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Toronto

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)

Exhibition Detail
they shoot horses
952 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G8
Canada


February 1st, 2013 - March 24th, 2013
Opening: 
February 8th, 2013 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
 
 they shoot horses, Phil CollinsPhil Collins, they shoot horses, 2004
© Courtesy of the artist & National Gallery of Canada
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Inspired by the Depression-era craze of dance marathons portrayed in both Horace McCoy’s 1935 novel and Sydney Pollack’s 1969 film adaptation They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, Phil Collins staged his own eight-hour dance marathon in Ramallah with nine Palestinian youths. With a soundtrack that features pop artists such as Diana Ross, Beyoncé, Joy Division and Olivia Newton John, this installation simulates the atmosphere of a nightclub, where the audience witnesses, and may even dance along with, the participants as they pass through states of enthusiasm, exhilaration, exhaustion and sheer determination.


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