February 1 – March 24, 2013
National Gallery of Canada at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art
Inspired by the Depression-era craze of dance marathons portrayed in both Horace McCoy’s 1935 novel and Sydney Pollack’s 1969 film adaptation of 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.
Organized by MOCCA and the National Gallery of Canada