8 August 2021

Piano Burning


Sunday 08/08 8:00


Mountain View Cemetery

5455 Fraser St.
Vancouver BC

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.


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Evan Ducharme
Orene Askew
Russell Wallace
Sempúlyan Gonzales
Ralph Escamillan
Rachel Kiyo Iwaasa

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