June, 1987. This was an environmental installation/performance work created by ceramic artist Jeannie McRight and choreographer/composer Peter Chin. McRight's 40-foot diameter sculpture was called Ad Infinitum; it was designed to remain on the site on which it was installed for unlimited amount of time, so that the 'archaeological objects' (clay pieces created by the artist) it contained would eventually sink into the landscape under the impact of weather and time. Chin's performance was Circle of Fire, a ritualistic dance that culminated in the firing of McRight's clay objects (this was their final treatment) and then putting out the fire with water carried to it from the nearby Otonabee River. Circle of Fire was performed by professional dancers (including Allen Kaeja - naked and walking on water at 3:19! - Katherine Duncanson and Philip Drube) and musicians from Toronto, together with local community volunteers.
McRight and Chin were commissioned to create this collaborative piece by Artspace (Peterborough's artist-run centre) and the Association of National Non-Profit Artists Centres (ANNPAC), Canada's national organization of artist-run centres, for presentation at its 1987 annual general meeting held in Peterborough, Ontario.
The work was performed in a field on the northern edge of Trent University in Peterborough. While the performance of the work was a great success, McRight's vision was not fully realized, as the owners of the site did not allow the work to remain there indefinitely.
This video, documenting parts of the creative process and the finished product, was made by PowerHouse Digital Video.