Capitalist Duets Public Recordings

A simultaneous performance of seven independently-authored duets.

November 24–27, 2016
The Theatre Centre, 1115 Queen Street West, Toronto

Presented as part of the exhibition, I stood before the source on view at the Blackwood Gallery from October 16 to December 3, 2016.

For tickets and more information, visit The Theatre Centre website.

Public Recordings, CAPITALIST DUETS, 2015, 2016.
Logo: Jeremy McCormick. Photo: Adam Kinner. Courtesy Public Recordings.

Capitalist Duets
Produced by Public Recordings in collaboration with The Theatre Centre
November 24–27, 2016
Co-presented by the Blackwood Gallery as part of the exhibition I stood before the source

Performance Dates:
November 24, 8pm
November 25, 8pm
November 26, 8pm
November 27, 2pm

Franco Boni, Margaret Dragu, Katie Ewald, Francesco Gagliardi, Ame Henderson, sandra Henderson, Adam Kinner, Amy Lam, Samira Mohyeddin, Aliya Pabani, Liz Peterson, Luke Reece, Mila Volpe, Evan Webber

$15/$12 call The Theatre Centre Box Office 416-538-0988 or purchase online.

Public Window, 1575 Dundas Street West, Toronto, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Public Window is a project space mounted in the window of Public Studio, the live/work space of artists Elle Flanders & Tamira Sawatzky. A project by Public Studio & Darlene Montgomery is also featured in I stood before the source.


Because there’s only so much to go around. Or is there?

CAPITALIST DUETS is seven, independently-authored duets performed simultaneously as an unaffected spectacle, complete with merchandise table. There is no composer, no architect, no central authority–only the radical aesthetic modulation of fourteen paired-off performers, each holding tenuously to the logic of their own creation.

CAPITALIST DUETS concludes a three-year experiment to devise a group work responding to the commodity-status of contemporary performance. It’s an endlessly re-scalable art-product fit for the practical anarchy of business-as-usual. Each of the fourteen artists in this iteration are given a micro-grant for the time, props, travel, costume and all other creation expenses related to their duet. With no other guiding framework in place, the normally hidden labour of production becomes startlingly visible–and the visible, in turn, becomes practice. From dancer and choreographer to theatre technician and art-presenting partner, in CAPITALIST DUETS everyone involved holds the status of performer. And every performer dances according to the same rules.

Lighting Design: Paul Chambers


Produced by Public Recordings in collaboration with The Theatre Centre and co-presented by the Blackwood Gallery. The Blackwood Gallery gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council, with additional support from the Department of Visual Studies (UTM).