The Theatre Centre Lobby
1115 Queen Street West
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Friday August 5th 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Friday August 5th 6:45 PM - 7:45 PM
Saturday August 6th 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Saturday August 6th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Saturday August 6th 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Sunday August 7th 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Sunday August 7th 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Sunday August 7th 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Monday August 8th 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Monday August 8th 5:15 PM - 6:15 PM
Tuesday August 9th 2:45 PM - 4:45 PM
Tuesday August 9th 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Tuesday August 9th 9:15 PM - 10:45 PM


The installation can be viewed at any time. 15-18 minute one on one performances are available during performance times. Each participant receives a small gift.

Latecomer Policy

No Latecomers.


Inspired by elements of fire, flooding, and the desire to cleanse the heart, this performance installation conceived and performed by Erika Batdorf in collaboration with Mark-David Hosale and Suzanne Bartos invites individual audience members to choose elements that affect a 15 minute performance loop integrating music, digital technology, poetic text, art objects, and singing. In a self-contained mini theatre, the artist attempts to maintain a deeply authentic process that is altered by every interaction while she is attached to physiological and emotive sensors that affect the sound and lighting. You can observe the performance through a variety of analogue and digital instruments while audience members take turns one at a time interacting directly with the performer. Each audience member receives a small gift made by the artist during the performance. Burnish premiered at the 56th Venice Biennale 2015 with the international environmental arts group- 9dragonheads.


Conceived, Written and Performed by Erika Batdorf; Mask by Ida Ayu Laksmi Maha Dewi;
Set Design, Electronics, Sound Design and Art Objects by Mark-David Hosale; Costume and Art Objects by Suzanne Bartos.

Curator's Note

"I’m thrilled that SummerWorks will host the latest incarnation of Burnish. Veteran performance-creator, Erika Batdorf is an artist who has dedicated herself to exploring the complex depths of human experience. Her expertise spans many disciplines and she combines forms as one might mix different colours of paint. Erika works closely with Art/Scientist Mark-David Hosale along with a stellar team of international collaborators, each contributing to the next evolution of the work. With Burnish, the audience chooses to either watch through peepholes or engage with Erika one-on-one inside the installation.  Each participant receives a small gift. As one audience member from Venice Biennale cited, “I felt like I was taken to a completely other world, I was so… in wonder." - Cathy Gordon