world premiere

what we are saying

Ame Henderson/Public Recordings


About the Performance

Expanding upon findings from 300 Tapes and relay, Public Recordings asks: “What can we say about our future and how do we say it together?” Using language and movement to explore new perspectives of our world and each other, an assembly of performers responds to uncertainty, potential danger, and possibility in an open performance space.

Suggested age: all ages.

Presented in association with

About the company

Since 2003, widely-acclaimed Public Recordings has been supporting and promoting the works of dancemaker Ame Henderson and her collaborators. Public Recordings is recognized for its distinctive style that incorporates ideas and aesthetics from other disciplines and questions recognized performance models. Deeply committed to collaborative working structures as both an aesthetic interest and a political responsibility, the company continues to research and promote reciprocal engagement, inspiring new approaches to dance and cultivating critical discourse without abandoning humour and lightness.

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Series 8:08 Alternative Technique Class – what we are saying: Performance Encounter

Sunday, May 5, 2013 – 1-3pm

Participants will be invited into an immersive performance environment where Public Recordings’ collaborating artists will introduce the working principles and performance strategies from their newest work, what we are saying.

The workshop is open to all professional and pre-professional dance artists. Artist talk to follow.

Click here for registration info and complete details.

In Conversation: Ame Henderson and Johanna Householder

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 – 7pm

In anticipation of Ame Henderson’s new performance with Public Recordings entitled what we are saying, The Power Plant pairs this experimental choreographer with performance art pioneer Johanna Householder who will discuss the stakes of performance encounters that demand both openness and commitment. As a founder of the 7a*11d International Festival of Performance Art, Householder helped initiate the recent surge of interest in performative practice, while Henderson’s multidisciplinary collaborations evoke such precedents as happenings, constructed situations and social aesthetics. Together, they will draw on their own histories and current curiosities to offer each other questions and provocations regarding notions of synchronicity and togetherness as well as the borders of sound and sense, physical gesture and utterance, considering thought as dance and language as movement.

The Theatre Centre Pop-Up
1095 Queen Street West

what we are saying – Opening Night Reception

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 –

World Stage goes deeper to deliver a more in-depth performance experience. We invite you to join the World Stage team for food, drinks and discussion at our opening night reception. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket.

what we are saying – talkshow

Thursday, May 23, 2013 –

World Stage is committed to providing you with live performance of unparalleled quality. Part of that commitment includes exclusive opportunities to engage with the artists and performers involved with the work. Please stay around after the performance for an informative and engaging talkshow. Admission is free with the purchase of your ticket. Hosted by Jacob Korczynski.

About Jacob Korczynski:

Jacob Korczynski is an independent curator based in Toronto. A recent participant in the de Appel Curatorial Programme, he has curated projects for the Dunlop Art Gallery, Gallery TPW and the Dutch Art Institute, and his writing has appeared in Prefix Photo, C Magazine and Fillip. Currently, he is developing a research project for the Performance in Residence platform of If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Revolution and preparing the exhibition Surface Tension for presentation at Oakville Galleries this September.

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