Tonight at the Halifax Grammar School's Atlantic Street Campus (5750 Atlantic Street, 8pm sharp), you can take part in the conclusion of one of the most legendary basketball games to ever hit Halifax. The East Coast's Sobey Art Award nominee Lisa Lipton invites you to the Hoop Dreams Playoffs between the Bayside Jaguars and Deep Chaos, two rival teams that have been feuding in Lipton's multidisciplinary art performance project since last May.
If you passed through the Citadel High School gym on Nocturne, you would have seen some of the region's top ballers compete on the court while six drummers accompanied the rhymes of local hip-hop artists. Lipton says, "The game being played revolves around the rhythm of rivalries, each player contributing to both the reality and fiction of a localized championship, a heated moment within the project’s narrative, a time and place where tensions run high, while perceptions for taking the win become disrupted through the display of unconventional musicality."
Tonight's season closer will feature the drumming of Nancy Urich, Bianca Palmer, Hannah McGrath, Scott Grundy, Nick Dourado and Lipton with musical contributions by Real Eyez, Jody Upshaw, Josh Salter and Andrew Neville. Bayside Jaguars captain, Paul Doucette, will call the game, and Garnet Estabrooks acts as co-captain and recruiter. There is also a troupe of dancers at half-time, mascots, lights and sounds. It's going to be a night to rival all nights and the union of the most beautiful things in the world: basketball, music and art.
The series of games are elements of Lipton's incredibly complex film and art installations that correspond to her episodic feature-length film The Impossible Blue Rose, which obscures concepts like identity, anonymity, fiction and non-fiction, all shrouded in allusions to landmark 90s-teen hit, Saved By The Bell. Spectators are asked to flood their social media channels (Instagram/Facebook) using the hashtag #greysville to further confuse our sense of reality.
Lipton's Sobey Art Award exhibition is on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia until January; the $50,000 award winner will be announced tomorrow night at the Sobey Art Award Gala. Three cheers for Lipton. She is truly one of the most intricate and innovative contemporary artists working in Canada (and Hawaii) today. I'm rooting for Chaos.