The Things I Carry

A Theatre Passe Muraille and Dancemakers Presentation of Battery Opera Performance


Developed as a part of the Migrant Bodies Project – an E.U. sponsored choreographic program aimed at opening civic and artistic reflections on migration – The Things I Carry is a performance/storytelling hybrid about what happens as people spread across our planet, both voluntarily and involuntarily. Part ceremony. Part conference. Part confessional.



Photo by Thum Chia Chieh 

Venue: Site-Specific (Scadding Court Community Centre,  707 Dundas St W)

Running Time: 60 minutes

Content Warnings: NA


Concept, Choreography and Performance: Lee Su-Feh


Concept, Choreography and Performance: Lee Su-Feh
Dramaturgy: Alessandro Sciarroni
Text: Lee Su-Feh, with excerpts from On A Plane, by Chris Bose
Sound Design: Junhong McIntosh-Lee, Lee Su-Feh
Song: Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

battery opera performance supports the work and projects of Lee Su-Feh and David McIntosh.

battery opera performance produces and initiates

  • original performance works
  • multi-disciplinary actions and practice

Interrogating the contemporary body as a site of intersecting histories and habits, these projects take place in the theatre, on the streets, in hotel rooms and in print; across Canada and internationally.

battery opera performance works and plays on the unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh peoples.

To find out more about battery opera check out their website here

Our programming is multiplicitous and diverse: we develop and deliver a range of activities designed to be flexible, responsive, and valuable for artists working today. All of our programming falls under one of three categories, outlined below. 


Our rotating roster of Resident Artists are the core artists at Dancemakers. Our primary residency program offers a three-year fully funded residency, of up to seven weeks a year of studio time, during which time artists bring a new work to production. This residency is curated through research and does not have an open call. We also host a two-year Emerging Artist in Residence, a two-week Technical/Production residency, and Le Switch and Toronto>Montreal Exchange Program. All of these residencies are curated through an open Call.

 We program ancillary events including outreach, education, presentation opportunities, and professional development. These events are concomitant to the residency activities, often supporting or orbiting the works of the Resident Artists, and are aimed at providing opportunities for a wider field of practitioners. Current activities in this category include the Dance Writers in Residence Program, our Adult Beginner Contemporary Dance Classes, our partnership with the Toronto Dance Community Love-In, and others.


We present work by local and non-local artists at Dancemakers outside of our roster of artists and they are presented as full-scale, full-length works, double bills, or short works on mixed bills, creating opportunities for cross-pollenation with our Resident Artists, the dance and art communities in Toronto, and the public around these events; these programs include our successful FLOWCHART, a series of multidisciplinary performance.

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