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Make Banana Cry, Stephen Thompson + Andrew Tay © Richmond Lam

Make Banana Cry

Andrew Tay + Stephen Thompson

Provocative and unconventional creators Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson are at the helm of Make Banana Cry, a subversive runway featuring a parade of body politics prepared to trouble the Western gaze. Recklessly flirting with cultural clichés inside an immersive fake “exhibition” by visual artist Dominique Petrin, they critique and protest against stereotypes of “Asian-ness”.

In an attempt to shake off the weight of representation and fetishization, the two partners in crime open the doors to a destabilizing space meant to challenge assumptions. Make Banana Cry acts as a choreographic machine where performers confront the tension between their cultural identities and stereotypes. An irreverent happening which contemplates the problematics of “universal” western popular culture while drawing on the intersectional artistic backgrounds of each of the invited artists.

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About the artists

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Andrew Tay (Toronto)

A hybrid creator, the inaugural guest curator at the Centre de création O Vertigo and, as of recently, the artistic director of the Toronto Dance Theatre, Andrew Tay cofounded Wants&Needs Danse with Sasha Kleinplatz. Together, they curate the indispensable festive and creative happenings Short&Sweet and Piss in the Pool, which they produce and disseminate outside the usual circuits. 

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Stephen Thompson (Nice)

Visible at the FTA for many years, internationally recognized Stephen Thompson is a remarkable and provocative interdisciplinary artist. His collaborations and performative works are intersections of cultural politics, queerness and a vaste body of knowledge. 

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Media Coverage

“We need more of these kinds of performances as we aim to move away from stereotypes to create art that embodies the complexity of defining and claiming identity in a multicultural contemporary western society. (…) With Make Banana Cry, Tay, Thompson and their team tread carefully and put together an entertaining yet thought-provoking evening.”

Helen Simard, The Dance Current, 2019-04-19


“I believe that confronting cultural stereotypes allows us to better understand ourselves. These clichés are embedded in the society around us, and we are in dialogue with them whether we like it or not.”

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