Missing Associates

Missing Associates was the performance art partnership formed in the early 1970s by interdisciplinary artist Peter Dudar and dancer/choreographer Lily Eng. Previously, collaborations between visual artists and dancers had usually been one-off. Eng and Dudar’s ongoing partnership produced a deeper, unique hybrid of conceptual art, innovative dance and experimental film.

Missing Associates were prime movers of the first wave of Toronto performance art and experimental dance in the 1970s, a period of enhanced creativity and social dynamism. They racked up an unprecedented 13 programs at Toronto's A Space Gallery and another 12 at 15 Dance Lab, while also showing locally in venues such as The Art Gallery of Ontario and CEAC (Centre for Experimental Art and Communication).

They showed coast to coast in North America, ranging from New York on the east coast to Vancouver on the west. And at a time when Europe was split by a physical and cultural "iron curtain", Missing Associates tapped into the common languages of conceptual and performance art, showing in international venues on both sides of that divide. In cities such as London, Brussels, Kassel, Vienna, Milan, Zagreb and Warsaw, Eng and Dudar established a vital, ongoing presence for Canadian performance art within the international scene.

Artist Code: 1068


A Space 25th Anniversary Project

1996, 20:47 minutes, 1996, No language


1985, 05:35 minutes, Colour, No language


1982, 16:18 minutes, Colour, English

Dance of Terror

1978, 08:15 minutes, Colour, No language

Penetrated M+F

1977, 12:45 minutes, Colour, No language

Lily Eng, Solo Improvisation, Documenta 6

1977, 12:27 minutes, B&W, No language

Crash Points 2

1977, 10:26 minutes, B&W, No language

Crash Points 3

1976, 10:55 minutes, B&W, No language

Crash Points 1

1976, 19:01 minutes, B&W, No language

Spreading the Space Thinly

1976, 15:01 minutes, Colour, No language

Spreading the Space Thinly

1976, 15:01 minutes, Colour, No language

Wall To Floor Exercise

1975, 18:06 minutes, B&W, No language


1975, 24:38 minutes, B&W, No language

Running In O&R

1975, 21:00 minutes, B&W, No language

Hitting It Sideways

1975, 10:24 minutes, B&W, No language

Walking Away 2

1974, 05:05 minutes, Colour, Silent

Establishing Equal Grounds for Mutual Support

1974, 03:46 minutes, Colour and B&W, English

Constant and Repeating Elements/Random or Changing Elements

1974, 04:57 minutes, Colour and B&W, English

I Already Said That

1974, 13:02 minutes, B&W, English