Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH: emerging performance projects
TORONTO, ON (Jan. 7, 2010) – Harbourfront Centre is thrilled to launch the seventh season of HATCH: emerging performance projects with an imaginative and bold new performance by one of Toronto’s most original artists. Everything I’ve Got is Jess Dobkin’s latest performance art work in progress – a raw and poignant examination of creativity and temporality where the artist offers up the entirety of her collection of artistic ideas. With a distinctive visual language and cunning sex politics, Dobkin scrutinizes her art practice as she candidly confronts her own mortality.
Dobkin weaves an intimate autobiographic narrative through language, gesture and technology in a multidisciplinary practice that intersects performance art, theatre and installation. Using her body as map and material, she presents objects and ideas in surprising and unconventional ways. Whether perched atop a steamer trunk covered in tiny mirrors, positioned upside down with a mannequin head animated between her legs, or covering her naked body in paint, Dobkin becomes a human canvas, blurring the lines between performer and performance, between an idea and its staging. She is not out to shock or alienate her audience, but is instead inspired by the possibility of intimate engagement. Dobkin is driven to connect and communicate with an audience through the performance of her own vulnerability.
“HATCH is providing me the opportunity to take even more risks in my work,” said Dobkin. “With an outstanding team of artistic collaborators and creative use of technology, I am taking my practice to whole new level. My work has always been about taking risks and pushing boundaries, but this project goes so much further.”
Harbourfront Centre is pleased to present Everything I’ve Got, by Jess Dobkin in the Studio Theatre on Jan. 31, 4 p.m. Tickets are $12 or $10 for students, seniors and arts workers and are available by phone at 416-973-4000 or through www.harbourfrontcentre.com/hatch. The performance will be followed by an artist Q & A and reception.
Everything I’ve Got was first workshopped at Buddies In Bad Times Theatre in Toronto and again at Dixon Place in New York City. With support from Harbourfront Centre’s HATCH residency program and the Canada Council, the project has advanced to a longer format production with an accomplished team of creative collaborators, including Stephen Lawson of 2boys.tv, Sherri Hay, Richard Feren and Laird MacDonald. The HATCH presentation offers a special opportunity to experience the work in development and participate in a Q & A that includes the collaborative team.
Jess Dobkin’s performances, artist’s talks and workshops are presented at museums, galleries, theatres and universities around the world. Her work has toured internationally, and she has performed, lectured and conducted performance art workshops in the U.S., Canada, Germany, Belgium, and the U.K. Her Lactation Station Breast Milk Bar received international audience and media acclaim and was named in the “Top 10 Performances of 2006” by NOW Magazine. She was named “Best Performance Artist” by both NOW Magazine and Xtra Magazine. She teaches Performance Art at the Ontario College of Art & Design and serves on the University of Toronto/Sheridan College Art and Art History Program Advisory Committee.
Everything I’ve Got will next be presented at the Rhubarb Festival in February 2010 and at the Edgy Women Festival in Montreal in March 2010. For more information about Jess Dobkin, visit www.jessdobkin.com
Everything I’ve Got
A Performance by Jess Dobkin
Created in collaboration with Stephen Lawson, Director; Laura Baxter, Production Manager; Sherri Hay, Production Designer; Richard Feren, Composition and Sound Designer; and Laird MacDonald, Lighting Designer.
About HATCH: emerging performance projects at Harbourfront Centre
Entering its seventh year, the HATCH residency and mentorship programme is a key initiative in Harbourfront Centre’s mission to develop local artists and their unique practices.
The HATCH mentorship provides resources and professional assistance to a new generation of engaging and innovative contemporary artists to reach their next career stage with a comprehensive understanding of process and challenges that artists must embrace.
The HATCH residency package includes one week rent-free in the Studio Theatre, technical and production assistance, box office backing and administrative assistance, marketing and media relations support and workshops, and professional development assistance.