Theirs, Yours, Mine (2023)
Invitation to produce new work from FADO Performance Art Centre; Score written by Tomasz Szrama
May 13 2023, Toronto, Canada. The Commons @ 401 Richmond Street West
All Photographs by Henry Chan
From FADO's website: "FADO’s spring performance art series invites 10 artists to perform the interpretation of a performance score, written for them by an artist of their own choosing. Artists from across a spectrum of practices grounded in live performance (including cabaret, music, experimental composition, intermedia, video and more) interpret a score designed for them by an array of Canadian and international artists. The duos have chosen to strategize their collaboration in myriad ways—from conspiring together to revealing the final score only moments before the live presentation.
Emerging in the early 1960s in the context of the FLUXUS movement and in conversation with the expanded compositional practices of John Cage and LaMonte Young, “event scores” relied on elements of collaboration, improvisation, and chance to challenge traditional understandings of originality and artistic creation. Often very short, event scores typically consisted of lists of prompts and instructions ranging from the mundane to the elusively abstract and were circulated among fellow artists with an open invitation to interpret and perform them however they wanted. A Score of Scores is an experimental back-to-basics platform for artists to create new small-scale work in a spirit of experimentation, collaboration, and agility."
A deeper reflection/artist statement may come soon; the score is a PDF at the bottom of the page and I feel these photos reflect the actions best.
Please find the video documentation and more photos here: https://performanceart.ca/performance/a-score-of-scores/performanceart.ca/performance/a-score-of-scores/