Andrew Tay is a performer, choreographer, DJ and performance curator. In 2005 he co-founded Wants&Needs danse with Sasha Kleinplatz. Since then, the duo have produced the wildly popular dance events Short & Sweet and Piss in the Pool which take place in non-traditional venues throughout Montreal. Tay was awarded the DanceWEB scholarship (Impulstanz, Vienna), and was nominated for a Quebec Notables award for Arts&Culture. His work Fame Prayer / EATING received the Risk and Innovation award from the Summerworks Performance Festival Toronto (2016). His most recent work Make Banana Cry (co-authored with Stephen Thompson) has been presented at venues and festivals such as the M.A.I (Montreal) Fierce and Nottdance (UK) and will continue to tour in Europe in 2021. Tay was named the first Artistic Curator of the Centre de Création O Vertigo (CCOV) in Montreal and recently relocated to Toronto to become the Artistic Director of Toronto Dance Theatre. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices.
This livestreamed performance from Toronto-based artist Andrew Tay explores moving toward the future body. Resisting categorization, this is a performance of queer moments of reflection, transformation, dream, and perversion, offering the body as a landscape and making skin and flesh the site for magic, illusion, fantasy, horror, and desire.
A video from Andrew Tay explores moving toward the future body. The work is an extension of Tay’s livestreamed performance.
I want to take a moment to thank you and all involved in Performance Mix #34: Remotely Yours for your support. You were certainly under no obligation to turn the festival around so quickly or at all. Your team was incredibly communicative and helpful in the transition to a remote platform. My collaborators and I are grateful to have had the opportunity to make an offering and to share such a vibrant stage for experimental art making. Thank you.
– Cynthia McLaughlin
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