Performance (Untitled)

Tom Dean

1974, 18:30 minutes, B&W


The performance consists of three integral parts: A duet from the seduction scene of the opera Don Giovanni sung with chanteuse/artist Marshalore, a solo tap dance to the music of "School Days" by six girls in costumes painted by Dean, and a three-round boxing match. The production establishes an altered relationship to the event, the camera recording Dean in close proximity and witnessing as well as the awakening and conflicted response of the audience as an apparently light-hearted performance assumes a darker colouring. The performance was recorded live at the Musée des art contemporains, in Montreal, Canada, and subsequently edited by Dean from footage of both performance and rehearsal.

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