THE RIGHT eye of clint : scenography
july 27, 2019
I was very proud to participate with Matt Smith in the weekly, summer-long series Intimate Experiences at Mast on Fig in Los Angeles, California.
THE RIGHT EYE OF CLINT: Scenography
Choreography and Performance by Andrea Spaziani
Music and Performance by Matt Smith / Prince Nifty
Artistic Consultant: Danny Grossman
Made in-residence at The Dancemakers Centre for Creation (Toronto)
Saturday July 27 at 7PM
The Right Eye of Clint digs up the embodied ruins of Western film tropes that have been lying dormant in my thinking and doing, and that I wish to challenge. I came to them by way of wearing Clint Eastwood’s right eye. His eye is a kind of camouflage that initiates me into a worldview/body that I don’t fully understand, and yet I perceive to be leaning on me. This lean produces pressure and I train myself to work with pressure like a horse, as an edge, as a precarious material, an atmosphere, and a feeling of being watched. Hiding in plain sight, I will extract scenes from the stage work The Right Eye of Clint that I made in Toronto, Canada and reconstitute them in Los Angeles: one of many immortalized landing sites that encapsulate the mythology of the West, and the desire for transformation and new beginnings. I am cognizant of making the westward trek towards this location and the complex history of this path.
Photos by Alejandro Fargosonini
residency at small arms inspection building, mississauga
June 17-28, 2019
With generous support from the Ontario Arts Council and the Small Arms Society volunteers, I met with an interdisciplinary group of artists for a creation project: Linda Duvall (Saskatoon), Christopher Willes (Montreal / Toronto), Kate Nankervis (Toronto), and Shan Turner-Carroll (NSW, Australia). We spent time in two locations: Neilson Park Creative Centre, and the Small Arms Inspection Building. Both of these facilities are situated along Etobicoke Creek which runs toward Lake Ontario, and forms a natural division between Mississauga and Toronto. Everyone was re-located daily. We came together to find a way to come together, and to produce a score for an event to unfold in the SAIB in 2020.
How can we share an entry point (a score) and express it differently through each of our mediums? What connects us and what are we resonating with through our time together, as a group, in these locations?
We walked and talked a lot. We recorded our talking so that the language of our score could be built from this emergent text, mainly composed of descriptions of what we were doing, thinking about, or experiencing as we moved through the spaces inside and outside these venues. Over the next year I will compose a score from these text fragments, from us, from this time, and from the particularities of what these spaces produced with and through our different subjectivities.
At this moment in time, the score might be to “FLOOD THE SMALL ARMS BUILDING” and the project (movements, photographs, video works, conversation pieces, experimental music, sculptures) will flow from there. What is a flood? As a substance, an occurrence, a disaster, an affront, a feeling or behaviour, an abundance or a lack, a game, a rising horizontal axis, becoming engulfed, or an indication of something to come or a result of something giving way?
Photos by Shan Turner-Carroll
DECADENCE WORKSHOP at the toronto dance community love-in
June 12-14, 2019
Fill your tanks and flex your transgressive spirits. Decadence for joy is a meeting of superfluous textures, poetical run-on sentences, artifice and embellishment. A flat-out refusal of spiritual exhaustion, doing anything for practical means, rationalizations and trying to be good.
As a starting point we will consider the decadent proposal: Life Imitates Art, and not the other way around. Working with various constraints (‘exercises’) we will invite excess. We will crack crème brûlée with our toes and try to let go of expectations except for the most grandiose.
We will make art accountable to nothing but itself for 2 hours each day while standing at the edge of a massive stockpile of dislocated content. This is a generative practice jam sesh for stimulation. An energetic nose blow for 2019 fatigue of all sorts. A workshop chock-full of content but with no purpose.
There’s a bibliography but it’s really just a point of departure. We can pool related and unrelated pdf’s over the week if everybody feels like it.
Indulgences of vibe, spirit, sound and anatomy will be leavened. We will facilitate giving ourselves many small gifts. Thank yourself for working hard.
Become an expert meanderer and see what presents itself. Rest racing thoughts by way of repetitive movements and absurd cleaning.
Reconcile the two opposing realities “this is enough” and “I want more”. Be lazy at the same time you are sweating. Welcome comfort at the same time as learning a decorative word. Be particular and frivolous. Exaggerate your birth, feign innocence, come as a character, come for the frill.
All practitioners and makers interested in what the body can do are welcome.
archaeology of the frivolous 4 : DEGUSTATION AND DECADENCE IN THE DESERT
MAY 24-31 2019
Food, films, excessive nature and decadence in the desert for 7 days.
Highlights include roasted rabbit stew and reenactments of scenes from Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession (1981) in a residential backyard in Fort Davis, TX, a star party at the MacDonald Observatory with a laser pen that can point at the stars, and bourgeoisie swimming at the Marfa Pool.
Art NOW lecture and workshop at University of Lethbridge
8 FEBRUARY 2019
Inviting Alternative Agencies
12 pm | February 8, 2019
University Recital Hall
Free admission, everyone welcome!
In a time of questioning anthropocentrism, how might artists step outside themselves and glimpse at the elements or context of their work from a different reality – be it that of a paper bag, a balloon, a horse, a germ, an alter ego, an art lecture, a stone, or a pile of compost? Part lecture, part performance, Andrea Spaziani offers a choreographic sharing on creative processes that invite encounters with things, ideas, or points of view that are incompatible with habitual perception or push familiarity to its limits. She will share her process for making shifts in knowing and being from closed, inscribed definitions to a flow of contingencies, tangents, and complexities. She does this to challenge barriers that take hold on processes of thinking. How does the artwork itself think, uncover its own expanded definitions, or produce a dialogue through a multiplicity of relations?
A Trail of Crumbs - Interdisciplinary Creation Workshop
2-5pm / February 8, 2019
Room W420 (Drama Studio)
Free workshop open to all students in Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge
How can an artist find their way back from being lost? How can becoming lost lead to the discovery of something new that you might not otherwise encounter? In this creation workshop we will look for the trail that is left behind when we make work, even if that trail has already disappeared. We will turn our heads a lot and use our bodies, perception, and intuition. We will move forward while also looking back and develop our own tracking systems.
This workshop is for anyone interested in experimenting with how to make things (artwork, dances, music, videos, writing, baking, crafts, poems) and moving the body. We will make something together, share it, and talk.
Please wear comfortable clothes, running shoes, and bring something you think is unfinished and would like to work with (an object, an idea for a story, an image, a fragment of cloth, a costume, half of a drawing, a trace, a riddle, a recipe, a video file, a song chorus, etc.)
MENTORSHIP WITH MARIA JEREZ in MADRID, SPAIN
With support from the Ontario Arts Council, I spent 7 weeks in Madrid, Spain apprenticing with Maria Jerez.. I had the pleasure of investigating the difficult choreographic questions embedded in her creative process for ‘The Stain’. We talked about how to produce a ‘collage state’, how to transmit the gaze of the performer to that of the audience using a single light, what ‘MONDONGO STYLE’ means, and how to bring a strange miscellany of things and practices into one space. I also learned how to bake bread (masa madre and brioche) filled with strange things (a stone, a tree stump, a vase, a whole banana). During this time, she also presented ‘Yabba’ at Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo in Móstoles – an abstract piece that takes place under a beautiful abundance of fabrics. Where the body begins and ends is impossible to decipher. I got to look beneath the fabric as well, seeing a world of wires, keyboards, inflatable bags, breathing tubes, walkie talkies, tiny engines, objects on long sticks, duct tape, random stuff of all sorts, AND 4 people. What a world.
SMALL ARMS BUILDING RESIDENCY
I will begin my residency activities at the SMALL ARMS BUILDING in Mississauga, at the edge of the Queen West streetcar and Long Branch GO station. On Friday, September 21st it is World Peace Day, and I will be hosting a session of HANDWRITING THE CONSTITUTION: a project initiated by MORGAN O’HARA in New York City in response to the 2017 Presidential Election and Inauguration in the United States. The project has grown internationally, with collaborators hosting sessions in Italy, Portugal, Germany, and Taipei, among others, handwriting their respective constitutions or documents written to protect the basic human rights of all people. It is a meditative, convivial space for introspective activism. PLEASE JOIN US, ALL ARE WELCOME.
w/ Alicia Grant and Andrea Spaziani
Coming soon, with subtitles...
Our aim is embodying aggression: something we feel is prevalent, and is yet difficult to express from our imposed positions of polite complacency. We search for “appropriate” expression, like kids trying on their parents’ clothes. We use the personas we find in costumes, WWE wrestlers, poop jokes through a microphone, and we coach each other.
There are no immediate threats within the sanctum of the studio, but we have experienced threats, and we can also deliver them. It is threatening when people forced or assumed to be “nice” and “complacent” express aggression, or at the very least are not agreeable and smiling, because it is threatening to the status quo.
This self-made mockumentary camera work exposes the scaffoldings of our process, and creating a “penetrative enigma” through the mysterious/seductive editing process. The dancing itself becomes a ritualistic culling of energy, empowering ourselves to express. Can we have fun doing it?
RESEARCH: THE WEST
(full work coming spring 2019)
I learned to ride horses last year and was struck by their behavioural relationship to 'pressure'. Horses move away from pressure (physical, focal, social / herd) and I wanted to understand that how to respond to and manifest pressure in the studio. I invited atmospheric pressure, minute points of contact, balance, and a few physical fitness contraptions that I found. And a rope.
I also spent time watching Hollywood Western films, and realized that although I haven't seen many Westerns, I have absorbed their tropes, values, prejudices, heroic fantasies, victim fantasies, hierarchies, and their dominating, intimidating, and isolationist attitudes.
How does the west, as a place, a culture, a film genre, and a political landscape, perpetuate itself (consciously or not)?
I'm working my way through this muck of psycho-drama, here's some rough footage:
I'm proud to announce the premiere of my first work completed as Artist in Residence at Dancemakers. SILVER VENUS was made in collaboration with Nicole Rose Bond, Irvin Chow, Francesca Chudnoff, Alicia Grant, Julia Male, Claire Turner Reid, and Matt Smith. I feel very lucky to have worked with this abundant, energetic, and talented group.
Also, I'm publishing the choreographic score for SILVER VENUS and have had a great experience working with Gracia Gallo and Gabrielle Raill Design.
Hot off the press at the show! LINK TO FULL TEXT SCORE HERE
APRIL 26th-28th at 8pm
at the DANCEMAKERS CENTRE FOR CREATION
Tickets are priced at a sliding scale.
Seating is limited, reserve your tickets HERE
Back at it in the desert in Fort Davis, TX with our friends climbing mountains and sweating and singing and flouting and performing for the dead and dancing in historic homes. MAY 24th-30th 2018
DANCEMAKERS Local artist in residence
I'm working on a group piece with Nicole Rose-Bond, Irvin Chow, Alicia Grant, Julia Male, Matt Smith, and Claire Turner-Reid.
We are making a new VENUS. Our work-in-progress moment happened at the end of April, 2016 here.
April 17, 2017 at the historic Judson Church I'll be presenting some problems and questions. Stay tuned.
Multi-multi of all things pixelated, for time-based works on expanded definitions of space.
At the Transart Triennale on August 6th, 2016 at Uferstudios, Berlin (GE)
The website launch is almost here! On February 1st check out www.lonedancer.ca
Come party at HUB 14
February 1st, 2014, worldwide people
An online choreographic initiative in the form of an invitation to dance once a day, for any length of time, in any capacity, any location, privately or publicly, for a minimum of 1 month. Video submissions and responses posted on lonedancer.ca It is an invitation to experience a dance that exists outside judgement.
the moment before
July 3-5 and July 10-12 @ 8pm, 2013
Toronto Dance Community Love-In presents 6 evenings of experimental contemporary dance works by local, national and international artists. Bringing you a series of double bill performances and discussions for two weeks of mover, thinker mayhem.
Collective Space, 221 Sterling Rd, Unit 5. (Sterling Lofts)
Tickets: Single night tickets $15. Festival pass $75. Available at the door or for purchase online here:
In a limbo of anticipation, we prepare like it’s possible to feel prepared.
We are all intention and no delivery.
We are performance with an identity crisis.
We are afraid of being caught with nothing to show.
We are promo for the most fantastic virtuosic stuff you wont see.
We eat pressure, practice too much, and attempt to re-create the magic from last time.
It was so good last time.
Choreography by Andrea Spaziani, Created and Performed by Andrea Spaziani and Amanda Acorn, Sound Design by Christopher Willes, Lighting design by Simon Rossiter, Premiere: TWObyFOUR Festival of Duets, Dancemakers Centre for Creation, Toronto, January 2012
February 21st to March 10th, 2013, In conjunction with Hub 14’s Incubator Residency, Andrea Spaziani's new work with collaborators Amanda Acorn, Alicia Grant, Mike Hughes, Brendan Jensen, Julia Male and Christopher Willes.
meet/meant/mtng/mning considers how we can say just enough, and where/when/how we come together and understand, or not. It is a series of interpretations of utterances, cues, and misappropriations. We will observe the language of making, surrender to horrible descriptive summaries, and never really know what we’re saying except for how we’re saying it. We will engage in pulsion, neotypisms, silent and invisible P’s, and be joyously thankful our bodies can do stuff too. There will be an audio guide of sorts.