Join Capitalism, Sex, and Magic artists Andrew Tay (Summoning Aesthetics) and Eroca Nicols (...Truthteller...) in conversation as they talk about their practices, discuss the queer arts ecology and debate the differences between the cities where they live and work. Rigorous thinkers and notable personalities, expect a fiery discussion about art, life and the universe. 

This discussion will be moderated by Brendan Healy, an award-winning director and current Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times

ABOUT Andrew Tay

Photo by Szuga Szu.

Photo by Szuga Szu.

After attending Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts in Windsor, Ontario, Andrew Tay completed his BFA in contemporary dance at Concordia University. He has presented his work at venues and festivals throughout Canada, New York and Europe. His work has appeared in films, installations and multi media projects for companies such as Moment Factory, Bravo! and Dpt.

In 2005, Andrew co-founded (with collaborator Sasha Kleinplatz) the company Wants&Needs Danse. Since then the company has produced the wildly popular dance events Piss in the Pool, Short&Sweet and Involved in Montreal. In June 2012, the duo choreographed the Cirque du Soleil show Les Frontieres de Pixels and were nominated for a Quebec Notables award in the Arts & Culture category.

Andrew was awarded the Dance WEB scholarship in May 2012 (ImPulsTanz Festival, Vienna). In 2013, he participated in the Rencontres internationales de jeunes créateurs et critiques des arts de la scène professionnels (Festival TransAmériques, Montreal). He was also selected to participate in 8 Days, an Intergenerational meeting of dance artists from across Canada organized by the company Public Recordings. In June 2014, he took part in the Copycat Academy (Luminato Festival, Toronto) organized by Hannah Hurtzig of the Mobile Academy. He currently sits on the board of directors representing dance for ELAN (English Language Artist Network), and on the administrative council of Le Regroupement Québécois de la Danse

About Eroca Nicols 

Photo by Carmichael Jones.

Photo by Carmichael Jones.

After earning her Honors BFA in Film/Video/Performance and Sculpture from California College of the Arts (San Francisco, CA), Eroca Nicols’ artistic practice shifted to the body. She studied in professional programs in Canada at both Ballet Creole and The School of Toronto Dance Theatre before pursuing further training in functionally based and improvisational forms. She is currently a Toronto-based dance artist, curator and educator. Her company, Lady Janitor, has presented work in Canada, Europe, and the UK. Eroca has performed with Matthew Smith, Andrea Nann, Les Imprudanses, Francesca Pedulla and is co-founder of the arts advocacy and professional training provider, the Toronto Dance Community Love-In.

Eroca’s commitment to community based arts engagement and radical political redefinition through artmaking has led her to create platforms for presenting both her own work and the work of fellow emerging artists — DIMBY (Dance In My BackYard) and Badass Dance Fun (a mini festival at Toronto's Harbourfront Centre) are among these projects, as is the Love-In. Eroca teaches partnering and contemporary dance including workshops in UK, Europe (recently ImPulsTanz Festival with Matthew Smith) and North America (recently Dance Exchange). 

About Brendan Healy

Brendan Healy, Artistic Director, Buddies in Bad Times.

Brendan Healy, Artistic Director, Buddies in Bad Times.

Brendan Healy is an award-winning director and currently the Artistic Director of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. He has established himself as a central figure in the city’s theatre scene and his work has been presented across the country. Brendan is a graduate of the National Theatre School’s Directing Program and has trained extensively with one of the pioneers of the American avant-garde Anne Bogart and the SITI Company.



60 minutes


Saturday, May 9 | 6:30 pm


Dancemakers, Studio 314
9 Trinity Street, 3rd Floor
Toronto, ON M5A 3C4
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