Szuper Gallery (Susanne Clausen and Pavlo Keresty) are back in Regina with a follow-up to their highly successful project The Extras (2008). Ballet brings into focus current anxieties around food production through an exhibition, video installation and performance that was originally inspired by Cold War instructional films for farmers. Through a blended choreography of farm labour and dance movement, the London-based duo dissolves the neat separation of rural and urban—the "ballet" on which the world food system depends.
Originally developed for the Museum of English Rural Life in Reading, England with the participation of Michele Sereda (Curtain Razors), the MacKenzie exhibition will mark the Canadian premiere for this unconventional response to agricultural realities.
On May 6 and 7, 2011 an exciting performance of Ballet with Michele Sereda of Curtain Razors and Susanne Clausen and Pavlo Keresty of Szuper Gallery will take place at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Imagine a three-piece band and a group of performers on a cinematic apocalyptic fairytale set who pull apart the “ballet” of the food system in the tradition of a cabaret. Tickets are $20 / $15 for Members, and are available at the Gallery Shop.
Produced by Szuper Gallery / Curtain Razors and presented by the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Curtain Razors with the support of the British Council and the University of Reading.
Image: video still from Ballet, 2009. Courtesy of Szuper Gallery.