Performing Performance


The Theatre Centre Mainspace
1115 Queen Street West
Ticket Price: $15 Save with a Pass
Friday August 5th 10:30 PM - 12:00 AM
Sunday August 7th 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM


Double Bill with [decoherence].

Latecomer Policy

Latecomers permitted up until 5 minutes after the start of the performance.


People like to labor, to be productive. Let’s feel good about our systemic relationship to altruistic capitalistic missionary work by experiencing a dance in mess form. The people like a boss so I’ll be the boss, always only a drastic switch mix between the patient (mess) and the boss.

Performing Performance is my doing for you the show. A solo dance. Performing Performance is a framework for trying again and again; a paradoxical display of image fighting image, interrogating the lines that divide me into me(s). The fool? The flaneur? The grandmother? Daughter? The witch or construction worker? The realness is to be found in the performing of my self in these archetypal bodies/states. The hope is that I’ll forget there’s a stage and leave it. The mood will be jovial. Robin Hood is a lady prince.

This performance was developed over a series of one-off fiascos thanks to: Wives Collective (Studio 303), Usine C, Dancemakers, Videofag, The Current Sessions, Series 8:08, PA-F, La Calq (Bina Ellen Gallery), FADO, The Hudson’s Bay Company, RBC Wealth Management.


Created and Performed by Ellen Furey; Art direction by Cailin Bator; Artistic and Socio-political Consultant by Alexandra 'Spicey' Landé; Advice by Christopher Willes.

Curator's Note

"Performing Performance examines materiality, power and the labor of the performer.  Ellen balances complex issues with the comedic as she questions representation of the female performing body in expanded notions of choreography with comprehension and hilarity." - Jenn Goodwin