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jes sachse and Alice Sheppard, 2015

Live Choreography: jes sachse and Alice Sheppard

Thu July 05, 2018 6:30PM - 7:30PM

Part of the Community Arts Space: Recent Histories


In support of jes sachse’s I wanna dance with some body, British-born dancer Alice Sheppard collaborates with sachse for a live choreographic work. Chair and non-chair users respectively, Sheppard and sachse will explore how mobility is fundamental to public spaces and civic life.

Performance accessibility: This program is a 35-minute performance that begins with remarks in the third floor Terrace Room, which is accessible via an elevator. At 7:10 pm, the performance will move down to the lobby through three sets of stairs, then to the outdoor ramp on the Front Plaza at 7:25 pm. Guests will have the options of following the performance down the stairs, meeting the performers in the lobby via the elevator, or watching the remainder of the performance from a balcony in the Terrace Room. Please note that this is a non-traditional dance piece and guests will have options of sitting, standing, or kneeling throughout the performance. Accessible seating is available in the Terrace Room. The Gardiner Museum is an accessible venue with a ramp from the street leading up to the main lobby entrance. The entrance is accessible via two sets of double doors with an access button. The third floor is accessible via an elevator. Accessible restrooms are available on the second and third floors. Third floor washrooms are also gender neutral. If you have questions about access, please contact Humboldt Magnussen at humboldt@gardinermuseum.com or 416.586.5074.

About I wanna dance with some body 

Local artist and curator jes sachse addresses the negotiation of bodies moving in public/private space with a series of outdoor sculptures.

Reflecting on how bodies interact with the architecture of access, jes sachse’s I wanna dance with some body considers both the expressive and radical possibilities of the incline plane.

By envisioning ramps as more than the ubiquitous objects of universal design, this chorus of three, executed on an industrial scale, do not function in their typical modality. Their soaring angles challenge small, unnoticeable retro-fitted solutions at the back and side entrances of public buildings. Here, the negotiations of moving bodies rely less on building codes, and act rather as a site for conversation and individual bodily experiences.

About the Community Arts Space: Recent Histories

Inspired by the transformative aspects of ceramics, both real and metaphorical, the Community Arts Space is the Gardiner’s incubator for arts-based community projects. In collaboration with local artists, designers, and collectives, the Museum will mount five public projects that examine how cultural knowledge is passed on or performed, and the role of a museum in cultivating the so-called lived and living memory. Learn more

Presented by

Community Partners


The 519 is committed to the health, happiness, and full participation of the LGBTQ2S community. A City of Toronto agency and a registered charity with an innovative model of Service, Space and Leadership, The 519 strives to make a real difference in people’s lives while working to promote inclusion, understanding, and respect.

In 2017, The 519 provided in-kind space and resources for artistic workshops in support of the development of two process-driven projects, NU_FORuMS and Collecting Personal Archives. For Community Arts Space 2018, The 519 will again provide workshop space for a process-driven project, supporting the delivery of knowledge and skill-sharing serving the LGBTQ2S community in Toronto and beyond.

Akin Collective is a Toronto-based arts organization that provides affordable studio space as well as arts-based programming through its sister non-profit organization, Akin Projects. Akin provides space to nearly 250 visual artists, designers, and creatives in studios that maintain a friendly and inspiring atmosphere where people can work on creative endeavors and entrepreneurial undertakings of all kinds. Akin builds community through monthly art critiques, free or low-cost workshops, open studio events, gallery tours, exhibitions, as well as various other projects. During the Community Arts Space’s inaugural 2016 cycle, Akin Projects mounted Place/Setting, an exhibition hall project delivering all-ages clay-making workshops and community events. For Community Arts Space 2018, Akin will provide six months of free studio time at one of its studios, as well as kiln firing access.

For 25 years, Art Starts programs have benefited thousands of people living in marginalized Toronto neighbourhoods by providing a safe, supportive and inclusive environment for self-expression and creative collaboration. They afford opportunities for vulnerable people of all ages to contribute to the creative ecology of their neighbourhoods, using the arts to help end the negative cycles associated with marginalization and poverty.

Programming Partners

Angry Asian Feminist Gang

Asian Community AIDS Services

Invisible Footprints

Margin of Eras Gallery

Rice Roll Productions

Titiesg Wîcinímintôwak // Bluejays Dancing Together Collective


Header: jes sachse and Alice Sheppard, 2015