Tyranny of Bliss by Tanya Mars

Saturday / Jun 12 / 04
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

14 different sites, starting at Queen's Park
Along University Avenue and Queen Street West
Tanya Mars

 Performance begins in front of the Queen's Park legislative building

14 different sites of continuous activity, from Queen's Park along University Ave. to Queen St. W.

FADO is proud to present TYRANNY OF BLISS, a major new work by Tanya Mars, one of Canada's most renowned performance artists.


Inspired by a variety of sources ranging from the 14th Century frescoes of Ambrogio Lorenzetti on the Effects of Good and Bad Government to Fellini’s “Satyricon”, Tanya Mars constructs a modern day social satire with a cast of 30 performers. TYRANNY OF BLISS looks at the current human condition from both utopian and dystopian perspectives. The piece offers a richly layered, series of spectacular and incongruous images juxtaposed against the outdoor urban landscape.


Loosely based on the pageant structure of the medieval Miracle/Mystery plays, TYRANNY OF BLISS is a 7-hour performance that uses limousines in lieu of wagons. Beginning from the Queen's Park legislature, two limousines -- one white and one black -- will usher small groups of audience members past 14 “tableaux” locations featuring images based on the 7 heavenly virtues and the 7 deadly sins. The scenes will also be accessible to passersby, allowing audiences to create their own narrative by walking from site to site. At each location a different scene will unfold continuously throughout the day, using the languages of dance, theatre, sculpture, visual art and literature.


TYRANNY OF BLISS promises a thrilling and provocative meditation on city life, providing a unique experience of Toronto that is not to be missed!





Scene Locations:


Queen's Park (north of the Legislature): Greed, Love, Wisdom (and starting point for Courage, which will travel south along University to Queen St. W. over the 7-hour period)

Queen's Park Legislative grounds: Hope, Sloth, Envy

University Avenue & Gerrard St.: Lust

University Avenue & Dundas St. W.: Gluttony

University Avenue & Armoury St.: Tolerance

University Avenue & Queen St. W.: Wrath (and starting point for Justice, which will travel north along University Ave. to Queen's Park over the 7-hour period)

City Hall Speaker's Corner (100 Queen St. W.): Truth

Pages Books & Magazines (256 Queen St. W.): Pride


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