Szuper Gallery at McKenzie Art Gallery, Canada

Ballet by Szuper Gallery
April 29 – August 28, 2011 at the MacKenzie Art Gallery
Exhibition Opening: Friday, April 29, 2011 at 7:30pm
Performance: Friday, May 6 at 8:00pm and Saturday, May 7 at 2:00pm

Curtain Razors 2011 is pleased to present it’s newest international creation –
BALLET by Szuper Gallery and Curtain Razors in collaboration with the Mackenzie Art Gallery.

Regina, SK – Szuper Gallery (Susanne Clausen and Pavlo Kerestey) 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 and crisis through an exhibition, a spectacular video installation, and performance that was originally inspired by Cold War instructional films for farmers. Through a blended choreography of farm labour and movement actions, 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 artistic director Michele Sereda of Curtain Razors, the MacKenzie Art Gallery exhibition will mark the Canadian premiere of this unconventional response to agricultural realities.

On May 6 and 7, 2011 a newly commissioned performance of Ballet will take place at the MacKenzie Art Gallery. Ballet is a rock opera performance that flirts with a posthuman conception of action, focusing on the border between human bodies and their outside. Set in a world askew with attempts and remnants of civilization it questions how the world of vibrant, edible matter might affect the way we live. The setting: a mystical landscape, a crash site, in the wild or in the rush of a blackout. Pulling apart the “ballet” of the food system in musical scenes and absurd stories a hysterical cabaret unfolds.

Imagine a three-piece band and an international performance art ensemble on an apocalyptic desert island, where a series of tableaus unfolds. The Ballet performance features Morgan Garneau, Jason Cawood, Blair Fornwald, John Hampton, Susanne Clausen, Pavlo Kerestey, Billy Hughes, Trent Mailander, Otis Young and Michele Sereda.

Tickets are $20 each or $15 for MacKenzie Art Gallery members. Student and group rates are available. Tickets are available at the Mackenzie Art Galley Gift shop. Reservations can be made by calling 306.584.4273 <tel:306.584.4273> . Seating is limited.

Media Contact
Carey Shaw, Curtain Razors Communications
306.584.4273 <tel:306.584.4273> | <>

The MacKenzie Art Gallery
3475 Albert Street
SK S4S 6X6

Ballet is produced by Szuper Gallery/Curtain Razors and presented by the MacKenzie Art Gallery and Curtain Razors. Curtain Razors gratefully acknowledges the support of Saskatchewan Arts Board, Regina Arts Commission, Szuper Gallery, MacKenzie Art Gallery, New Dance Horizons, University of Reading and the British Council.

On May 6, 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, $20 each, will be available at the Gallery Shop.

Produced by Szuper Gallery & Curtain Razors, presented by the MacKenzie Art Gallery with support of the British Council and University of Reading 

April 30 to August 28, 2011

Exhibition Opening: Friday, April 29, 7:30 pm, Free
Performances of Ballet: Friday, May 6 at 8 pm and Saturday, May 7 at 2 pm

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