Coming to The Theatre Centre July 20-25 @ 8pm…
Miss Toronto Gets a Life_in Parkdale
An exciting site-specific multi-media performance
on hijacking the history of beauty pageants in Toronto
Site-specific: Our departure point is a mural of the first winner of the Miss Toronto Beauty Pageant in 1926 that is painted on the west wall of the Rhino Bar & Grill. Parkdale village, including Queen St. W and Sunnyside Pavilion where the Miss Toronto Beauty Pageant took place, are important sites for our production.
Multi-media: Miss Toronto employs a dramaturgy that reflects not only the history of beauty concepts but also media history. We believe that media helps shape constructions of beauty. Each performance segment aesthetically follows the dramaturgy of a specific media format: silent film, radio show and puppetry, television cooking show, slide show, television infomercial, mockumentary and live video stalking.
Re-imagining the history of Miss Toronto: Our project recuperates the systematic exclusions of women’s contributions to society, to challenge limited constructions of gender, and interrogate the concept of beauty and its regulation over the female body.