Re: Celebrating the Body
January 27 to June 3, 2018
Opening Celebration | Friday, January 26, 2018

This multidisciplinary project revisits the ground-breaking N.E. Thing Co. Ltd. exhibition Celebration of the Body (1976), featuring contributions by NETCO co-presidents Iain Baxter& and Ingrid Baxter, as well as an international contingent of invited artists. A reactivation rather than a historical reconstruction, the project probes the current relevance of NETCO’s deconstruction of cultural stereotypes of the body with a special focus on questions of ability and the development of a “soma-esthetic.” The exhibition is the most recent in a series of projects initiated by French curator Fabien Pinaroli that channel the original spirit and energy of the 1976 exhibition. In 2012, he produced exhibitions with Iain Baxter& at the Musée des Moulages in Lyon and CAP Saint-Fons (France) as well as conference-performances at University College London and Raven Row (UK). Like these previous iterations, 
Re: Celebrating the Body will include a diverse program of visual art, performance, video, dance, athletics, yoga, somatics and other body-based practices. Joining the curatorial team are Timothy Long, Head Curator at the MacKenzie Art Gallery, and Robin Poitras, Artistic Director of Regina’s acclaimed contemporary dance company New Dance Horizons, whose program will be based at the gallery as part of the residency series.

Artists include:

Kader Attia, Ingrid Baxter, Iain Baxter&, Bill Coleman, Compagnie Marie Chouinard, Hannah Dubois, Frédérick Gravel, KVM—Ju Hyun Lee & Ludovic Burel, Camille Llobet, Astrid Lloyd, La Machine à performer, Jeannie Mah, NDH/Rouge-gorge, N.E. Thing Co. Ltd., Emilie Parendeau, Robin Poitras, Edward Poitras, Prairie Dance Circuit, Rober Racine, jes sachse, Stream of Dance Festival, James Viveiros, Erwin Wurm, and special guests from the Museum of Antiquities, University of Saskatchewan.

Re: Celebrating the Body is a platform encompassing an exhibition, public and school programs, and dance residency organized by the MacKenzie Art Gallery and New Dance Horizons, presented with the support of Canada Council for the Arts, SaskCulture, Saskatchewan Arts Board, City of Regina, University of Regina, South Saskatchewan Community Foundation, Government of Canada, CanDance, Community Initiatives Fund, Dance Saskatchewan Inc., and Business for the Arts. Program partners include Le Conseil culturel fransaskois, Regina Musical Club, and Regina Symphony Orchestra. The MacKenzie and New Dance Horizons acknowledge and thank our members, donors, and volunteers.


N.E. Thing Co. Ltd.Information Sheet for Celebration of the Body, 1976, photographs mounted on paper, 111.8 x 111.8 cm, Photo courtesy Iain Baxter&.