WORKING CONDITIONS: Curated by JOHN CAFFERY
September 22 / One Night Only / 8PM to 2AM
Working Conditions invites participants to experience ways in which labour systems can increase sustainability, health, and wellness of workers through restorative practices. The project uses Massage Therapy and a combination of Burlesque and GoGo Dancing to consider the conditions that apply to those working where sexual relations may be part of the requirements of the job. Working Conditions invites participants to dance alongside hired dancers who are performing for those giving and receiving massages. After dancing the participants are invited to receive a neck and shoulder massage alongside other dancers. Working Conditions creates a cycle of labour wherein dancers are restored by the benefits of the massage and the Massage Therapists are able to touch participants in an environment that is safe and secure as well as fun and playful due to the entertainment from the dancers. The project asks participants to reflect on the changing conditions for workers in Canada and to reflect specifically on what would help individuals working within the sex trade to live and work with safety and dignity.