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“On the twenty-fourth day of the third month at Dan-no-ura, to the east of the Shimonoseki
strait between Moji and Akama, the Heike were completely destroyed.” ~ The Tale of the Heike

For the closing of Sympathetic Connections, Von Bark & The Zen Existential Puppet Theatre  and artist Libby Hague will create within the sculpture installation a retelling of the sea battle of Dan-no-ura, a story of courage, loyalty and suicide. Andrew Paterson will be the narrator, in the role of Hoichi the Earless, the bard who sang for an audience of ghosts.

No happiness is so certain that it can’t disappear in an instant and so we  ask: how can we be good, how can we be for each other, and how can we survive?

The sculpture installation Sympathetic Connections contrasts exuberant 3-D form with the pretty but disquieting silhouette of the Pickering nuclear power plant. The nuclear plant was included as a reminder of our vulnerability: the  Fukushima disaster  happened at the time of the making of the installation. Fukushima was also the coastal city from which the Genji embarked for the battle of Dan-no-ura.

The performance space will be standing-room-only and will allow for an audience of about twenty five people with audience participation.  However, it will be documented and subsequently available on-line.  
 
Libby Hague: Sympathetic Connections is presented as part of the AGO’s Toronto Now series, which inhabits the Young Gallery, a free, street-level space adjacent to FRANK Restaurant.

Toronto Now is generously supported by The Contemporary Circle. Contemporary programming at the AGO is supported the Canada Council for the Arts.

For more images and more information, contact:
Sean O’Neill, 416-979-6660 ext. 403, sean_oneill@ago.net

For more information about the artist visit www.libbyhague.com

 

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