GAME ON AU CHAT BLEU

Photo par Heather Cassils et Robin Black Courtesy Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York

Friday & Saturday, March 8 and 9 – 7:00 p.m. – 10 p.m. @ Blue Cat Boxing Club 20$ – 15$
Tickets available at door or online (student price only available at the door)

Transforming the gym from a workout space into an in situ art happening, dozens of performers reinvent the Blue Cat Boxing Club ring with interactive performance and installation work.

Featuring :

Heather Cassils (Los Angeles) – Becoming an Image (samedi soir seulement)
Coral Short (Montreal/Brooklyn) – Stop Beating Yourself Up (vendredi soir seulement)
Judith Depaule / Mabel Octobre (Paris) – Corps de femme 3, les haltères
Antonija Livingstone – Études Hérétiques
Anna Jane McIntyre – The Taca Taca Feminists
Catherine Lalonde Massecar – Installation Body Fracture
Florence S. Larose et Virginie Jourdain – Tour de piste
Julienne Doko – Corps Accords
Et Lex Vaughn (Toronto) – Jock’s lunch

HEATHER CASSILS *BECOMING AN IMAGE*
Multidisciplinary L.A.-based artist and bodybuilder Heather Cassils— famous in part for recently locking lips with pop-star Lady Gaga in the music video Telephone — will present her latest creation The Shape of Things to Come. In darkness, Heather will participate in a boxing match unlike any other,investigating the violence in the form of entertainment, exploring the relationships between art, photography, documentation and truth. www.heathercassils.com

JUDITH DEPAULE / MABEL OCTOBRE *CORPS DE FEMME*
Through a portrait of female athletes who commit themselves to sports often considered manly — such as rugby, weightlifting and body building — Corps de femme is a European project by Judith Depaule, an eclectic artist, who recently wrote her thesis on theatre in the gulags. She is the founder of the theatre company Mabel Octobre and later became its artistic director. www.mabeloctobre.net

JULIENNE DOKO *CORPS ACCORDS*
Julienne Doko is an artistic nomad, influenced by the classic jazz, hip hop, and the contemporary African dance milieu. She has danced with Zab Maboungou’s company in 2011-2012 and is currently working on a new piece. Questions concerning identity and relativity to otherness have been a guiding principal in her creations.

CORAL SHORT *STOP BEATING YOURSELF UP*
In another non traditional take on the sport of boxing, Montreal- and Brooklyn-based performer Coral Short will perform Stop Beating Yourself Up, a bloody match to the finish against her greatest adversary — her own self. A practicing her craft over the last 15 years, Coral Short is a multidisciplinary artist who has lived all over the world. She currently divides her time between Montreal and Brooklyn. www.coralshort.com

FLORENCE S. LAROSE and VIRGINIE JOURDAIN *TOUR DE PISTE*
A performance installation where muscular male and female bodybuilders take us for a ride. Referring to the « fair phenomena » of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Blue Cat Boxing Club will be transformed with rides and carousels. Virginie Jourdain is a member of the Dyke Rivers collective, who directed queer and feminist performance projects across Europe until 2009. Florence S. Larose is an artist keen on exploring the re-appropriation of cultural codes and media texts, reconstructing them with feminist, queer and activist imperatives.

ANNA JANE MCINTYRE *THE TACA TACA FEMINISTS*
The Taca Taca Feminists is a foosball game unlike other versions of babyfoot. This sculpture pays homage to feminists from different eras, cultures, locations and notorieties. The sculpture is made to be played with. The table was created by feminist Anna Jane McIntyre, a multidisciplinary artist equally committed to both sport and art. Her recent practice works to combine the sensuality, aesthetic and physical engagement in sport with the fine arts. www.annajmcintyre.com

CATHERINE LALONDE MASSECAR *BODY FRACTURE / SONS ET ARTEFACTS *
Body Fracture est une installation-témoin de l’atelier de cassage de planches réalisé le 24 février dernier avec une quinzaine de participantes. Avec la participation de l’artiste sonore Magali Babin. Sous forme de bibliothèque de consultation, le public est invité à revisiter les traces sonores des actions de casse et les décombres des planches de bois fracturées. Chaque petit bout de bois comprend des écrits laissés par les participantes et l’artiste, observations personnelles touchant autant les dualités de l’identité corporelle, les questionnements sur les symboles représentant le corps féminin martial, que sur les icônes de superhéroïnes dans notre imaginaire ou dans la société. Issue du monde de la création théâtrale, Catherine L. Massecar se tourne rapidement vers l’exploration de la performance et de l’intervention interdisciplinaire. Elle a terminé une maîtrise à l’Université du Québec à Montréal, dont le sujet est l’infiltration artistique en territoire urbain. En 2006, elle fonde officiellement le Péristyle Nomade, compagnie consacrée aux nouvelles pratiques artistiques. www.peristylenomade.org

ANTONIJA LIVINGSTONE *ÉTUDES HÉRÉTIQUES*
in collaboration with An Thorne and guests.
Antonija Livingstone is an independent artist working with dance and performance in collaboration internationally. Recently, she is collaborating again with Meg Stuart/Damaged Goods in Berlin, Jennifer Lacey in Paris, An Kaler in Vienna. Her performance practice is as an enthusiast for experimenting with the body and presence as material. As a choreographer she attempts to curate situations for dancing with *irony and empty hands*.

LEX VAUGHN *JOCKS’LUNCH*
Want a sporty snack while taking in the Chat Bleu action? Toronto artist Lex Vaughn will be on hand to host the bottom bar. Lex Vaughn is a multi-disciplinarian artist and ex-pat based in Toronto. For three years, she toured over 300 shows with The Second City. In addition, Lex is a character-based installation artist, mounting Peanut Brittle and WEZY, at Katharine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, and AKA Gallery in Saskatoon. As a drummer, Lex has performed, recorded, and toured extensively with musical groups such as Sir Clement, Hank, The Hidden Cameras, Lesbians on Ecstasy. www.lexvaughn.net

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