Vancouver’s International Performance Art Celebration

Oct 3 highlights: VERB FRAU, artist talks, Mineki Murata, Preach R Sun, Jon Sasaki, Cheyenne Rain LeGrande, Adriana Disman Oct 3 highlights: VERB FRAU, artist talks, Mineki Murata, Preach R Sun, Jon Sasaki, Cheyenne Rain LeGrande, Adriana Disman

Thursday, October 3 was the first day of LIVE 2019 with full programming all day and night. This format continues on Friday, October 4 and Saturday, October 5:
11:30-13:00 – VERB FRAU TV: Supporting
13:00-14:00 – Artist lunch talks
12:00-18:00 – Mineki Murata
19:00-22:00 – screening + 2 performances

In addition, on October 3 only, Preach R Sun performed his one-time-only protest/action in Vancouver’s DTES.

A review of Thursday, October 3, LIVE 2019 by Jaz Papdopoulos:

VERB FRAU TV Supporting.

Morning routine for a day as an artist. Led by Margaret Dragu and Sophia Wolfe.

1 Moving/Not-Moving with furniture

“Being here now helps us be here now,” she says. All that’s happening is us, in our red chairs. All that’s happening is air moving in and out (classically, through the nose). All that’s happening is the sound of swallowing my own spit, my shoulders relaxing, my thoughts shifting from insistences to floating suggestions.

(I did it again
on the bus
this morning.)

VERB FRAU TV: Supporting - Moving (not moving) with furniture at LIVE 2019. Photo by Ravi Gill for VANDOCUMENT.
VERB FRAU TV: Supporting – Moving (not moving) with furniture at LIVE 2019. Photo by Ravi Gill.
VERB FRAU TV: Supporting - Moving (not moving) with furniture at LIVE 2019. Photo by Ravi Gill for VANDOCUMENT.
VERB FRAU TV: Supporting – Moving (not moving) with furniture at LIVE 2019. Photo by Ravi Gill.

2 Talking with furniture
She’s making
a museum: Objects In Performance
bag of flour
razor blades
industrial cling wrap
orange power cord
water

A look at VERB FRAU TV Day 1:

Thursday Artist Talk:
Rochdy Laribi & Christine Bouvier

What do we dream about before the collapse of civilization?
To dream is to die is to be reborn, is to receive a message of liberation.

In immersive performance, the audience can choose to participate
At the end of the world, the audience can choose to be active

in civic space. In a hotel, with 8 people in a bed,
the spectators is on your chest, listening
to your heartbeat.

Jon Sasaki video

In the room with the full seats, the ocean is on the wall. The man in the ocean is on the wall. The room chatters, to talk to each other, to guess what he is doing. It seems futile, to saw wood in the water, to wear tools in a tool belt that is both weighted and floating around you.

A diamond of a boat, thin wood, zip ties.
A screw driver, smooth water, mountain and sky.

I wonder if the wood gets softer, the longer it’s in the water?
I wonder if that adds to ease, or effort?
I wonder how he can tell apart
the sweat and the salt
water from his lip?
and, is it worth
all
the
effort?

Jon Sasaki film screening at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng for VANDOCUMENT.
Jon Sasaki film screening at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng.

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande

Blue lights cast one, two, three, four overlapping shadows of a swaying and bulging Safeway bag. As the blueness of the room, as the inquiry of the mask, as the crinkling of the fringe of more plastic bags, as the rhythm of the percussion on the speakers.

ritual/crinkle/scent/shadow/drip/torn

A future that is present, a dream that is now.

Cheyenne Rain LeGrande at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng for VANDOCUMENT.
Cheyenne Rain LeGrande at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng.

Adriana Disman

A tender and close poetic performance, Adriana whispered into the microphone and moved through the clusters of audience, stepping over people, stroking faces, as we sit, stand, follow her.

A performance in care
(“when you’re old sometimes it’s painful because no one is carrying your memories with you…one time I stopped crying for 2 years, but don’t worry, in the past few days i’ve cried every day”)

power
(“it’s my performance, i can ride the scaffolding. none of you can ride the scaffolding because it’s not! your! fucking! performance!”)

violence
(“everything is crumbling…have you heard of all the shit that’s gone down today?”)

desire
(“do you ever feel like violence and desire are so closely intertwined that you don’t know what you want? i feel that way too”)

and consent
(“look at me if you want to. you’re in charge of your body”)

ritual/blood/violence/love/play/care/love

We step out of the room, shuffle-dancing around blood drops, listening for more whispers.

Adriana Disman at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng for VANDOCUMENT.
Adriana Disman at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng.
Adriana Disman at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng for VANDOCUMENT.
Adriana Disman at VIVO for LIVE 2019. Photo by Alisha Weng.

///

Mineki Murata

On October 3rd at noon, Mineki Murata began his durational performance at Ground Floor Art Centre, and will continue it each day from noon to 18:00. Join us for the closing reception on Saturday, October 5the closing reception on Saturday, October 5, from 16:00 – 18:00. This event is free and everyone is invited.

///

Preach R Sun

Preach R Sun performance recollection by Ash Tanasiychuk.

Piercing testicles with hook to lodge the noose intimately to his most private and tender body. Completely desecrating and disrespecting the flag, yet the flag was never displayed or waved, from the beginning it never raised above the ground, it was always forced into submission by the power of Preach R Sun’s performance.

Even when he was silent, his backwards push through East Hastings screamed with power. Occasional interactions, some started with hostility as residents saw Sun’s path as a break-in; yet with every single person he immediately raised his shroud, locked his eyes with theirs and never looked away; he immediately spoke from his raw, pained heart to theirs.

He is in pain. He is angry. Sun believes we should all be connected, but since the system keeps us apart, he must drag his callused, bloody body slowly, painfully under our skin to show us what we are all missing. Breaking through the wall that capitalism and neoliberalism has tricked us into believing while we slept, Sun is the waking from that dream. The reality may be startling but at least with him we’re in this together.

///

LIVE 2019 is September 28 – October 6, 2019. Find the full schedule is on our websiteour website and on our Facebook pageour Facebook page.

Find out what’s happened at LIVE 2019!
Sept 28 highlightsSept 28 highlights
Sept 29 & 30 highlights and looking ahead to the rest of the festSept 29 & 30 highlights and looking ahead to the rest of the fest
Oct 1 highlights: Do Not DisturbOct 1 highlights: Do Not Disturb
Oct 2 highlights: Tari Ito – LIVE 2019Oct 2 highlights: Tari Ito – LIVE 2019

Keep following us on FacebookFacebook, InstagramInstagram, and TwitterTwitter – where you’ll find all the latest news about what’s happening and where to go to be part of LIVE 2019.

Tag your posts #livebiennale so we can like and share what you post <3

Join us, follow us, engage with us. Together we are LIVE.