A reinterpretation of Annea Lockwood's conceptual classic, Piano Burning, in which the fire that engulfs the piano (the peak achievement of European Industrialist Culture) is reframed as a metaphor for the crucible of our striving toward decolonization.
SD Holman, Artistic Director of Queer Arts Festival, and Margo Kane, Artistic Director of Full Circle First Nations Performance curate a newly commissioned piece by Lil’wat composer Russell Wallace and a fireproof red ballgown created by Métis designer Evan Ducharme.
Annea Lockwood’s Piano Burning Score (1968 London);
Set upright piano (not a grand) in an open space with the lid closed.
Spill a little lighter fluid on a twist of paper and place inside, near the pedals.
Light it. Balloons may be stapled to the piano.
Play whatever pleases you for as long as you can.