January 18-27, 2019
Sat, Jan 19, 2019
8:00 pm — 2:00 am
$15 at the door (cash)
772 Dundas Street West, 2nd Floor
In the wake of high-profile allegations, toxic workplaces, and powerful leaders who committed sexual harassment have been exposed. Interestingly, Harvey Weinstein’s female victims recounted a similar act before he escalated his behaviour: soliciting or giving a massage.
‘Massages By Strangers’ features a hybrid space consisting of massages during musical performances (Korea Town Acid, Depression Era, more) with immersive projections and aims to reposition massage from negative connotations (eg. gateway to harassment, body-rub parlours) to its therapeutic roots. This environment actively engages multiple senses – touch, sight, hearing, and olfactory, which encouraging collective listening as boundaries surrounding issues of consent and respect are negotiated. Given seismic shifts in social attitudes around health, wellness, impropriety, and rights, ‘Massages By Strangers’ captures a newfound urgent mood.
AUTOMATES (Arthur Yeung, Lesley Loksi Chan), Depression Era (Andrew Hercules, Arthur Yeung), Korea Town Acid (Jessica Cho), WeTurnToRed (Shamanta Chandran), Phèdre (Daniel Lee, April Aliermo)
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