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Lap, 1976

photo: Private Eye (aka Thaddeus Holownia )

photo: David Hargrave, Parachute Centre for Cultural Affairs, Calgary

Dance Artists poster & Western Front postcard

Performance History:
St. Paul’s Centre, Toronto, Dance Artists (1976); Vehicule Art Inc., Montreal; Parachute Centre for Cultural Affairs, Calgary; Western Front, Vancouver (1977)

References:
Lap Documents
. Elizabeth Chitty. Dance in Canada. ed. Susan Cohen. Winter 1977. No. 11.18-20.
Parallel Position. Elizabeth Chitty. Dance in Canada. ed. Susan Cohen. Spring 1977. No. 12. 4-6.
Whispered Art History. Arsenal Pulp Press. 1993. 35.*

Lap from Elizabeth Chitty on Vimeo.
Lap, 1976 from Elizabeth Chitty on Vimeo.


*Elizabeth Chitty was one of a group of Toronto dancers, centred around a space called 15 Dance Lab, who about this time were giving up on having their work recognized by the dance community and started presenting it as “performance”, often in artist-run centres. This was the first such performance to be staged in Vancouver, and I remember being impressed by the way it removed the artifice of “dance” with its use of video and a non-dancer (Terry McGlade) performing unskilled but physically demanding material, wrestling in costumes with sleeveless leotards and bare limbs, and its relentless monitoring of the fatigue level of the performers by the whistles they kept in their mouths to reveal their breathing. – Jane Ellison

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