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PS: we are all here 2021




You're invited to Love-In’s annual event PS: we are all here 2021. This year PS will be an evening performance series infusing Toronto’s dance landscape with vivid offerings by local artists surrounded by a digital world! PS creates a space of questioning within a contemporary performance practice to demystify dance. 

Featuring:

Calla Moya
Jaz Fairy J
Jessica Karuhanga
Kathleen Taylor
Kwasi Obeng
Digital Landscape by Freya Björg Olafson

with a special appearance by Stephen Jackman-Torkoff

Times & Dates:
PS is available to stream via YouTube until July 17th!


Registration:
 Click the TICKETS above to get your ticket for PS, or return to our SLI event page for more information.

Pricing: Pay-What-You-Can $0-$21
No one will be turned away for a lack of funds. 

Location: On Zoom
You will receive an email with the Zoom link and details in the Simplyk thank-you email. If you have any questions or difficulties registering, please reach us at info@tolovein.com!

Accessibility: ASL Interpretation & Live Transcript offered by Zoom
Our Community Access Program (CAP) invites participants to access our programs with any support they need. We are committed to making events and workshops available to everyone. If you experience barriers to accessing any of our events, please contact us as soon as possible by sending an email to: info@tolovein.com. Please note that any arrangements are subject to availability.

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

 
Calla Moya
 is a Toronto-based emerging artist whose work is invested in the materiality of the medium, whether the body, celluloid, or a digital apparatus. In using a reflexive mode in their work, Calla foregrounds an interplay between text, image, and gesture.

In balancing the tension between improvisation and prescriptive rules, Calla engages in a conscious art-making process. The manifestation of this praxis results in burns and nail polish on the emulsion, dreams choreographed, and glitches on the tape.

Calla Moya presents their work tonight titled collapse. This is a demonstration of falling techniques on super 8mm colour negative stock. With camera by Patrick Clancy, and processing and scanning by Niagara Custom Lab.

 
Freya Björg Olafson
is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, animation, motion capture, XR, painting, and performance. Their praxis engages with identity and the body, as informed by technology and the Internet. Olafson’s work has been exhibited and performed internationally at the Bauhaus Archiv (Berlin), SECCA - SouthEastern Center for Contemporary Art (North Carolina), LUDWIG museum (Budapest), and The National Arts Center (Ottawa). She has benefitted from residencies, most notably through EMPAC - Experimental Media & Performing Arts Center (New York), Oboro (Montreal), and Counterpulse (San Francisco). Olafson holds an MFA in New Media from the Transart Institute / Donau Universität and joined the Department of Dance at York University as an Assistant Professor in July 2017. In April 2020 Olafson was one of the 2020 longlist ‘Sobey Art Award’ recipients.

Photo taken by Robbie Sweeny

 
Jaz Fairy J
 is a Creative Entrepreneur, Choreographer, Healer and Performing Artist. She is the founder and CEO of her luxury natural skincare brand ‘Rub of Luv’ accessing self luv through skincare. She has been a multi-disciplinary artist for 14 years and she believes that art is a portal to the divine and in that, she is in a constant investigation around how her work can create more space for healing. Through natural skincare creations, movement and meditative workshops, gatherings, story sharing, rituals/ceremonies, ancestral research and performance, her work is about finding the inner freedom and grounding to live in the fullness of one’s truth and do the work of abundant self love, self healing, growth and acceptance. Her life mantra is “dream create manifest”. 

As I explore the ways in which my daily practice of life has shifted during the pandemic, I honour the practice of opulent, divine rest. As a way of being, living and existing. Finding new ways to exist in the space of my body and the sound of my voice. Opulent Rest-Volume One, is a new creation connected to a larger new work I am creating called “the daily” which premieres this fall 2021 with the NAC. 

 
Jessica Karuhanga
 is a first-generation Canadian artist of British-Ugandan heritage whose work addresses cultural politics of identity and Black diasporic concerns through lens-based technologies, writing, drawing and performances. Through her practice she explores individual and collective concerns of Black subjectivity. Karuhanga has presented her work at SummerWorks (Toronto, 2020), The Bentway (Toronto, 2019), Nuit Blanche (Toronto, 2018), and Goldsmiths University (London, UK, 2017). Karuhanga's writing has been published by C Magazine, BlackFlash, Susan Hobbs Gallery and Fonderie Darling. She has been featured in AGO's Artist Spotlight, i-D, DAZED, Visual Aids, Toronto Star, CBC Arts, Globe and Mail and Canadian Art.

Jessica Karuhanga presents their work titled You Feel Me.
You Feel Me is a forthcoming performance that meditates on empathetic capacities and longing to be held in moments of incalculable grief.

 
Kathleen Taylor
 is an artist currently living in Toronto whose performance-based practice combines clown, dance, physical comedy, and improvisation. Through incongruous movements, gestures, facial manipulations, and vocalizations, she generates embodied masks that complicate behaviours and contaminate the boundaries between emotional states. Coming from a deep-rooted resistance to notions of fixed identity that accompany capitalist logic, her work strives to make visible impulses, mutations, distortions, and multiplicities. She holds a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art and Design.

Taylor begins part one of an ongoing project that centres around embodiments of the grotesque. In mining abstracted characters from within the body, she questions the innate privilege of a singular inner voice or primary manner of conducting oneself. By moving between incarnations of the idiotic and the haunting, proficiency and incompetence, ecstasy and restraint, the unstable ground of personhood is eroded into composite parts that are continuously rearranged in uncanny bodily manifestations.

 
Kwasi Obeng-Adjei
 is a Canadian dancer, choreographer and instructor born and raised in the Greater Toronto Area. After being accepted into the regional arts program at St Roch Secondary School, Kwasi was able to expand his knowledge training in various styles that include Ballets, Jazz, Hip Hop, Modern and Traditional African dance. Kwasi’s Professional credits include the Pan American Games, Lua Shayenne Dance Company’s “Kira, The Path | La Voie”, Esie Mensah Creations, The Raptors Half time Show and more.

Kwasi Obeng presents his, Black Crow. Kwasi’s work conceptualizes the word “Potential” through a fusion of styles that include traditional, and modern African styles. This piece is a reflection of his own life as a person. Kwasi endures constant moments of self doubt, and insecurities in his own abilities. He wants this to be a demonstration of his own potential as an artist.

Photo taken by Nora Stankovic