:30 pm

Performance: November 13, 2 pm
Signy Eaton Gallery
Free with Gallery admission

performance encyclopaedia is a show in the shape of a book.

A cast of writers produce an encyclopaedia of making and witnessing that’s readable only in the highly contingent and social conditions of performance. The book’s publication is performed for—and by—the audience: they witness the process of printing, binding and distribution, before opening and reading a text that pursues the distinct but helically connected goals of a practical and complete knowledge.

Every iteration of the performance encyclopaedia is an entirely new and revealing group effort. The book that stays in print for just an hour. At the end, a bell sounds, the lighting changes, and the encyclopaedias go out of print. For the brief time it remains in circulation, the performance encyclopaedia stages a present moment where reading is a convivial act and writing produces not objects, but temporal and collective experience.

Co-creators: Ame Henderson and Evan Webber | Developed with: Shannon Cochrane, Frank Cox-O’Connell, Sherri Hay, Malcolm Sutton and Jacob Zimmer | Design: Jeremy McCormick | Production Management: sandra Henderson | Produced by Public Recordings | Writing and performance: Lillian Allen, Ame Henderson, Johanna Householder, Jessica Karuhanga, Sean O’Neill, Lisa Myers, Bojana Stancic, Wanda Nanibush and Evan Webber.

About the Artists

Ame Henderson and Evan Webber are Associate Artists with Public Recordings, a Toronto-based operation that develops and presents projects that test hypotheses about group work through performance, education, publishing and other collective gestures.

A writer and performance maker, Evan’s works concerns stories and their effects. His projects include the voice-over play Antigone Dead People (2014) a production with Osaka’s dracom for Sound Live Tokyo, performance encyclopaedia co-created with Ame Henderson (2013-) and the plays Ajax and Little Iliad (2012), two works on artists and soldiers co-created with Frank Cox-O'Connell. Evan’s been published in C Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, The Coming Envelope and others. A graduate of National Theatre School of Canada, Evan organizes the HATCH performing arts residency at Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre.

Activating dance and choreography to propose experiential modes of being together, Ame Henderson’s experiments have been shared on stages, in found spaces and galleries, and outdoors. Recent projects include Out of Season (2015) with Matija Ferlin, performance encyclopaedia (2013) with Evan Webber, voyager (2014) a commission for Toronto Dance Theatre made in collaboration with musician Jennifer Castle, and rehearsal/performance (2014) created in residency at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In 2015, she co-facilitated the inaugural Emerging Voices Project with Christopher House. Ame Henderson is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.

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