ADÉ SOLEIL, Barak
times and locations TBA
Drawing from legendary Muhammad Ali’s iconic and arguably world’s shortest poem—“Me, We”—the gently kinetic performative work we. reflects a desire and intention for genuine interconnectivity. we. will emerge through consensual touch, physical shifting and ambient explorations; guided by voice and visually non-voiced cues within a communal experience.
Barak adé Soleil is an award-winning contemporary artist and curator; part of the progressive scene since 1991. Addressing performativity and labour of the body, Barak’s creative practice draws from traditions of the African diaspora, queerness, disability culture, and postmodernism.
Recent works include from here to there for the 2018 exhibition Chicago Disability Activism, Arts & Design, 1970s to Today at Gallery 400, and a series of movements for the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art. In NYC, markings premiered as part of the 2019 group exhibition Refiguring The Future.
Barak works globally, engaging with distinct communities across Turtle Island, Europe and Africa.
up n down, Art Institute of Chicago, USA 2018 PHOTO courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago
a series of movements [Toronto]
Sunday October 7 4:30 pm
The Theatre Centre
time shifts. the body moves. a black disabled body moves. queerly.
Reflecting a continued corporeal exploration of the intertwining legacies of race and disability, international artist Barak adé Soleil offers solo selections from compositions that navigate the seemingly pedestrian, transitory and performative ways one moves and is moved through the world.
“My creative aesthetic is informed by the expansive traditions of the African diaspora, postmodern techniques, queer and disability culture, and thoughtful intercultural dialogue. Initially focused solely on blackness and the legacies of black folk, the creative practice has shifted to exploring multiple intersections. Most present is the intersection of disability and race. I craft transgressive live art. Be it dance, theatre or undefinable, the artistry comes from a rigorous exploration of how one uniquely moves, as well as how one is part of a larger movement.”
Barak adé Soleil is an award-winning artist making dance, theatre and performance art that draws upon the traditions of the African diaspora, queerness, disability culture and postmodernism. Barak has been working internationally within the live arts scene for over two decades.
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Barak adé Soleil event announcement ASL Vlog (produced by Deaf Spectrum)