• Artists: Avery Plewes, Wynn Holmes, Marie-Hélène Delorme
  • Medium: Interactive Installation
  • Project Type: Independent Projects
  • Neighbourhood: Bloor / Yorkville

This immersive sound, video and performance project invites you to become part of a collaborative creation in the soaring spaces of Toronto’s largest public library.

Location

Toronto Reference Library

  • Address: 789 Yonge St.
  • Public Washrooms: Yes
  • Physical Access: Wheelchair accessible, uneven surface throughout the viewing area
  • Indoors/Outdoors: Indoors

The Project

Visitors will enter the soaring Modernist atrium of the Toronto Reference Library to help create “Moriyama’s Continuum”. On the surrounding walls, video will show people performing repetitive movements. Using the footage and its soundscape as a guide, participants can grasp hanging fabric panels, either to manipulate or to put on as costumes, and respond to and reinterpret those movements. The video projections will become a shared code as these simple choreographed movements transmit from person to person. Together, these elements will create a composition that evolves all night. Architect Raymond Moriyama conceived of this library as a gathering place for creativity. In the months leading up to Nuit Blanche, hundreds of people from across Toronto will work with the artists at other city libraries to craft components. On the night of Nuit Blanche, their piece will be completed—by participants celebrating Moriyama’s iconic social space and Toronto’s public sphere.

The Artists

Lo Fi Dance Theory generates unique projects that support the exploration of dance- and movement-based practices. This particular Nuit Blanche 2019 project is a collaboration between costume designer Avery Plewes, choreographer Wynn Holmes, composer Marie-Hélène Delorme, the iconic spaces of the Toronto Reference Library and members of the public.

Acknowledgements

Lo Fi Dance Theory would like to thank Mr. Raymond Moriyama, Canada Council for the Arts, TPL Staff, LFDT Board Members, Lucius Dechausay, Julia Kidder, and Jaymes Moore.