In 2010, at the invitation of artist Robert Houle, Ace travelled to Paris, France and undertook four site-specific dance performances honouring the Anishinaabe dance troupe lead by Maungwaudaus (George Henry), whom in 1844 performed in George Catlin’s traveling portrait gallery exhibition. Under special commission by the Ottawa Art Gallery, Shelley Niro’s new film short entitled Homage to Four in Paris (edited by Katharine Asals and camera by Jeff Sterne) documents Ace’s Reparative Act performances in Paris in 2010. The film is included in the Ottawa Art Gallery’s inaugural exhibition We’ll All Become Stories and is now available for on-line viewing on the OAG website. A shorter version of Ace’s dance performances is also included in Shelley Niro’s award-winning film Robert’s Paintings, chronicling the life and career of artist Robert Houle. Ace’s essay, A Reparative Act, written for Houle’s exhibition catalogue from the perspective of a dancer, won the Ontario Association of Art Gallery’s Curatorial Writing Award for 2012.
Click here to view the Video page. Click on “Artist Videos” and scroll down the video list to Homage to Four in Paris.
Downloadable Poster of Reparative Act talk at History Department at Carleton University, October 2013