Taking to the Streets curated by Barbara FischerDream Variations, 2017
In search of revival, the visitor will find a contemplative, meditative, and generative space for rest with cots, blankets, and audio,- offering time for dreaming and imagine other worlds.
Performances presented with the collaboration of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music
If taking to the streets has worn you out, if your feet will bear no more, and if you are looking for a moment of repose and recuperation, drop into the Music Faculty’s building. Hosts will guide visitors to find a quiet place amongst rows of cots to lie down and rest. The pillows offering cover and comfort have been individually prepared by newly arrived refugee women, in collaboration with the Toronto-based chapter of “Mes Amis Canada / Darzee,” a social enterprise dedicated to helping newcomers develop their sewing skills and become part of a new community. The gently lit room is filled by individual or multiple voices, improvising sounds in unison, harmony, and also separation; they invite reverie, memories, and repose from which new dreams might emerge. Extending the gesture of hospitality and invitation into a sphere of trust, the quiet space suggests forms of exchange between host and guest, quietly countering oppressive hierarchies and perhaps generating empathy, recognition and new social bonds.
Suitable for all ages
University of Toronto, Faculty of Music, Edward Johnson Building
80 Queens Park
This project is indoors.