FOOD=NEED is a week of performances, workshops and discussion forums around food and its use, facilitated by WIAprojects in collaboration with DPNC, Arts4All and 7a*11d. Food is a basic human need. It shapes desires and obsessions and yields many kinds of enjoyment and pain. One can explore food from diverse perspectives, seeing it both as an object produced and consumed and also as a symbol of our human relations. The diversity of what we eat (and don’t eat) and of how food is produced and shared shapes cultures, communities, and nations. At the changing of the year at Samhain, we acknowledge mortality and remember our ancestors. It is a time when the veil is thin between this world and that of the next. We trick them in costume and through play. We celebrate and honour them with tradition and story. Food is an essential part of this time. FOOD = NEED intends to animate fruitful discussion, generate creative ideas, and build solidarity among cultural producers and facilitators across communities using performance – and food
Sponsored by the 9th 7a*11 International Festival of Performance Art
Margaret DRAGU Presentation/performance
Tuesday October 30 4 pm – 6 pm
Leigha Lee Browne Theatre
University of Toronto Scarborough, 1265 Military Trail
Wednesday October 31 1 pm – 4 pm
DPNC, 1900 Davenport Rd
RISING is an 8-hour durational performance comprising 8 hours of bread-making performed in front of a videotape of Dragu’s fishing village of Finn Slough in Richmond, BC. It employs time, yeast, sugar, flour, water, oil, fire and sweat and audience participation.
the chicken arrives around 2:30pm
Thursday November 1 2 pm – 5 pm
Dufferin Grove Park, 875 Dufferin St
“This piece is curious about what happens when on ‘the day of the dead,’ a fire, a garden, a chicken, chicken meat and a grace-digging human being meet and meet with you.”
Performance by Chrissy Poitras with actions or installations by claude wittmann, ARTIFACTS and Margaret Dragu, Tamarind Eco Arts Projects, Sanctuary, DPNCHC. Group conversation and closing action facilitated by Liz Rucker & Arts4All at 7.30pm.
Pomegranate (Chrissy Poitras) remembers: “As a young girl my father and I would celebrate the winter season with a tradition. This tradition was to sit down with two bowls and a pomegranate. This performance speaks to these questions of memory, loss, ritual and reenactment.
WIAprojects is a multi-faceted feminist arts-informed research, mentoring and practice program housed at the Centre for Women’s Studies in Education (CWSE), Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. For more information and a full schedule of events: www.wiaprojects.com