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Performance Anxiety curated by Heather Pesanti

Dress Rehearsal, 2014

Suitable for all ages

Dress Rehearsal, 2014

Tor Lukasik-Foss - Hamilton, Canada

Performance Art

Dress Rehearsal is a set of three, free-standing shadow boxes installed in the loading dock beneath Toronto City Hall. Constructed from an array of salvaged lumber, furniture, plexiglass and fabric, each box holds a solitary performer generating shadows through varying stages of preparation: grooming, dressing, meditating, rehearsing, experimenting, repeating and honing. While some shadows are prerecorded and generated by video projector, others are live; the difference will be almost indiscernible to the viewer. Soft noises generated by their actions will overlap gently and fill the loading bay space. Riffing on the age old tradition of portraiture, Dress Rehearsal seeks to capture the intimacy and vulnerability generated in moments of secluded preparation and offers a quiet, poignant moment.

Tor Lukasik-Foss is a multi-disciplinary artitst based in Hamilton, Ontario, whose works are often hybrids of visual art, performance and the written word. He exhibits work both individually and as part of an artist collective called TH&B. He also sometimes performs under the pseudonym ‘tiny bill cody.’


Nathan Phillips Square

100 Queen Street West (Southwest Side of City Hall, west of the front doors)

This project is both indoors and outdoors.