Salvage Rituals

Tim Smith-Stewart | Jeffrey Azevedo

(SUVAIR) Vachon Production Residency: October 15- November 25, 2018

Wed October 17, 5pm Introductory Lecture for Students

November 14-16 rehearsals open to SU students, faculty, staff on a drop-in basis (times announced on Arts at SU Instagram)

Work-in-progress showing and reception to be announced in early November

 Tim Smith-Stewart and Jeffrey Azevedo on stage, showing the audience the book, The Revolution Will Not Be Funded: Beyond the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Salvage Rituals is an endurance-based performance that centers queer bodies dancing exhaustedly on a hexagon-shaped platform of piezoelectric tiles—their bodies and motion actively charging and powering the stage lights. Salvage Rituals weaves together poetic text, live electronic music, trance-like choreography, and large-scale intricately sandblasted glass panels. As our society moves toward an increasingly unstable future, this work constructs a meaningful communal ritual investigating what it takes to sustain our light; literally and spiritually. 


**This residency is made possible by the Pigott Endowment for the Arts, Seattle University SUVAIR Program and the 2018-2019 Artist-in-Residence Program at On the Boards. Salvage Rituals will be presented at On the Boards in the 2019-2020 season.

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About the Artists: Tim Smith-Stewart | Jeffrey Azevedo is a Seattle based artist duo creating contemporary art at the intersection of performance and installation. They are currently Artist-in-Residence at On the Boards where they are developing their latest project Salvage Rituals. Tim was recently a resident artist in the spring 2018 PICA Creative Exchange Lab cohort.

Tim and Jeffrey premiered Awaiting Oblivion—Temporary Solutions for surviving the dystopian future we find ourselves within at present at On the Boards in February 2017 and The Perpetual Insurrection of Claude Cahun at the Henry Art Gallery in October 2017. Awaiting Oblivion was recently presented at the TBA (Time Based Art) Festival in Portland in September 2018.

Twenty-minute selections of Awaiting Oblivion have been presented at: On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival 2015, Risk/Reward Festival, Portland, and Fresh Oysters Performance Research, Minneapolis. Tim and Jeffrey have presented multiple installations including their video/paper tapestry installation Queer City Lost at New Tomorrow, Erasure curated by the Lion’s Main Art Collective, and the Velocity Dance Center Big Bang. They also presented Stained glass in my replacement church at the 2014 Lofi Arts Festival. 

From 2011-2013 Tim & Jeffrey co-created The Eternal Glow Project—a four-part performance/installation which premiered work at The Seattle Center Next50 (The Eternal Glow of Electric Hearts), On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival 2013 (Ω<1), and Lofi Arts Festival at Smoke Farm 2013 (Less than red, more than violet).

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