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Andrew Tay & Stephen Thompson: Make Banana Cry
November 11, 2023 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Make Banana Cry is a critical and destabilizing dance performance by Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson that questions Asian stereotypes while examining the transmission of cultural identity.
Thursday, November 9 at 8 PM | Friday, November 10 at 8 PM | Saturday, November 11 at 8 PM
Make Banana Cry is a critical and destabilizing dance performance that questions Asian stereotypes while examining the transmission of cultural identity. The performance is a continuous barrage of identity politics, a durational parade that contemplates the problematics of universal “Western” pop culture while drawing on the artistic background of each of the invited artists.
Andrew Tay is a hybrid performer, choreographer, curator, and DJ. He is the co-founder of Wants&Needs Danse with Sasha Kleinplatz. He was named the first artistic curator at Le Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV) in Montreal. He recently became the Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT), one of Canada’s oldest contemporary dance companies. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence, and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices.
Stephen Thompson, originally from Calgary, Alberta, is an interdisciplinary artist working between Canada, USA, and Europe. Stephen’s introduction to movement and performing was through competitive figure skating. He received a Bachelor of Kinesiology and Dance from the University of Calgary.