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Tethered Together Pageant
by Interference Ensemble

The Tethered Together Pageant is a live event that occurs Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Holstein, Ontario, as part of their non-motorized Santa Claus Parade. At 1:00pm an ensemble of twelve contemporary musicians marches slowly through the town playing a looping, contrapuntal melody, written for the event by Doug Tielli. Small, delicate parade floats are pulled along behind them, like dog carts or old fashioned wheelchairs, each tethered to one musician’s waist. Every float has a passenger consisting of a sculpted model representing one of the many dependent relationships we have had in our lives.

At the same time, a video camera moves among them, capturing their progress and sounds and facial expressions. Their fingers on the keys of their instruments. Their glances back at the passengers they are ferrying. The camera shows their fleeting relationship to location, their roaming migration and their determination and trust in each other. These raw video images are livestreamed on Akimbo’s Facebook Page back to the nearby Durham Art Gallery.

In the exhibition space, the live pageant imagery is projected, the music fills the space and a singer, Heather Saumer, delivers a song, adding a layer of commentary to this modest spectacle. Her libretto draws connections between each player and the passenger that is riding behind them. She points towards the responsibility that is inherent in relationships, the power that emerges from collectivity, and the emphatic need for constant forward motion. Her stories are complicated and difficult, but rooted in hope and optimism. Her song speaks of transformation.

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Background:

The Interference Ensemble is William Bossi, Grace Bridgman, Dave Dunn, Jim Grant, Basha Mayo, Steve Morel, Chris Palmer, Jenny Parsons, Robin Rich, Heather Saumer and Doug Tielli. It is led by Tony Massett and Geoffrey Shea.

Our work over the past three years has been in the form of performance with live video. We create tableaux from family dynamics, we interrogate the maker/viewer relationship, and we use non-conventional site-specific spaces.

For more information, contact:

Geoffrey Shea
Gshea38@gmail.com

Tony Massett
tmassett@bmts.com

https://www.facebook.com/InterferenceEnsemble/
https://vimeo.com/InterferenceEnsemble

Tethered Together is supported by the Durham Art Gallery, Akimbo and the Ontario Arts Council.

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