First of all, 2.5 hours is not enough sleep to get going into a 12 hour day. Just a piece of advice for your life.
Sunday was, thankfully, a shorter day. We we joined in the morning by Deborah Pearson who curated the Live Art series to continue our ongoing conversation about Live Art. What I took away from our conversation with her were two key points.
1. People put their defenses up when they feel inadequate. In a Live Art setting, this means that if people are uncertain of how they area expected to behave, they won’t participate at all.
2. Using the term Live Art makes it easy to dismiss. Let’s call it experimental theatre instead.
Debbie gave us the names of some experimental theatre artists who are working internationally, including her own work with Forest Fringe in the UK, Dickie Beau (who apparently has great videos online) and Mammilian Diving Relfex.
Jordi, our program coordinator, managed to get some tickets for Dutchman set aside for us during the afternoon. I was very excited to see this show because it is being done here site specific on a bus. While I ultimately felt that it was not successful, I really enjoyed the experience of being on the bus with them. I am looking forward to taking that experience back to my Onsite program in Vancouver.
After Dutchman I met up with the lovely Nancy Kenny and Pat Gauthier to see One/Un which was one of my top five of the festival. Pat had to head straight back it Ottawa, but Nancy and I were able to go for drinks and get in a real visit.