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Occurs on Wednesday February 15 2017

Approximate running time: 1 hour


BMO Incubator for Live Arts
1115 Queen Street West
Toronto ON M6J 3P4

Event Notes

× Rise and Fall is a performance and collective exercise on the desire for inevitability, on how the return is narrated. A mutant reading group: we will create a model by weighing things–thoughts, images, and otherwise.

The first part is called Exposition.

Here, the key idea is introduced, the character established, giving us the main melodic line, the voice to follow. We set out along the path of its making.

The second part is called Development.

Here, we find ourselves getting lost, having followed the voice, the key idea, as it veers off into unpredictable territory: shadowy undergrowth, tangled density, change to a minor key, etc. A narrative device to create tension and interest, verging on dissolution.

The third part is called Recapitulation.
Here, we have regained our orientation and found our footing in the familiar. The compounded tension yields the reward of resolution, now that we have cleared the unknown and are following the path that, we expect, will take us home.

We will not call it progress. How to describe the movement?

Rise and Fall by Serena Lee is part of the third and final installment of FADO’s year-long epic MONOMYTHS series. Other works include: 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann (MONOMYTHS: Stage 11, Theatre Centre, February 16), Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante (MONOMYTHS: Stage 12, Theatre Centre, February 17), Staceyann Chin (MONOMYTHS: Stage 13, Rhubarb Festival @ Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, February 18) and CRONE by Tanya Mars (MONOMYTHS: Stage 14, Theatre Centre, February 19).


Serena Lee is an artist and researcher from Toronto. Layering forms, she maps power, perception, and belonging through polyphonic models. Serena practices, presents, facilitates, and collaborates internationally; she works in education and holds an MFA from the Piet Zwart Institute in the Netherlands and an Associate Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music.

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