FADO Performance Art Centre is proud to present a new solo performance work by Victoria Gray (UK). The evening will also include a performance from Dorothea Rust (Switzerland).
An action may be gentle, but it is not benign. ~Victoria Gray
Often durational, Victoria Gray's performances utilise slowness and stillness, in conjunction with performing unsighted, bringing a cellular-attention to kinesthetic sensations. Integrating affect studies, process philosophy, political theory, and somatics, her work aims to bring dormant psychosomatic memory to consciousness. Specifically, that which subsists at the sentient level of the bones, muscles, organs, fluids, glands and nerves. This cellular-attention aims to disturb “common-sense” hierarchies of sensory organisation, activating the political potential of a body that is intimately attuned to affective experience. Each work is highly contingent upon the audience's particular presence and the specificities of each performance space. In this sense, like time, affect becomes a material in performance, it is “shaped” moment-by-moment in an immediate exchange between performer, audience and site.
Victoria Gray's appearance in Toronto is in partnership with VIVA! Art Action. Established in 2006, VIVA! Art Action is an international performance and live art festival presented once every two years in Montréal. The festival takes place with the participation of the network of artist-run centres in the city.
Image credits: Boll by Victoria Gray. FEM Festival, Catalonia, Spain. 2014. Photo by Anrdrea Torres Balaguer.