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Occurs on Friday February 17 2017

Approximate running time: 1 hour

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

Event Notes

× Silver & Gold combines film, live performance, and original costumes into a hyrbid work that Nao Bustamante proclaims a "filmformance". In this filmformance, Bustamante evokes the muse of legendary filmmaker Jack Smith and his tribute to 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez in a magical and joyfully twisted exploration of race, glamour, sexuality, and the silver screen.

The performance alternates between action and live narration of a film projection. In the film, inspired by iconic underground filmmaker Jack Smith, Bustamante interprets Smith's muse: 1940s Dominican movie starlet Maria Montez. Honing-in on Smith's interest in Hollywood's obsession with filmic reproduction of the exotic, Bustamante embodies Miss Montez. Using video, live voiceover, audience interaction, and the body as a source of backdrop, narrative, and emotion, she takes the spectator on a bizarre and radical journey as she discovers a new bejeweled body part, which is at once her curse and oracle. This performance is the fruit of a commission by the LIVE FILM/ Jack Smith festival, co-organized by Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art and Hebbel-am-Ufer Theater (HAU) in Berlin.

Silver & Gold by Nao Bustamante is part of the third and final installment of FADO’s year-long epic MONOMYTHS series. Other works include: Rise and Fall by Serena Lee (MONOMYTHS: Stage 10, Theatre Centre, February 15); 2894: Refusal of MONOMYTHs by claude wittmann (MONOMYTHS: Stage 11, Theatre Centre, February 16), 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).

ABOUT NAO BUSTAMANTE

Nao Bustamante is an internationally known artist, originally from the San Joaquin Valley of California; cutting her teeth as an artist in the San Francisco "Art Scene" between 1984-2001. Bustamante’s at times precarious and radically vulnerable work encompasses performance art, video installation, visual art, filmmaking, and writing. Bustamante has presented in Galleries, Museums, Universities and underground sites all around the world. She has exhibited, among other locales, at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the New York Museum of Modern Arts, Sundance 2008, 2010, and the Kiasma Museum of Helsinki. Her movies have been shown at venues and festivals across the globe, including OUTFEST – Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, MIX New York City, MIX Brasil, and the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival. Bustamante is popularly known for her appearance in the Bravo Network television show A Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, where she made her mark as a messy and complex character.

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