x for staying here with us now by Sherri Hay

Friday / Feb 16 / 18
7:30 pm

February 16, 2018 @ 7:30pm
February 24, 2018 @ 4:30pm

The Commons @ 401 Richmond
401 Richmond St. West, suite 440, Toronto
Sherri Hay

x for staying here with us now

Conceived by Sherri Hay




Performance 1: Friday, February 16 @ 7:30pm

Performance 2: Saturday, February 24 @ 4:00pm



The Commons @ 401 Richmond

401 Richmond Street West, suite 440, Toronto



Doors open 30 minutes prior to start time / No latecomers admitted



Admission: PWYC (at door only)



FADO Performance Art Centre is pleased to present Performance Salon 1: x for staying here with us now, a new performance work by Sherri Hay. 


As a sculptor, it has never seemed outlandish to me to think about objects as having a life of their own. Nurit Bird David talks about a kind of empathetic understanding between people and the things around them that is bred by familiarity. A good friend from Japan tells how seamstresses hold funerals for their needles, burying them in a soft cool block of tofu at the temple. Which sounds quaint and funny, though of course even we are every day more familiar with how our smart devices seduce us. 


For so much of our history what has been valorized was the human who would subdue and shape the world through his reason and will, a world that was considered to be inert and insensible. In this new age of connectivity, some new ways of being and relating are coming into focus, beginning to acknowledge to a broad spectrum of otherness, and preferring self-organization to dominion.


Two evenings, two different non-human performers performing a score. The performance will move slowly, lasting perhaps 45 minutes. The exact time of the performance will be determined by the performer, in the moment. The performance will be corporeal, unmediated and analogue, not moved by electronics or motors. It will be attendant to real life forces like gravity, as well as its own material constraints. 




On the occasion of this new work by Sherri Hay, FADO is pleased to publish the fourth in The Golden Book series, containing an interview about the process of creating this performance, conducted by FADO and the performer in x for staying here with us now. The Golden Book series (designed by Lisa Kiss Design) is an irregular limited edition booklette series containing a single text, photo essay, interview, or abstract didactic about a forthcoming performance project. Other editions in the series include: Film: Rope by Francesco Gagliardi (essay by Andrew James Paterson); Duorama 1–4 (photo essay on the works of Duorama performance series by Paul Couillard and Ed Johnson); and PULSE by Mary Coble (workbook and key for Coble’s 2016 MONOMYTHS performance of the same name).



[ Performance Salon ]

+ IMAGE GALLERY: x for staying here with us now (Performance 2)
+ VIDEO GALLERY: x for staying here with us now (Performance 1)
+ VIDEO GALLERY: x for staying here with us now (Performance 2)
+ ARTICLE: x is for by Danielle St-Amour