The Marble in the Basement by Hazel Meyer

January 30: 7pm
January 31: 7pm
February 1: 4pm (Q&A to follow)

Presented in the context of the 5th Progress
international festival of performance & ideas

The Theatre Centre
1115 Queen Street West, Toronto


The Marble in the Basement

Curated and Presented by FADO Performance Art Centre

Conceived and performed by Hazel Meyer



In 2016, I was gifted a ton of Joyce Wieland’s marble scraps. A few pieces of it are here with us today.


What gets stored in a shoebox? Deposited into an archive? Shoved into a corner? Catalogued as important? Fever pitched towards a garbage can?


Literally and figuratively centered on a pile of marble scraps that once belonged to Joyce Wieland, Meyer’s The Marble in the Basement untangles issues of power, memory and inheritance by anthropomorphizing a forgotten object from this influential Canadian artist’s domestic archive. Surrounded by Meyer’s chosen family of objects which include a moveable staircase, an insulated football cape, a hooked rug and a hole the size of the tip of a ballpoint pen, Wieland’s marble is the anchor and next of kin, orchestrating the choreography that unfolds.


“With a mixture of tenderness, fannish enthusiasm and a keen sense for the absurdities that shape which histories are told, Meyer’s performance invites us to help bear the weight of feminist lives lived and lost.” 

~Gabrielle Moser 



Hazel Meyer's The Marble in the Basement is curated and presented by FADO Performance Art Centre as part of Progress, an international festival of performance and ideas. Progress is presented in partnership by SummerWorks and The Theatre Centre, and is collectively curated and presented by a series of Toronto-based companies, operating within a contemporary performance context. This fifth edition of the Festival is curated by Broadleaf Theatre, FADO Performance Art Centre, DLT, RT Collective, SummerWorks, The Theatre Centre, and Why Not Theatre.




FADO Performance Art Centre



Thurs / Jan. 30 / 7:00pm

Fri / Jan. 31 / 7:00pm

Sat / Feb.1 / 4:00pm (with post-show talkback)



50 minutes



Conceived and performed by Hazel Meyer

Performed with Moe Angelos and Stephen Jackman-Torkoff

Puppet Design: Jamie Shannon

Production Manager: Deb Lim

Lighting Design: Adrien Whan



Performed in English






BMO Incubator for Live Arts

The Theatre Centre

1115 Queen St W






3-show PASS



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