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Aaron Pollard and Stephen Lawson

“Besides doomed divines, other theatrical spirits conjured up include East Village performance artist Jack Smith, the late Charles Ludlam (founder of NYC's Ridiculous Theatre), even Canada's own Tanya Mars. At its best, camp exposes the questionable nature of gender, class, and race, while also creating empathy for its subjects. This is very much the territory that Lawson and Pollard travel…”

7a*11d International Performance Art Festival


7a*11d formed in January 1997 out of a collective interest in Toronto''s burgeoning performance art activity. By August 1997, 13 foudning artists produced the first annual 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, featuring approximately 60 artists from Canada, the US, and Australia. 1998's 2nd International Festival of Performance Art was a two-part festival (in August and October), again with over 50 artists from Canada, the US, and Europe.

absolut theatre company


The absolut theatre company was founded in 1997 and became a registered non-for profit society ( S- 46597) on September 8 2003.

The mandate of the absolut theatre company is:
a) To write, workshop and/or produce original Canadian scripts.
b) To create: educational, political, bizarre environmental theatre in various key locations throughout the Lower Mainland and beyond, so
that we may highlight our Canadian identity.
c) To provide skills and opportunities to women and youth within the industry.

Action Terroriste Socialement Acceptable


ATSA is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by the artists Pierre Allard and Annie Roy. Our mandate is to create so-called urban interventions: installations, performances and realistic stagings that bear witness to the various social and environmental aberrations which preoccupy us. Our name (Socially Acceptable Terrorist Action) is in itself an aberration, serving as an example of the concerns which motivate the artworks.

Afshin Matlabi


Afshin Matlabi is a multidisciplinary artist. He holds a B.F.A. from U.B.C. Vancouver, a M.F.A. from Concordia U. Montreal, and a B.Eng. from Ryerson Poly. U. Toronto. He has presented his works across Canada in solo and group exhibitions and currently teaches at Vanier College and Concordia University in Montreal. He explores issues concerning gender and sexuality, crosscultural phenomena, and humor. He lives in Montreal.

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