The Goldberg Variations

Clayton Lee

The Goldberg Variations
Clayton Lee

Salle Intime, Prospero
45min, EN

June 2, 9pm
June 3, 4pm and 7pm

18+ y.o.
Please note that a living snake will be present at this performance on June 2 (9pm) and June 3 (4pm). If you need more information, please write to .

Using deadpan humour, generosity and a low-vibrating mischievousness to facilitate and indulge the “what-ifs” of the live encounter, this iterative research project freely references and entangles queer diasporic sexuality and aesthetics with classical music (Johann Sebastian Bach) and professional wrestling (Bill Goldberg).

Clayton Lee is a Toronto-based performance artist and curator. Performances include (◕‿◕✿) at The Performance Arcade (Wellington, New Zealand) and EXPERIMENTICA (Cardiff, Wales); Ways of Being, co-created with Michael Rubenfeld (FOLDA, The Kick and Push Festival, Canada); and Duets for Beginners (SummerWorks, Canada). He is currently the Rhubarb Festival Director at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre and the Curatorial Associate at the Luminato Festival. He is one of the 2023 Art Gallery of Ontario x RBC Artists in residence.

Creation + performance
Clayton Lee

Lighting design
Frank Donato

Collaboration + performance
Marc-Andre Boulanger AKA The Beast King FTM
Bjorg Haaken
Mark Vallant

Costume Fabrication and Design Collaboration
Piper Wilkinson-Wingham


Outside Eyes
Francesco Gagliardi

With the support of
Ontario Arts Council