Category Archives: Performance Art

COMING OF AGE—ON THE SILVER SCREEN AND IN ORIGINAL VINTAGE POSTERS

Buy U.S. War Stamps Bonds 1942; Al Parker; 20” x 14 ¼”; A-,L The film, BOYHOOD, is a coming-of-age creation, with a difference. It particularly reminds us that in the golden era of graphic design (and right up to the present) this irresistible … Continue reading

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MAKING A BEAUTIFUL MESS—KONTAKTHOF BY PINA BAUSCH

One of the most magic moments of the fare provided by the Toronto Luminato Art Festival every June came our way a few days ago, in the form of the Pina Bausch Wuppertal Dance Theatre performing one of their classics, … Continue reading

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WHAT HAPPENED? BALLET’S BIG SURPRISE!

We tend to think of ballet as a field of design effort—not unlike original vintage posters—as a bastion of antiquated ways. We know how inaccurate that supposition is, when it comes to vintage graphic art as whipping up a tornado … Continue reading

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THE BIG TOP—SURPRISINGLY AND CHARMINGLY SUBDUED

We’re looking forward to the upcoming Cirque du Soleil show in September. Having been thrilled by several of their shows, we know we can count on feats of dynamic marvel to send us home more alert than when we arrive.

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ANNIE CLARK (ST. VINCENT) AND THE SLIPPERY ROAD TO THE NEXT THING

Sometimes we learn more from what disappoints us than from what excites us. For instance, there is a pop music phenomenon, recently lauded by the Smithsonian Magazine (and awarded, by them, an America Ingenuity recognition, in Performance Arts), who calls … Continue reading

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“GROUND CONTROL TO MAJOR TOM” THE DAVID BOWIE SHOW

The Art Gallery of Ontario, deftly following up on its Surreal Things show, has tapped into London’s Victoria and Albert Museum’s rampage of a show, a wild and wonderful bundle of entities, pertaining to singer/songwriter PLUS, David Bowie (b. 1947). … Continue reading

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HERMES, BEING TOUCHED BY HEAVEN!

For a full week, the Design Exchange was graced by artisans in action and in interaction, from that Centre of the Sublime, Hermes.

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SHEILA AND NICHOLAS PYE: SLEEPLESS NIGHTS AND THEN SOME

Sheila and Nicholas Pye are an art partnership like none other. Married to each other, until a few years ago, they continue to produce videos and photographs that depict difficulties of love. But here we should drop all vestiges of … Continue reading

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A REAL DEAL THAT NO ONE SEEMS TO WANT : KIM NGUYEN’S WAR WITCH

In 2011, Montreal filmmaker, Kim Nguyen, traveled to the Democratic Congo Republic to film his scenario/screenplay, War Witch. In 2012, it garnered Best Actress award at the Berlin Film Festival, an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Picture and Best … Continue reading

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THE BEAUTIFUL NIGHTMARES OF LEOS CARAX

The past few days we’ve been at TIFF many times to see the full output of a largely unappreciated film master, Leos Carax (b. 1960). Here we shall only try to briefly get to the nub of this complex, incisive … Continue reading

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