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In 1972, interdisciplinary artist Peter Dudar and dancer/choreographer Lily Eng created the performance art partnership Missing Associates. Previously, collaborations between visual artists and dancers had usually been one-off. Eng and Dudar’s ongoing partnership produced a deeper, unique hybrid of conceptual art, innovative dance and experimental film.

Missing Associates were prime movers of the first wave of Toronto performance art and experimental dance in the 1970s, a period of enhanced creativity and social dynamism. They racked up an unprecedented 13 programs at Toronto’s A Space Gallery and another 12 at 15 Dance Lab, while also showing locally in venues such as The Art Gallery of Ontario and CEAC (Centre for Experimental Art and Communication).

Missing Associates showed coast to coast in North America, ranging from New York on the east coast to Vancouver on the west. And at a time when Europe was split by a physical and cultural “iron curtain”, Missing Associates tapped into the common language of conceptual and performance art, showing in international venues on both sides of that divide. In cities such as London, Brussels, Antwerp, Kassel, Düsseldorf, Vienna, Ferrara, Milan, Zagreb, Belgrade and Warsaw, Eng and Dudar established a vital, ongoing presence for Canadian performance art within the international scene.

Centro Experimenta, Naples (Esperienze di Contestualita’ Sociale Dell’Area Post-Artistica) “The Canadian group Missing Associates, directed by Lily Eng and Peter Dudar, are on the cutting edge of performance art.” Esperienze a confronto, Il Diario di Napoli, Italia, 1980

Included with the MISSING ASSOCIATES COLLECTION’s 19 videos is the eBook MISSING ASSOCIATES: LILY ENG AND PETER DUDAR, a photo autobiography of the partnership (iBook and PDF formats, 129 pages) documenting Missing Associates’ origin in Canada and subsequent progression throughout the Americas and Europe. Also included is the MISSING ASSOCIATES SLIDESHOW, consisting of high quality images (PDF format, 438 pages) spanning their entire partnership.

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