- Doors: 18:30
- On stage: 19:00
In Make Banana Cry 6 artists confront western society’s perception of “Asian ness” in a critical performance that reclaims, protests against and subverts clichés. Sitting in the tension between identity and stereotypes, the performers continuously deconstruct cultural codes using an arsenal of randomly selected objects in an attempt to shake off the weight of violent representation and fetishization.
Make Banana Cry is a continuous barrage of body politics, a durational parade which contemplates the problematics of “universal” western popular culture while drawing on the artistic background of each of the invited artists. Visual artist Dominique Petrin creates an immersive fake museum “exhibition” as the container for the work, encouraging the public to consider the history of colonization within cultural institutions and museums.
“Make Banana Cry reminds us that we are both products and producers of the society we live in, carriers and transmitters of cultural identities. And that unlike the stereotypes we are bombarded with every day, contemporary identities are never fixed, never frozen and never one-dimensional.” -The Dance Current
Co Authors: Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson | Visual installation: Dominique Pétrin | Collaborators / performers: Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Francesca Chudnoff, Cynthia Koppe, Sehyoung Lee | Producer: Romane de Montgrand | Tour technician: Öykü Önder | Lighting design: Karine Gauthier | Photo: Claudia Chan Tak
With the support of the Festival TransAmériques, as part of the FTA Respirations, the Canada Council for the Arts, MAI (Montréal arts interculturels) and residency support from the CCOV (Centre de Création O Vertigo).