Francesco Gagliardi is a performance artist, writer, and occasional filmmaker based in Toronto. His performance work has been presented internationally in venues including Issue Project Room (Brooklyn, NY), The Ontological-Hysteric Theater and The Stone (NYC), The Wulf and Pieter (Los Angeles), Esorabako (Tokyo), Fondazione Mudima (Milano), FADO Performance Art Centre, Harbourfront Centre, and 7a*11d (Toronto). His film work screened in venues including TIFF Wavelengths, the Torino Film Festival, Images Festival, and it was the subject of a retrospective at Pleasure Dome (Toronto) in October 2017. He teaches in the Department of Philosophy and at the Centre for Drama, Theatre, and Performance Studies, University of Toronto.
Project curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre
Workshop partners: Dancemakers & Public Recordings Performance venue partner: AGO Gallery partner: Gallery TPW
PERFORMERS: Aleesa Cohene Ame Henderson Andrea Nann Francesco Gagliardi Jon McCurley Margaret Dragu Martin Bélanger Mikiki Robert Abubo Shannon Cochrane Simon Rabyniuk Sara Wookey
The Project: TRANSMITTING TRIO A (1966) Over the course of a 5-day intensive workshop led by Sara Wookey — one of the few dancers authorized by Yvonne Rainer to “transmit” (to use Rainer’s own phrase) her works — a mixed group of dance and performance artists will learn several of Rainer’s dance works, focusing primarily on Trio A (1966).
Consisting of a 4½ minute sequence of movements that progress without repetition, phrasing, or emphasis and performed without musical accompaniment, Trio A(1966) is largely considered to be one of the originative works of the postmodern dance movement, as well one of the most influential works in the canon of 20th century dance. Rainer’s interest in task-based movement, the ephemeral, the un-spectacular, and rethinking the performer-audience relationship are characteristic concerns of both contemporary dance artists and performance artists.
The starting point for this project is the shared conversation between dance and performance artists around the distinctions between repertoire and reenactment, in particular consideration of how these modes of archiving in live art relate to the increasing interest in presenting performance art and choreography in the museum.
The results of the project are a series of presentations of Trio A (and other works in the Rainer repertoire) in a variety of contexts: a dance studio, a gallery, and a museum; as an open rehearsal, a single iteration, and a rotating relay.
THANK YOU. This project is possible because of the generous support of Dancemakers (Ben Kamino and Emi Forster) in making the workshop possible. Warm thanks to Public Recordings (Ame Henderson) in conceptualizing the project and helping to assemble the group. Thanks to the AGO (Kathleen McLean and Paola Poletto) for inviting this project into their activities. Thanks to the contribution of Gallery TPW as main host venue, and to curators Jacob Korczynski and Kim Simon for their keen thinking in organizing a series of discursive events in response to the project’s proposal.
SCHEDULE Dance is Hard to See: Capturing and Transmitting Movement through Language, Media and Muscle Memory, a lecture demonstration by Sara Wookey March 19, 7:30pm @ Dancemakers, Distillery District, 15 Case Goods Lane
Performance of Trio A (1966) by Sara Wookey March 24, 7:00pm @ Gallery TPW
Open rehearsals of Trio A (1966) March 22, 4:00–5:00pm @ Dancemakers March 25, 7:00-8:00pm @ AGO, 317 Dundas Street West March 28, 12:00-5:00pm @ Gallery TPW, 170 St. Helens Avenue
Above: Trio A rehearsal with Yvonne Rainer. 2015. Photo by Henry Chan. Below: Trio A dinner with Yvonne Rainer. 2015. Photo by Henry Chan.
Film: Rope is curated and produced by FADO Performance Art Centre, and presented in the context of 2013 Images Festival.
Created by Francesco Gagliardi Performed by Cara Spooner, Francesco Gagliardi, Marcin Kedzior and Michael Caldwell
Film: Rope explores the relationship between cinematic space and the space of live performance, and our ways of interpreting and recollecting the experience of movement within the film frame.
In Dangling that Rope, Andrew James Paterson writes, “In Film: Rope, Gagliardi has accentuated the simultaneous clash and fusion of different disciplines by using as source material a film that has been controversial at a number of different levels: Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948). Rope is something of an anomaly within the Hitchcock canon, as it is directed to appear as if consisting almost entirely of one continuous shot. In this respect it breaks the modernist dictum that film should not appear simply to be recorded theatre. The film eschews montage altogether.”
Rope (1948) is considered one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most experimental films. Containing only four unmasked cuts, it was shot in single 10 minute takes (the length of a camera roll), tracking in an out of black surfaces (the back of a jacket or a piece of furniture) to create the illusion of even longer continuous shots. This virtuoso technique, which required the constant shifting of stage walls, furniture, and props to make way for the camera, was partly developed by the director in order to convey the illusion of theatrical real time and continuous space.
By paradoxically attempting to re-embody and transpose the movements and positions of the characters in the film in relation to a live audience, Film: Rope perversely exposes and explores the discontinuities and incongruities between cinema and live performance.
PERFORMANCES April 12, 13, 14 @ 3:00pm April 16 @ 7:00pm & 8:30pm
FADO ARTIST TALK April 14 @ 4:30pm Moderated by Andrew James Paterson
IMAGES ARTIST TALK April 15 @ 4:00pm Urban Space Gallery, 401 Richmond Street West Performance and Media Art: Tools with Which to Deconstruct With Francesco Gagliardi, Tanya Lukin Linklater and Duane Linklater
This fragrance opens us to the question, has the show started? It's winter, the theatre is colder than the street and the room is filled with people and all their winter smells: wet faux leather, down, too much shampoo, and beer breath. The atmosphere is a trickster. Am I late, am I early?