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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner Contemplate the City with Body Cartography at HATCH

Body Cartography is the newest project from the collaborative duo Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner, happening as part of HATCH: emerging performance projects

TORONTO, ON (Feb. 1, 2010)Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: emerging performance projects continues with the second of five performance residencies for 2010 with Body Cartography from Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner. It is a performance mixing the disparate details of balancing on rooftops, walking home alone at night, raiding secret swimming pools and feeling too close to strangers; combining installation, contemporary dance and question and answer periods. Created in collaboration with visual artist Simon Rabyniuk and urban theorist Alex Marques, Body Cartography emphasizes and distorts the idea of a city within a city within a city within a city.

Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present Body Cartography, by Alicia Grant and Cara Spooner in the Studio Theatre on Feb. 25, 8 p.m. & Feb. 27, 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $10 for students, seniors and arts workers and are available by phone at 416-973-4000 or through The performance will be followed by an artist Q & A.

Under the scope of psycho-geography, Body Cartography evolved from a series of conversations and city-sprawling bicycle scores the group has created together. Psycho-geography is an approach to subjectively experiencing a city and using all of the senses to do so. This approach has been brought to the artists’ experience of the city, the theatre and their own bodies. The question is this: How do we experience a place through our bodies and our memories?

Spooner and Grant use subjective mapping, personal stories, human artifacts and the “city as a score” as a springboard for creation and performance. Body Cartography has a raw physicality that playfully explores themes of home, isolation, over-crowding and what we carry with us in our bodies and our pockets.

Set to an evocative score by Lisa Conway and performed in an environment made from found objects, the dancers offer an intimate look at the many versions of the city that exist. Body Cartography is a vital work of collaboration between diverse artists and the city in which they live.

Cara Spooner and Alicia Grant make films, installations, curated events, subtle interventions and performances. They come from a contemporary dance lineage and integrate the physicality of their dance backgrounds into their practice and conceptual performances. They collaboratively create art that amplifies, distorts and/or frames everyday experience, drawing attention to disparate details like personal space, contemporary mythology, architecture of food courts and how fast cars can actually move. Their interdisciplinary collaborations unpack the notion of artist as social being into a relational art practice.


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