TSG: Eleventeen — molt today, free tomorrow by Rodney Diverlus
Rodney Diverlus invites you to a durational SMS performance.
This will be a reinterpretation and revisiting of Rodney’s 2017 TSG presentation “molt today, free tomorrow”. In this world of missed connections, Rodney asks the audience for access to their most intimate space, their phones. Live & interactive sharing of movement, text, and sound via pushed notifications. Past sunset and into the night.
Rodney Diverlus is a Haitian-Canadian performance maker and artivist who uses movement, text, and protest to weave ancestral, diasporic, and queer narratives of life and freedom. His work samples from dance, theatre, mass mobilization, and public arts-based interventions.
He has made and interpreted original works for various companies and artists, including Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, Art Gallery of Ontario, Canadian Opera Company, Stratford Festival, SummerWorks, Peter Hinton, Noemi LaFrance, the Dietrich Group, to name a few.
His artivism imagines large-scale public installations that blur the lines of protest and performance; arts-based interventions to impact public and social policy. Beyond his artistic practice, he moonlights as a community activator and writer. He is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter – Canada, and co-creator of Wildseed Centre for Art & Activism, and author and co-editor of Canadian bestseller: “Until We are Free: Reflections on Black Lives Matter in Canada.”
saturday, May 15, 2021
durational sms performance
TSG: Eleventeen — Pop-Up Sunset Performance BY Amelia Ehrhardt
THURSDAY, March 4, 2021
7:00 - 8:00 PM EST
TSG: Eleventeen hosted artist Amelia Ehrhardt for an intimate pop-up performance at sunset. Curator Syrus Marcus Ware invited Amelia to share, and in an abundance of colour and movement Amelia performed an abstract piece about Queer Joy to Rihanna's "We Found Love".
Amelia Ehrhardt is an artist working in dance and whose work is primarily expressed through choreography, performance, curation, and writing. More recently they have also worked with drawing and embroidery. Their work researches and creates circumstances that render it possible for themself or other people to dance. They have been supported in residence and presentation across Canada and internationally, in situations ranging from itinerant artist-run centres to large institutions: influential experiences include: presentation at OFFTA, Montréal in 2016; teaching with Young Lungs Dance Exchange in Winnipeg, 2017; participation in the danceWEB programme at ImPulsTanz, Vienna in 2017; studying ballet for contemporary dancers with Janet Panetta in New York through a Canada Council grant; and setting their solo “plain nature/public mourning” on dancer Matilda Cobanli at SEAD, Salzburg, 2020. Amelia was the Curator of Dancemakers, a contemporary dance residency centre, from 2015-2019, and is the founder of Flowchart: a series of performances (2014-present). Amelia is also a counseling Astrologer, seeing clients for one-on-one sessions and writing horoscopes and other Astrological content.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2021
7:00 - 9:00PM EST
TSG: Eleventeen — WORKSHOP
Banner Making with Jenna Reid
Protests, marches, and political activations are sites where we come together and demand change to make this world a better place. Banners, pennants, and signs have long been used as a practice of activism, a demonstration of the beauty in protest and resistance, and a reminder that direct actions are spaces where creativity and creative people are needed. When we make banners for protests it allows us to come together, build relationships, plan for the care of the collective, and create powerful statements.
In this workshop, Jenna Reid focused on teaching skills needed to make fabric banners through an exploration of a variety of tools, methods, and styles. Jenna discussed the different components to consider when making large scale banners – with a conversation about how to adapt community art builds to the ever-changing context of the global pandemic. Through the different skills explored in this workshop, participants will be able to make a small-scale banner (or pennant) of their own, and have gained the skills to finish the project to completion.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021
6:00 - 7:30PM EST
TSG: Eleventeen — WORKSHOP
coffee filter art with puff paddy
For the first TSG: Eleventeen Workshop PUFF Paddy led a “Coffee Filter Art” workshop, focusing on the ways that we can create through the use of coffee filters. Using common house-hold items ranging from highlighters to a blow dryer, Paddy led participants through a brief history of their paper arts practice before instructing in the creation of coffee filter butterflies. Paddy’s work “RESHAPE: The Butterfly Effect” explores these methods along with inspiration from Chinese paper arts to create a series of works that resonate a message of social justice and equality.
TSG: Eleventeen — Artist Talk
Saturday, january 30, 2021
7:00 - 9:00PM EST
To launch TSG: Eleventeen, Curator Syrus Marcus Ware invited artists to discuss their work with their peers in an in-depth setting. For 11 years, TSG has celebrated Queer and Trans artist magic through a 2 month in person exhibition with accompanying public programs and an opening event held at the Gladstone Hotel between June and August. TSG aims to showcase art by, for, and about LGBTTI2QQ creators, with a particular focus on artists on the margins of these communities — QTBIPOC artists, crip/disabled artists, Mad artists, migrant artists, youth artists and so forth. These artist projects interrupt the idea of a homogeneous queer community and re-imagines what it means to talk about our lived experiences as artists from a diversity of backgrounds.