I asked the audience to close one eye Blackwood Gallery, University of Toronto
2016 Running with Concepts, Choreographic Edition
curated by Christine Shaw and Ame Henderson
“I ask the audience to close one eye” is a performative cartography, a coming-into-form of personal/ political latencies of love, genetic misgivings, and animate/inanimate relations. Using live performance tactics of proximity, framing, pausing and pacing, I introduce several items into the space that do not belong to each other immediately.
I start by introducing the red jacket folded in front of me/ I announce it will be my friend O for the time being / I put on the jacket/ O’s partner is introduced to the audience / I hug them / They introduce their work / I ask the audience to close one eye / My father will start to dance a small dance / A pause / A 1943 photo of O’s great Uncle Beyrish is shown, and his story told / I scroll through the documents of a sperm donor / My father stands up, O’s partner stands up, and they are asked to shake hands.