The Hemispheric Dinner Party Series

The Hemispheric Encounters dinner party series is a collaboration between Joyce LeeAnn, Jess Dobkin, Shalon Webber-Heffernan and Justice Walz. 

These gatherings are an offering – and importantly, an experiment – for artists, academics, archivists and activists to gather across borders, language, time zones and cultures for sensory, intimate connection in pandemic times. 

This series of dinner parties were made possible by Hemispheric Encounters, a partnership project supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and FADO Performance Art Centre.

Hemispheric Encounters: Developing Transborder Research-Creation Practices is a partnership project that seeks to develop a network of universities, community organizations, artists, and activists across Canada, the US, and Latin America actively working in and with hemispheric performance as a methodology, a pedagogical strategy, and tool for social change. 

For information and to follow projects as they develop, visit the Hemispheric Encounters website.

Shalon Webber-Heffernan


Shalon Webber-Heffernan is a curator, writer, and doctoral candidate in Performance Studies. Her work as a scholar and live arts curator broadly explores contemporary site-specific performance projects that respond creatively to issues surrounding borderlands, space, disappearance, and disposability throughout the hemispheric Americas.

Currently, she is the Educator-in-Residence at The Blackwood Gallery with the 2021–2022 Curatorial Consortium. Webber-Heffernan also recently curated an exhibition at Vtape entitled love as rupturous as i know it be. She was Curator in Residence at the Curatorial Lab @ Sensorium (2019–2020) and have been independently curating interdisciplinary art events and exhibitions since 2012. She has presented her research internationally, including at the Hemispheric Institute’s Encuentro (México City), Universities Art Association of Canada (UAAC), Trans-In-Corporados conference (Rio de Janeiro), and Performance Studies international (PSi) in Calgary.

Artist Orange

Just as a performance artist uses their body as their medium, this is a fragrance composed entirely of the orange tree: fruit, leaves, bark, roots, and flowers. Artist Orange performs itself.

Top Notes

neroli, blood orange

Middle Notes

fresh orange juice, petit grain

Base Notes

orange twig, orange seed