The Life and Death of Fred Herko

The Life and Death of Fred Herko

  • Thursday, October 10, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 11, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday October 12, 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 15, 8:00 PM
  • Wednesday, October 16, 8:00 PM
  • Thursday, October 17, 8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 18, 8:00 PM
  • Saturday, October 19, 8:00 PM
  • Sunday, October 20, 8:00 PM
Dead End Studios

7 Fraser Ave #13
Toronto, Ontario


This is an interactive/moving performance. Once in the venue, audience members with accessibility needs and limited mobility will have the opportunity to sit. We encourage those with mobility issues to contact us in advance to organize access to the venue and ensure they have seating for the performance.

This performance utilizes strobe lighting and a fog machine.

Directed by Claire Burns / Written by Natalie Liconti / 60 min / Toronto Premiere


In 1964, at the age of 28, a queer dancer named Fred Herko jetéd out the window of his ex-lover’s apartment – naked, and high on speed. The Life and Death of Fred Herko is an interdisciplinary, site-specific performance that sheds light on a footnoted figure in queer history and examines the collateral damage of art.

Through striking sound design, movement and text the piece reimagines the dancer’s infamous last moments and seeks to find utopian potential in his tragic story.

The research and development of this piece has been generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council and the Canada Council for the Arts.

Suggested Dress Code: Party Glam

Director: Claire Burns
Writer: Natalie Liconti
Sound Design: Devon Bate
Lighting Design: Darah Miah
Production Management: Taylor Young
Set and Installation Design: James Knott
Stage Management: Kit Simmons
Irma Villafuerte: Choreographer
Performers: Oliver Price, Daniel Carter, Andrew Cheng and Sochi Fried
Special Thanks to Brian Quirt

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