Each year Montréal Danse offers five captivating and
convivial conferences, open to everyone, as part of its Choreographic Research
Workshop: this year a movement workshop by Larry Lavender on Monday, a
conference by Jacob Wren on Tuesday, an exploration of dance films by Philip
Szporer on Wednesday, an encounter with Lynda Gaudreau on Friday... and on
Thursday the first edition of an artistic “speed dating” event (free!). Discover the program and join in! Share the event on Facebook!
Monday Dec 15 ||| MOMENTS OF MOVING
By Larry Lavender, Professor of Dance, UNC Greensboro
Immerse in a personal movement journey while merging with others on
similar journeys. Experience Existing with others … Making new choices …
Exploring body freedoms in this discussion/movement workshop.
previous experience needed, and open to all!
Tuesday Dec 16 ||| THE PARADOXES OF PERFORMING YOURSELF
By Jacob Wren, Author, co-Artistic Director of PME-ART
What does it mean to stand on stage, in front of other people, without a
character to hide behind or a chorus-structure to hide within? What
might this question suggest to us about the nature of performance? Might
there even be a political aspect to it?
Wednesday, Dec 17 ||| CHALLENGING VISUAL PERCEPTIONS AND SPECTATORSHIP
By Philip Szporer, Writer, Filmmaker, Lecturer
Through a series of dance films ("Lost Action: Trace", "Leaning on a
Horse Asking for Directions", "Inquiry Into Time, Perception and
Corpoeality"), a reflexion upon our relationship to the screen, upon the
position and possible motion of the spectator in front of the moving
Thursday, Dec 18 ||| SPEED DATING : ARTISTIC INTENTIONS
First edition! “Speed dating” for creators to exchange on artistic
intentions - an open discussion among peers on why we create! Free for
anyone who wants to join!
Friday, Dec 19
||| "AIMING TO MISS"
By Lynda Gaudreau, Choreographer, Curator, Researcher
Motto of British Architect Cedric
Price : « If you try and fire in a fairground between moving ducks you are far
less interested in the size of the ducks as you are in the speed of them.
You’re still watching the target. You’re aiming to miss. » The artistic
creation will be considered from the perspective of failure, recklessness, in
an attempt to erase all forms for the benefit of playfulness, pleasure and eccentricity.
INFO| It all takes place
at L’Agora de la danse, Dec 15-19, 9:30 to 11am. $5 per conference | free on
Thursday. Thanks for booking in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. Buy your
tickets before each conference (540 rue Cherrier, Montreal / Sherbrooke metro
THE RESEARCH WORKSHOP | It’s a lab for
creation, exploration, freedom for 4 selected choreographers (Aurélie Pedron,
Raphaëlle Perreault, Sonya Stephan, Stephen Thompson), each one gets one week
of experimenting and sharing with two performers, under the supervision of
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS | The Choreographic
Research Workshop is possible thanks to the support of Département de danse de
l’UQAM and Emploi-Québec and thanks to the complicity of L’Agora de la danse.