The scholar Peggy Phelan once claimed that the ontology of live performance is its disappearance. It is here for a moment in time, and then it is gone. But, as Rebecca Schneider has argued, every performance also leaves remains: in the bodies of its creators; in the memories of its audiences; and in the paper trails and material detritus that attest to the different phases of its development. At this event we’re hoping to collect some of those remains as they pertain to the recent history of Vancouver performance. Building on the spirit and energy of the recent Our Present Dance Histories project that culminated at the 2017 Dance in Vancouver Biennale, we invite participants to contribute to and help divine the story we might tell from examining the remains of Vancouver performance.
Here, the evidence is put in your hands. A few sheets of paper set the scene and indicate the problems. Archival materials such as newspapers, photos and sticky notes may be sorted and related by the group in order to create a ‘method of history.’ At this celebration, we hope to spark in the community a sense of the presence of Vancouver’s performance history.
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