REMIX CanDance Creative Exchange

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Bailey Eng by ManikMati

Saturday, September 23rd 2017, 6 p.m and Sunday September 24th 2017, 4 p.m. @ Studio 303
$10 to $20 sliding scale (cash, at the door)

Montreal-based choreographers Bailey Eng and Katia-Marie Germain will see their works Disintegration and Aube, respectively; remixed by Sarah Joy Stoker (St. John’s) and Amber Borotsik (Edmonton), over the course of a one week residency. Audiences are invited to witness the results during two public performances featuring two originals and two remixes, followed by a discussion with the artists.

For this fourth edition, Studio 303 continues to explore dance reinterpretation, remixing and covering, while expanding the concept with a new inter-province exchange. The REMIX CanDance Creative Exchange is a co-presentation of The CanDance Network, Studio 303 (QC), Neighbourhood Dance Works (NL), and Mile Zero Dance (AB) and is supported by the Dance Section of The Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. Montreal’s residency is offered in partnership with José Navas/Compagnie Flak. One choreographer from each province will visit the two others to remix a local choreographer’s piece. Thea Patterson (QC) will go to Mile Zero Dance (AB) on October 14-15, and Neighbourhood Dance Works (NL) on November 18-19 to remix local artists’ works:

Disintegration | Original by Bailey Eng, performed with Greg Selinger

This work explores contemporary dance and Chinese pole with and through one another. The solo and duet were created separately, then arranged to be presented together. A research into the function and representation of the pole as an apparatus, object, and set piece.

Aube (excerpt) | Original by Katia-Marie Germain, performed with Hélène Messier

Through a body movement which take advantages similarity between performers, synchronism in shorts movements, precision, and subtlety; Aube explores, in a enigmatic universe, the double and identity thematic.


Artists’ biographies

Bailey Eng (QC) developed her mouvement practices through contemporary dance, breaking, parkour, contortion, and Chinese pole. She graduated from Concordia University with a BFA in Contemporary Dance, after having also studied at L’Ecole Nationale de Cirque and York University. She has done several performances which have allowed her to incorporate dance, circus, and parkour, including work with Andreane Leclerc, La Marche du Crabe, Jeff Hall, and Les Minutes Completement Cirque. In addition to performing, she is also an emerging choreographer and coach of acrobatics and dance

Katia-Marie Germain (QC) is a choreographer and performer. Her first creations were presented in 2010 at Montreal’s Tangente and at the OFFTA, Art Souterrain, Fringe and Bouge d’ici festivals. Her creations Aube (2012), FOLDS (2014) and Habiter (2017) were presented in various festivals and venues in Quebec and abroad. Already holding a Bachelor’s Degree in visual arts (2007) and in dance (2010), Katia-Marie Germain is currently completing a Master’s Degree in dance at the Université du Québec À Montréal. katiamariegermain.com

Amber Borotsik (AB) is a creator and performer keenly interested in the intersection between improvisation, theatre and contemporary dance practices. To date, Amber has created three full length works Scythe, Backwater, The Moon at Midnight and numerous shorter works ( Here. Like this.). She has presented work and performed, in both dance and theatre, across Canada, the United States and in Japan. In 2015 she received the TELUS Courage to Innovate award at the Mayor’s Evening for the Arts in Edmonton, and has been working with inter-ability dance communities for five years.

Sarah Joy Stoker (NL) began her dance training as a child, graduating from the School of Toronto Dance Theatre in 1996. She worked as an independent dance artist in Toronto and Montreal performing her own work and that of other choreographers and companies nationally and internationally. Upon her return to NL she formed a collective and production company, was heavily involved with Neighbourhood Dance Works and the Festival of New Dance from 2003 until 2010, and since continues to create dance and interdisciplinary work. gutsink.nf.ca

Thea Patterson (QC) works through expanded ideologies of dance and performance on a variety of projects with many beloved colleagues. Her solo project the dance that I cannot do was presented in New York, in Montreal, in Halifax and Parrsboro Nova Scotia and in Munich Germany. Thea completed her Masters at DAS Graduate School (2016), in Amsterdam where she created her new solo between this is and the could be. She is currently working on projects in Montreal, Portugal and Amsterdam. theapatterson.wordpress.com


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keyon gaskin @ VIVA! art action – Free!

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October 4, 2017, 8PM – @ Atelier Jean-Brillant (105-661 Rue Rose-de-Lima)
Free

this is my performance
this is for you
you are a community
you are my material
this is a prison
leave when you want…

 

 

Recently presented at the MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) for the performance art series Taking Place, keyon gaskin (Oregon) will present his new creation at VIVA! art action. Studio 303 is now one of nine VIVA! partners, a uniquely accessible, specialized and lively biennial which generates unprecedented experiences for artists as well as for the public.

The artistic programming is developed by VIVA! and its partners using a de-centred working method that combines multiple programming strategies into one hybrid process (open calls, curatorial invitations, field research, etc.). Therefore, whether it’s presented in public space or at VIVA!’s pop-up headquarters, the programming always connects a rich variety of forms, perspectives, and identities. By providing artists with professional support adapted to the specific needs of the discipline, VIVA! opens itself up to performative practices that are sometimes difficult to frame within the visual arts: furtive actions, relational projects, durational works, happenings and infiltration projects. VIVA! also actively develop new strategies for encounter, such as the wildly popular VIVA! Kitchen, an artist-in-residence component of the festival that serves daily performative meals. vivamontreal.org

keyon gaskin will be offering a workshop at Studio 303 in october 2017.

Artist’s biography

keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize their performance.

CABARET TOLLÉ

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December 7 – 8pm
10-20$ (sliding scale, cash at the doors)
8pm – Doors and soup kitchen (included in price)
9pm – Performances
10:30pm – DJ

Accessibility information for the Sala Rossa : https://casadelpopolo.com/fr/la-sala-rossa/

Broke, woke and think the economic status of artists is no joke? Come enjoy an evening of artful indignation and creative protest around the theme of artist poverty, during the 5th edition of Studio 303’s Cabaret Tollé.

In this time of 375th and 150th celebrations, we source local artistic talent to make our city and country shine, and tout arts and culture are as a “motor” of sustainable development … but on whose back? Artists continue to earn less than $15,000 annually.

At Cabaret Tollé, artists come together to blow off steam, performing diverse short works responding to the ills of the current political landscape:

The neo-burlesque artist Sasha Van Bon Bon, driven from Toronto by unaffordable rent, will host Cabaret Tollé this year as her new character Aude Suivante, the living embodiment of the prostitute in the Jacques Brel song “Au Suivant”, a woman whom Brel castigates for her lack of tenderness but who is clearly just a sharp businesswoman.

On the menu for the evening, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist Tammy Forsythe and QuerbLand Projects presents Pay The Rent – a duet with dancer, artist Chloe Hart, about the gentrification of two Montreal neighbourhoods; video projection and an old turntable will accompany them on stage. Spoken-noise artist Alexis O’Hara, recipient of the Powerhouse prize at the La Centrale gallery in 2016 and mainstay of the Montreal cabaret scene, will shed the mask of her alter ego Guizo LaNuit, and rise to the challenge of presenting a stand-up comedy act on the not-exactly hilarious topic of artist poverty. Sandy Bridges (the character of Lenore Claire Herrem), presents Montreal Queer Artist made EASY EASY EASY!, a pyramid scheme-esque sales pitch, a satire on bleeding Montreal Queer Artists dry. Jean-François Boisvenue, a UQAM theatre graduate and multifaceted artist, will perform an excerpt from La dette de dieu around the notion of personal debt in a poetic and documentary form. That Choreographs Us, a duet performance by artists Marc-André Casavant and Benoît Lachambre, connects strange and angry poetic debauchery with choreographic freedom. Colour Outside the Lines, a diverse anti-racist ensemble, performs Armando-style improv comedy, in which they will ask the audience for a suggestion on the theme of artists and poverty, in order to inspire their set. A group of vibrant, committed and creative Aboriginal women, Odaya is driven by values of sharing and compassion, drawing strength through the legacy of their elders while inspiring Aboriginal youth and building bridges between different peoples. They will reinterpret “classic” non-Indigenous songs referencing poverty.
*** AT 10:30pm, clear the tables and make way for the fabulous DJ Tay!

ARTIST SOUP KITCHEN
For those who show up early, a delicious organic, local, gluten-free and vegan meal will be served from 8pm. This soup kitchen lovingly prepared by members of the 303 Board of Directors overseen by the Coordinator of Artist Services aims to feed the artists, reverse / question the dynamics of traditional power and demonstrate once again that together we can accomplish great things! Bring your own fork & container!


ARTIST’ BIOGRAPHIES

Alex Tigchelaar is the co-artistic director of The Scandelles and Operation Snatch and is known to many Montrealers as the sex columnist Sasha. She is extremely grateful to be living back in Montréal after nineteen years in Toronto, where in the end, she was precariously employed for eight long and scary years and accumulated $13, 000 in debt just trying to stay afloat. She is so happy to be hosting Cabaret Tollé this year as her new character Aude Suivante, the living embodiment of the prostitute in the Jacques Brell song “Au Suivant”, a woman whom Brell castigates for her lack of tenderness but who is clearly just a sharp businesswoman. Alex is pursuing her PhD at Concordia University under the strict supervision of the awesome Viviane Namaste.

The work of Alexis O’Hara embraces the transcendent potential of the accidental, the universal magic of humour and the opportunity trapped in the stuff that people throw away. She has toured internationally with her spoken-noise performances and a popular sound installation that proposed spontaneous musical collaboration between strangers. She has released four albums, a book of poetry and enough helium-filled balloons to get her dress caught up in a chandelier. Her work has been presented in diverse contexts across the Americas and Europe. In 2016, she was awarded the Powerhouse Prize. Alexis and her alter ego, Guizo La Nuit are mainstays of the Montreal cabaret scene. http://www.dyslex6.com/

Colour Outside the Lines is a diverse ensemble, who perform improv based on stories of families, moving, and blending traditions. They are dedicated to uplifting narratives that highlight marginalized experiences, and have had two sold-out shows, including their recent Ladyfest edition, which was featured in the Montreal Gazette and Cult Montreal.

Odaya … It’s a group of vibrant, committed and creative young Aboriginal women. We draw strength through the legacy of our elders while wishing to inspire Aboriginal youth and build bridges between different peoples. Odaya was born in January 2007. Some time later, we registered as a non-profit organization with the vision to create and support various projects that aim to improve the living conditions of Aboriginal people, whether in the Montreal area or elsewhere. Being driven by values of sharing and compassion, we decided in a consensual way that all of our profits would be reinvested in the community. https://www.facebook.com/Odaya-22131337257/

Since graduating from the Theater Superior School of UQAM (profil jeu, 2006), Jean-François Boisvenue has participated in more than twenty stage productions as an actor, dancer, director, scenographer or video and light designer. At the same time, he obtained his master’s degree in German Studies at UdeM (2011) and is currently working on a doctoral thesis in comparative literature. Since 2008, he’s the founder of the production company LAB888 with which he has made a feature film “Toujours encore”, 2016) and several experimental short films (“From the left foot”, 2016 – “Nyctophobie”, 2017). In 2017, he co-founded the multidisciplinary company Night / Noise to explore social issues from a poetic and philosophical angle and to interpenetrate different disciplines, whether artistic or not. https://agencehuguettelaplante.com/jean-francois-boisvenue/

Tammy Forsythe is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist based in Montreal and is the recipient of the Canada Council for the Arts 2009 Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in recognition for excellence in dance for mid-career artists. In 1996 she created her company Tusketdance. Seven group works followed and in 2003 her septet The Backtrack won the 3ieme Prix Publique at the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse. In 2006 at the MOCCA (Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art) in Toronto she created the installation: The Deer- girl Diaries: gestures of combat and passion. Tammy has been involved in the WE R DYING 2 KILL U (WRD2KU) project since 2012 where she composes music and plays the drums and the electric bass. WRD2KU collaborated with Penny Rimbaud and Louise Elliot at the 2012 Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival in Montreal and at Toronto’s NXNE music festival. Tammy’s recent work is weaving homemade videos with her dance and music collaborators. https://vimeo.com/tusketdance

Marc-André Casavant is a pioneer of artistic and emotional territories, fascinated by the visual arts, who loves to leave his comfort zone. Graduated from the Conservatoire Lassalle in 2001, he continued his training by participating in play workshops here, but also abroad. He is a member of UDA, ACTRA and RAIQ. Marc-André also practises performance, contemporary dance, staging and writing poetry. He recently produced the show L’eau des nuages, presented at the Salle Jean-Claude Germain of the Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui as part of the 2017 Fringe Festival, where he directed 5 actors. We have seen him show his performative work at La Fonderie Darling as part of the solo projects Pourquoi pas and Privé, respectively unveiled in 2014 and 2015. http://marc-andrecasavant.workbooklive.com/

Carried by nearly thirty years of experience as a choreographer, performer, improviser and teacher, in North America as in Europe, Benoît Lachambre develops in 1996 a platform of work allowing the realization of projects of research and the development of an original creative process. Par BLeux company (“BL” being the initials of Benoît Lachambre and “them” as collaborators) is then born and has the mission to create, produce and distribute works in a spirit of openness and collaboration while by developing interdisciplinary relationships in dance. With TCU, Benoît Lachambre works on the internal and external energy body, and on space as a body. In this commitment, he notes that any broken link still exists and that it is only a question of addressing it in us so that the latter can take shape, heal and re-engage the life-giving dynamism. http://www.parbleux.qc.ca/

Sandy Bridges (creation of Lenore Claire Herrem) is a savvy, independent, and opportunistic corporate bimbo. Charming space case & role model to the every day modern feminist, Sandy Bridges will have you in stitches with her audience interactive & dynamic performance.


CURATOR-IN-RESIDENCE

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QUANTUM FUR by GERANIUM

Saturday, April 14th 2018, 6 p.m and Sunday, April 15th 2018, 4 p.m. @ Studio 303
$10 to $20 sliding scale (cash, at the door)
Curated by Geranium
Presented artists: Marc Boucher (Montreal), Erin Fortier (Montreal), Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma) Moine de la non existence de la pensée (Brussels).

We are Geranium – AKA Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Maria Kefirova and Katie Ward – Studio 303’s current curator-in-residence. Together we have put together Quantum Fur, an evening of performance and video where we welcome artists and works that bother the borderlines between beings and things and make us question the inside and outside of community.

 

The evening features:

Wampum by Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma), an indigenous electronic music performance that has taken inspiration from Native American sheet music from the 1800’s and rearranged into dance music.

Erin Fortier (Montreal), neuroscientist and artist, works with the materiality of memory: what levels of experience do we count as lived and what richness might this add for imagining futures?

Marc Boucher (Montreal) who presents Stick Kitties, a hybrid of the dancing body, sculpture and dumpster diving.

The multimedia artist Moine de la non existence de la pensée (Brussels) presents Milk Pearl, a video that rides and breaks the lines of language and physicality, trance and poetry.

Studio 303’s annual residency for emerging curators provides a framework for developing ideas through research, discussion and practice. With this program, Studio 303 seeks to contribute to the development of the practice of performance curation.

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Artists bio
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Elisa Harkins (Oklahoma)
Elisa Harkins is a Native American (Cherokee/Muscogee) composer and artist originally hailing from Miami, Oklahoma. Harkins received her BA from Columbia College Chicago and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts. She has since continued her education at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Her work deals with the concept of “Performing Life”, in which the performance intersects with her actual lived experience. Tackling subjects such as adoption, enrollment, and the 1990 Indian Arts and Crafts Act, Harkins uses electronic music, sculpture, and the body as her tools. She has exhibited her work at documenta 14, The Hammer Museum, The Broad Museum, MOCA North Miami, and the MCA Chicago. Harkins is an enrolled member of the Muscogee (Creek) tribe.
http://www.elisaharkins.org/
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Erin Fortier (Montreal)
Erin Fortier is a Canadian scientist and artist known for her work in circadian rhythms and time. Fortier considers memory, shared experience, emotional resolution, empathy, and resonance through performance and collaboration. Her interests include the transformative capabilities of bodies, the electrical properties of organisms, biological clocks, and invisible forces that can shape events. Though Fortier’s method draws heavily from science, the aesthetic outcomes of her work are seldom hi-tech. Sharing knowledge of science is an integral part of Fortier’s discipline. She regularly contributes to the work of other artists during the research phase, and has advised on scientific themes and direction for projects such as CBC’s The Nature of Things. Her work has been shown internationally and is part of permanent collections in North America and Europe

Perennial forage is a performance installation conjuring memory as an entity, bouncing body, words, and image through the room as in echolocation, and letting in its thinglessness to precipitate into thingness. We create and consolidate memories from the day we are born until the day we die. It is possible to alter existing memories of past experience, opening doors of possibilities from the linear to the cyclical and from pain to healing. It is possible to create memories of experiences never lived by altering the brain. What levels of experience do we count as lived, what richness might this add for imagining futures, and which plane does the thingness of that memory wander before precipitating inside our minds?
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Marc Boucher (Montreal)
After running away from the circus, Marc Boucher stumbled upon contemporary dance in Jo Lechay’s studio, before getting caught up in academic endeavours, whilst dabbling in sundry artistic projects. Marc’s work experience is just as eclectic, having worked in a hospital laundry room, a department store, a high-rise hotel, a veteran’s hospital kitchen, a slaughterhouse, a federal department headquarter, a stock brokerage firm, health and social services agency, a circus, a scientific exhibition hall, a national museum, a dance studio, a university, and finally at home for a distance university. Much to his surprise, he figures in the Philosopher’s Index (on account of his two articles in the Journal of Contemporary Aesthetics). His main present artistic interests involve dance, sculpture, collaboration, and environmental issues.
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Moine de la non existence de la pensée
Moine de la non existence de la pensée is a Brussels base multimedia artist.
PAS DE NOUVEAUTÉ, PAS D’INTÉRÊT, PAS D’EFFORT, PAS DE QUALITÉ
PAS D’INTELLIGENCE, PAS DE LIBERTÉ, PAS DE FACILITÉ, PAS D’ORIGINALITÉ
Le contraire peut se produire fortuitement.
Je m’en fous.

je plaque un raga
sur les cades que ploie
le mistral sans foi
ni loi. Cinéma.

Je pense par la voix
de la caméra.
L’intelligence va
où mon oeil ira.

j’ai de vos schémas
déboîté la croix.
ma volonté croît
si elle touche du bois.

Je filme l’opéra
de la vie libra
sans valeur pour la
société merda.

quatre-vingt-quatre fois
de haut jusqu’en bas
j’ai touché du doigt
cette chose qu’on dit soi.

que l’usine foudroie
que la science poudroie
que l’Etat conçoit
que l’amour déçoit.

L’art n’a plus le choix
à l’Âge du fric roi:
dire le Nirvana
avec trois nougats.

linceul d’alpaga
pour vendeur de noix.
/ Lazare sortira
par le trou du rat.

la beauté, Hannah,
ton père s’y brûla.
Dans un débarras,
sec, son Réséda.
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Curators bio
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Geranium is an ad hoc curatorial collective made up choreographers/dance artists Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Maria Kefirova and Katie Ward. They came together to expand how they think about choreography and resist the commodification of professions. They seek to cultivate the point of view of the non-expert curator, to remain vulnerable to the needs of their community and share the tasks that are required around cultivating a healthy artistic common.
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Maria Kefirova is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. Her work has been presented in different festivals and venues in Canada, US, Europe and Mexico. Maria was a participant at DasArts, a residential laboratory for performing arts, research and innovation located in Amsterdam.
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Hanako Hoshimi-Caines is a dancer and choreographer based in Montreal. Her solo and collaborative work has been shown in performance and music festivals and theatres in Canada, Germany, Sweden and Bulgaria. As a dancer she has toured the world and spent a couple of formative years working in Stockholm with the Cullberg Ballet. She is currently pursuing a degree in the love of wisdom aka feelosophy at Concordia University.
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Katie Ward’s work uses imaginative systems of navigation. Katie recent works include: Infinity Doughnut an ensemble work that treats interconnection; Matière Grise, a relational solo piece created in collaboration and performed by Peter James; and Human Synthesizer. Katie is pursuing a Master of Theatre Practises at Artez University, in Arnhem Netherlands.

 

 


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SPARK SERIES

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E. Furey + M.N. Sharpe by C.Willes

From May 26 until June 3, 2018 @ Studio 303
Free/RSVP: info@studio303.ca

SPARK Series is informal showings by 303-associated artists plus a networking event and a discussion event. The showings are geared for visiting presenters (attending the FTA and OFFTA) but open to the general public (reservation is mandatory).

Saturday May 26th 10:45pm @ M.A.I. – Andrew Tay (Fame Prayer / EATING) – co-presented by Studio 303 and M.A.I.
Monday May 28th, 3pm – Kimberley de Jong (Boxher)
Tuesday May 29th, 3pm – Ellen Furey & Malik Nashad Sharpe (SOFTLAMP.autonomies)
Wednesday May 30th, 3pm – À TABLE (Networking event for artists)
Thursday May 31st, 3:30pm – Clara Furey (Cosmic Love)
Friday June 1st, 3pm – Aisha Sasha John (the aisha of is)
Sunday June 3rd, 3pm – LONG TABLE (Public Discussion)

 

>>> SPARK SERIES ARTISTS’ BIOGRAPHIES & WORK
Thanks to RBC Emerging Artists Project for their support.


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ALL NUIT LONG VIDÉODANSE – FREE!

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Le Disque by Kim-Sanh Châu & Guillaume Vallée

Saturday, March 3rd 2018, 9:00 pm to 1 am @ Studio 303

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Screendance event during Nuit blanche à Montréal, curated by Kim-Sanh Châu & Guillaume Vallée. This program was built around the theme of Nuit blanche this year: remix. The selected works deal with the reappropriation, recycling and remixing of media elements of our daily life and existing works through singular videodances!

Samosas, popcorn and beers will be on the menu!

 

 

Screening program (in loop from 9pm to 1am)
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Movie on 2017 03 14 at 3 27 PMMarissa Sean Cruz (CA)
Dying SwanLaurie McDonald (USA)
As if the color was looking at youSara Bonaventura (IT)
what a feelingStacey Abramson (CA)
TANGO_30XX.exeLuis Navas (AR)
3 études sombresMichaël Cros (FR)
Epiphany of returningBenedetta Capanna & Richard Shpuntoff (IT/USA)
Nation’s Legacy of Severance (excerpt) – Mary Williamson & Zohar Melinek & Ray Lavers (CA)
CVS (Computer Vision Syndrome)Freya Björg Olafson (CA)
Body CollageKaitlyn Ramsden (CA)
gymnastics of everyday anxietiesIsabella Mongelli & Maria Anastassiou (IT)
and a short documentary on our event REMIX, directed by Viva Delorme (CA)

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Artists bio

Marissa Sean Cruz

Marissa Sean Cruz is a Canadian interdisciplinary artist. As a Filipino-Canadian woman, much of Cruz’s work acts as a rapprochement into the complexities of racial identity, sexual and social absurdities of daily “feminine” rituals.
Artist website


Laurie McDonald

Laurie McDonald is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship, four American Film Institute/NEA Fellowships and was twice-nominated for the Alpert Award in the Arts from CalArts, Los Angeles.
Artist website


Sara Bonaventura

As independent videomaker Sara has been collaborating with performers, musicians and VJs. Her works have been screened in Italy and abroad; recently, at the NYC Anthology Film Archives, and for Other Cinema at San Francisco ATA Gallery.
Artist website


Stacey Abramson

Stacey Abramson is an artist, mother and educator from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She is interested in exploring the absurdity and semiotics of everyday life in her work. She has shown at the Art Gallery of Hamilton (Hamilton, ON), Paved Arts + New Media (Saskatoon, SK) and Cinematheque (Winnipeg, MB).


Luis Navas

Born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. 1995. Currrently studying Audiovisual Arts at Universidad Nacional de las Artes (UNA) of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Audiovisual editor and artistic experimentation enthusiast.
Artist website


Michaël Cros

Michaël Cros is a choreographer and visual artist in the Marseille company La Méta-Carpe. He mainly combines three artistic fields in his work: contemporary dance, puppetry and digital arts.


Benedetta Capanna

Benedetta Capanna draws energy and inspiration from her Mediterranean and Baltic roots and from over twenty years of study of Yoga. She is active as choreographer and performer free lancer from 1998 alternating stays in Rome and New York.
Artist website


Mary Williamson

Mary has a long history working in dance, choreography, performance, photography sound and dramaturgy within a multitude of mostly collaborative, co-authored projects. Her solo exhibitions, performances and photography have been shown and published in Chicago, New York, and Toronto. Her previous choreographic work—specifically with Zohar Melinek— focused on violence and oppression in relation to national, cultural and gender-based conflict.

Freya Björg Olafson

Freya Björg Olafson is an intermedia artist who works with video, audio, painting and performance. Her praxis engages with identity and the body, as informed by technology and the Internet.
Artist website


Kaitlyn Ramsden

Kaitlyn Ramsden is a Montreal based dancer, choreographer, and video maker. Kaitlyn started dancing at Arts Umbrella in her hometown Vancouver B.C. under the direction of Artemis Gordon and Lynn Sheppard. During her time at Arts Umbrella, Kaitlyn had the pleasure of dancing for Crystal Pite, Cherice Barton, Donald Sales, Aszure Barton, James Kudelka, and Roberto Campanella. Since moving to Montreal Kaitlyn has completed her bachelor’s degree in English and History at Concordia University and co-founded Project Contrabête, a collective that explores the intersections between movement, the body, presence, and video. Kaitlyn is currently choreographing her newest work BALL$.
Artist website


Isabella Mongelli

Anastassiou and Mongelli are remote collaborators, the former an artist filmmaker based in London and the latter a performer and visual artist based in Milan.
Artist website

 

 

 

 


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À TABLE – FREE!

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À Table 2017 par V. Soucy

Wednesday May 30, 2018, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. @ Studio 303

Free/No RSVP

Open to all artists, À Table is a unique artist-presenter networking event that DOES NOT involve speed-dating, random schmoozing, or organized pitches. Invited presenters sit at individual tables in our studio for a 3-hour period to receive artists who wish to initiate, join or eavesdrop on conversations with them. Artists may spend 3 hours with a single presenter or visit several. Each presenter’s bio, photo and programming practice will be displayed, providing vital context.

In this context, presenters are positioned as resources, not buyers, and are at the service of the artists. The goal of A Table is to help artists to consider and seek out the professional relationships they want to develop, in a meaningful way. It also seeks to subvert tired power dynamics that are reinforced through traditional networking events.

List of guest presenters:

Julie KretzshmarLes Bancs Publics (Marseille, FR)
Anna Gallagher RossFusebox (Austin, USA)
Aaron WrightFierce (Birmingham, UK)
Pia AgrawalMitchell Center for the Arts (Houston, USA)
Martin I. KaganSchimmel Center (New York, USA)


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LONG TABLE – FREE!

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A. Salas

Sunday June 3, 2018, from 3pm to 5pm @ Studio 303
Free/No RSVP

Long Table is a playful format conducive to dynamic public discussion (concept borrowed from Lois Weaver). A dinner party where conversation is the only course, the format provides a democratic forum for intimate exchange whereby anyone seated at the table is a guest speaker/performer, and an unlimited amount of observers may gather around the table.

With: Alex TigchelaarDana MichelDorian Nuskind-OderEllen FureyKimberley De JongMalik Nashad SharpeSasha KleinplatzStephen ThompsonTonjia LivingstonePriscilla Guy

 

 

TOPIC: Visibility / Invisibility
– What does the body represent today and how is it marked by intersecting notions of class, race, gender, age and ability?
– How is the body impacted by fashion, aesthetics, technology and neoliberalism?
– In which ways does this play out in current programming trends, particularly in the context of Quebec’s political landscape?
– Who has agency over the visibility and invisibility of their body?


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QUEER PERFORMANCE CAMP

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August 14-23, 2018
Workshops run August 16-17-18, 2018

Artists of all generations, cultural backgrounds, and practices are encouraged to participate. Priority space is offered to people with marginalized identities
For more information or to register (limited space): info@studio303.ca

A collaboration between Studio 303, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines. Queer Performance Camp aims to create new ways to connect, grow and build community, while supporting the development of queer artists trough shows, workshops and gatherings. It is an intentional and inclusive space for taking risks, making mistakes, pushing our practices, being critical and self-aware, and having fun, while remaining open and compassionate.

Today’s fractured political climate and impatient consumer society is existentially challenging to say the least, and queer camp provides participants a playful respite. For this 3rd edition of QPC, we are exploring being+together through an array of events including: a screen-free slumber party, a co-residency, a skill-share session, workshops on animal states, sharing space, ensemble performance, and making others laugh. Let’s do weird shit together and see what happens!

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Here is the complete workshop program.


A is for Animal with Antonia Baehr + Neo Hülcker (Berlin)

Aug. 16th – 18th, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ Studio 303
$70-125$ *(Sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines

This practical workshop weaves around our personal interest in the animal-human relation shed under a queer light and dealt in performance, musical composition and choreography. Since many years, the young composer Neo Hülcker (aka 1000 Tingles) and the middle-aged choreographer/performer Henry Wilde (aka Antonia Baehr) make work together and seperately around this theme. They make artwork in a variety of visual and acoustic forms including the fields of ASMR* and human-animal relationships. In this workshop, we will exchange scores, write portraits in animal metaphors for one another, improvise, and get inspired by online animal video-clips to create our own short performances, among other things.

* Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a tingling sensation on the skin, a “low-grade euphoria” triggered by acoustic stimuli.

Neo Hülcker is a composer performer whose work focuses on music as anthropological research in everyday life environments. Their compositions evolve as situations, performance-¬‐installations, actions and interventions, and work with different kinds of public spaces. Neo studied composition and graduated with a Masters degree in 2013. In 2014 they have been a fellow of the Junge Akademie at the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Neo founded the youtube channel feminist as well as the channel ASMR studio berlin. They perform as the ASMR artist Thousand Tingles and are a part of the agency ASMR yourself. Their compositions have been performed at Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Wien Modern, London Contemporary Music Festival, Münchener Biennale, Blurred Edges Festival Hamburg, dark music days Reykjavik, soundacts festival Athens, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Klangwerkstatt Berlin and elsewhere.

Antonia Baehr (aka Henry Wilde) is a choreographer performer and artist. Her works explore the fiction of the everyday and of the theatre, among other themes. She collaborates with various partners, frequently in the form of switching roles: from project to project, each artist alternately takes on the role of either guest or host. Baehr studied film and media arts at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, with Valie Export and has a Masters in Performance and Film from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2006, she has taught as guest professor at several European colleges and has taken part in diverse group exhibitions (re.act.feminism, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia Tallinn, Museo de Arte do Rio, MACBA Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, et al.). In 2008, her book “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” was published, and “Abedecarium Bestiarium – Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors” was published in 2014. Her stage productions include “Cat Calendar” (2004), with Antonija Livingstone; “Larry Peacock” (2005), coproduced by Andrea Neumann and Sabine Ercklentz; “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” (2008); “Abedecarium Bestiarium” (2013); and “Normal Dance” (2016). With Sabine Ercklentz, Baehr produced two works for radio that were broadcast on WDR 3 in 2015. Baehr is the producer of the horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the aspirant composer and ex-¬‐husband Henry Wilde, among others.


The Grid with Indrit Kasapi (Toronto)

August 16, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Studio 303
$15-$30 (sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines

Everyone is welcome whether you identify as able bodied or disabled. The work is physical in structure and demands that the participants are fully present. In the past the workshop has been taken by artists who identify as dancers or movement based performers, as well as visual artists, writers, and artists who identify as Deaf, Disabled and Mad.

The Grid is a creation process that lemonTree creations has been using to generate their material for several of their critically acclaimed productions including MSM [men seeking men]. Indrit Kasapi (Artistic Producer) arrived at this process of creation heavily influenced by Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints. The Grid takes its name from the most basic principle of the process, in which participants move around the space through an imaginary grid. Several other elements are introduced during the workshop that facilitate creation from an instinctual rather than intellectual place. Physical and vocal explorations open doors to a way of generating material for performance makers that is not over-thought or analyzed but rather raw, guttural and often hard to explain.

Indrit Kasapi is the Artistic Producer for the Dora Nominated lemonTree creations and Associate Artistic Producer for Cahoots Theatre Company. He has worked with choreographers Roberto Campanella, Emmanuelle Jouthe, Susie Burpee, Michael Caldwell, Takako Segawa and most recently William Yong. Apart from MSM [ men seeking men] with lemonTree creations, Indrit most recently directed the critically acclaimed ROPE RUNNING OUT by Raf Antonio (11 Broadway World Nominations including Best Direction). Indrit also launched the lemonTree {studio} in 2012, a rehearsal space downtown Toronto, that serves as a creative hub for the independent artist community with various programs in place, including the RESIDENCY PROGRAM. Indrit is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.


Stand-up Comedy with Tranna Wintour (Montreal)

Friday, August 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Studio 303
$15-$30 (sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines, in English.

The main goal of this workshop is to encourage underrepresented/marginalized voices to write and perform stand-up comedy, by offering writing and performing tools/exercises, confidence-boosting advice, and tips. Open to stand-up comedy beginners. This workshop is aimed at people who have just begun or plan on performing stand-up comedy; ideally participants would have at least three to five minutes of material to work with. This workshop cannot teach you how to be funny, but will help you develop your comedic voice, your stage confidence, and provide writing strategies. Participants will be encouraged to participate in writing exercises, and each participant will be given the chance to perform a 3-5 minute set. Participants can choose what type of feedback they would like on their performance. Workshop vibe: relaxed, inclusive, casual, informal, non-judgemental, conversational. This workshop is a safe space for being silly, free, and playful.

Tranna Wintour is an optimistic, spiritual, happy, raunchy, pop-culture-obsessed, fashion-hungry, transgender comedian, producer, and writer. With her unique brand of humour (and glamour!) Tranna has taken the comedy world by storm. She has performed in many festivals including Sled Island (Calgary), SheDot (Toronto), LadyFest, Pride Toronto, and Montreal Sketch Fest. For two consecutive years, Tranna and her creative partner/comedy soulmate, Thomas Leblanc, have performed their cabaret shows to sold-out crowds in Off Just For Laughs. In addition to the shows they perform together, Tranna and Thomas host a fabulous podcast called Chosen Family, which just recently cracked the iTunes comedy top 10! Upon seeing Tranna’s solo show at The Duplex in New York City, legendary artist, Sandra Bernhard, proclaimed: “a star is born!”


Empathy & Improv with Colour Outside the Lines (Montreal)

Saturday, August 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$15-$30 (sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to improvised comedy, as it establishes the foundations of celebrating failure and learning to say yes to the ideas of others. However, there will also be a special focus on listening and being attentive to others, and how it is the act of collaboration that really defines the improv experience. Time will also be given to explore what it means to put oneself in another’s shoes, as characters are created and developed – and how we can play those very different from ourselves with truth & dignity. This workshop aims to be playful & fun, promote a sense of team spirit amongst the participants, while also creating space for reflection regarding the way we perceive ourselves and others around us.

Colour Outside the Lines are a diverse comedy ensemble who are dedicated to uplifting narratives pertaining to family, immigration, and marginalization. They have been performing together for the past year, and during that time have partook in festivals such as Ladyfest Montreal & MPROV, as well as Studio 303’s Cabaret Tollé.

Individually each member of Colour Outside the Lines have been developing their performance skills over several years through a variety of different avenues ranging from theatre to storytelling. However, they are additionally unified by their love of teaching, as their ‘day jobs’ have all led them to be teachers or educators. This in turn has allowed each of them to become facilitators of theatre and improv classes and programs.


Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

QUEER PERFORMANCE CAMP 2018

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SHOWS / WORKSHOPS / RESIDENCIES
From Tuesday, August 14th 2017 to Thursday, August 23th 2018

A collaboration between Studio 303, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines. Queer Performance Camp aims to create new ways to connect, grow and build community, while supporting the development of queer artists.

Today’s fractured political climate and impatient consumer society is existentially challenging to say the least, and queer camp provides participants a playful respite. For this 3rd edition of QPC, we are exploring being+together through an array of events including: a screen-free slumber party, a co-residency, a skill-share session, workshops on animal states, sharing space, ensemble performance, and making others laugh. Let’s do weird shit together and see what happens!

 

GATHERINGS @Studio 303

Slumber party
Tuesday August 14
30 inflatable mattresses, a virtual campfire, an opening ceremony. This is all we know for now…

Informal showing by artists in residence
details to come,
Wednesday August 15

Sound skillshare & snacks
Friday August 17th, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Neo Hülcker hosts a queer composer exchange. Let`s have a look on what we are working on, exchange ideas… Please bring scores, recordings, videos or whatever you’d like to share. RSVP

WORKSHOPS @Studio 303

A is for Animal,
with Antonia Baerh + Neo Hülcker (Berlin)
From August 16 to 18, (Thurs-Sat) from 10 a.m, to 2 p.m.
An exploration of our personal interest in the animal-human relation, seen under a queer light and dealt with through performance, musical composition, and choreography.

The Grid
with Indrit Kasapi (Toronto)
August 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Learning to create from a more instinctual place rather than intellectual, participants are asked to move around the space through an imaginary grid.

Stand-up comedy
with Tranna Wintour (Montreal)
Friday August 17, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
This workshop cannot teach you how to be funny, but it will help you develop your comedic voice, your stage confidence, and provide writing strategies.

Empathy & Improv
with Colour Outside the Lines (Montreal)
Saturday August 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
An introduction to improvised comedy, establishing the foundations of celebrating failure, and learning to say « yes » to the ideas of others.

SHOWS / presented by our partners

MSM [men seeking men] / lemonTree (Toronto)
Thursday August 16 + Friday August 17, 8 p.m. @ MAI
A deconstruction of online male personas and their personal exchanges with other men via music, choreography, movement, and text.

Abecedarium Bestiarium / Antonia Baehr + Neo Hülcker (Berlin)
Wednesday August 22 + Thursday August 23, @ La Chapelle
Heterogenous choreographic miniatures based on an ABC of extinct animals.


With the support of Goethe-Institut and Montreal Pride.


Artists of all generations, cultural backgrounds and practices are encouraged to participate. Priority space is offered to people with marginalized identities

For more information or to register (limited space): info@studio303.ca


Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

THE ART OF BEING FLUID – LINDA RABIN

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Nov. 6 to 8 (Mon-Wed) + Nov. 10 (Fri) 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
No class on Thursday, studio open
$70

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

At the most intrinsic level of our organism, like the ocean, we undulate, pulsate, arc and spiral. We are movement, the movement of water on land. In this workshop, we will practice breaths and vocalized sounds, engage in non-patterned micro movements and larger gestures that stimulate the fluidity of our tissues and cells. We will take time to feel the sensations that rise into awareness, to savour the streams of movement that teach us about adaptability, our capacity for change and transformation. Carried by a flow greater than our individual self, we find ourselves riding the waves of life, of this planet and of the universe.

How does this practice inform the dancer in us, the mover in us, the person we are? I invite you to join me in this adventure, where participants are encouraged to embark at their own pace, in the creative spirit of inquiry and discovery. Come and explore the unexplored within.

Linda Rabin brings to her teaching more than 45 years of experience in dance, movement education, coaching and directing. Co-founder of l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (founded in 1981), she turned to somatic education in the 1990’s to become a certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® and an authorized teacher of Continuum Movement. As an international workshop leader, Linda teaches in her native Montreal, in Canada and Europe. She shares her life’s passion with people from all walks of life: movement both as art and healing, as a way of life knowledge and spiritual practice.

For fuller bio: http://lindarabin.com/bio/


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

SOCIAL DANCING (AKA NEGOCIATION) – KEITH HENNESSY (SF)

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Feb. 12 to 16, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75(Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English

Research and play, dancing together, in collaboration. Shared experimental practice in the blessings and crises of social relationships. Through a range of activities we’ll negotiate fake and real healing, touching and not touching, intentional shifts in embodiment and perspective, post/contact, unity-in-difference, and objects as mediums of exchange and identity. Responding to the new fascisms and the collapse of liberal coherence we will use the workshop as a political laboratory to research new forms of social practice-prayer-magic-ritual-dancing-performance-action. We’ll explore the tensions between provocation and care in both activism and art. Keith says, “My primary teaching/research is on the politics of relationship and how dance practices can be a laboratory for new social relations based on queer-feminist-antiracist-decolonial ethics. I tend to work mostly with duet and trio scores, improvisation, and experimental ritual.”

Keith Hennessy dances in and around performance. Born in Sudbury (Ontario), he lives in San Francisco since 1982 and tours internationally. His performances engage improvisation, ritual, collaboration, and public action as tools for investigating political realities. Practices inspired by anarchism, critical whiteness, post/Modern dance, activist art, the Bay Area, wicca, punk, contact improvisation, and queer-feminism motivate and mobilize Hennessy’s work. Keith’s 2016-17 collaborators include Peaches, Meg Stuart, Scott Wells, Jassem Hindi, J Jha, Annie Danger, Gerald Cassel, and the collaboratives Blank Map and Turbulence. Keith’s recent teaching in universities, independent studios, and festivals includes Ponderosa (Germany), FRESH (SF), HZT (Berlin), Movement Research (NYC), Impulstanz (Vienna), Portland State University, Sandberg Institute (Amsterdam), St. Mary’s, VAC Foundation (Moscow), and Warsaw Flow International CI Festival. Awards include the Guggenheim Fellowship, United States Artist Fellowship, a NY Bessie, multiple Isadora Duncan Awards, and a Bay Area Goldie. Keith’s writings have been published in Contact Quarterly, Movement Research Journal, Performance Research (UK), Society of Dance History Scholars Journal, Dance Theatre Journal (UK), Itch, Front, and In Dance. Hennessy directs Circo Zero and was a member of Contraband with Sara Shelton Mann. Hennessy is a co-founder of CounterPULSE (formerly 848 Community Space) a thriving performance space in San Francisco. He earned an MFA and PhD from UC Davis. www.circozero.org


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

HOW TO FAIL — ALANNA KRAAIJEVELD (MTL)

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Jan. 8 to 12, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (*Emploi Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

This class is informed by my encounters with Fighting Monkey, a practice co-developed by Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek that aims to nourish and restore movement patterns and mobility. Using selected Fighting Monkey movement situations as a point of departure, we will examine and test tendencies and limitations, both individually and in partners, and nurture mental and physical potential through difficulty and danger. The proposed training fosters strength, adaptability and softness.

Alanna Kraaijeveld is a dancer, teacher, and improviser. She is interested in playfulness, endurance, timing, and rigour. Kraaijeveld’s quixotic movement style, humour and adaptability have supported her in diverse projects. She has worked with artists and organizations including Marie Claire Forté, Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup/Frédérick Gravel, Louise Bédard Danse, Dave St-Pierre, Et Marianne et Simon, Susanna Hood, Elizabeth Langley, Yves Charuest, Toronto Dance Community Love-In, Opéra Québec, Danse à la Carte, Mayday/Mélanie Demers, Sylvain Émard Danse, Regroupement québécois de la danse, Dancemakers, Alexandra Wells, Studio 303, Circuit-Est, Concordia University, L’école de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and was a member of (now defunct) Le Groupe Dance Lab under the direction of Peter Boneham for four seasons. Fall 2015, Alanna received grants from the DTRC and CALQ to study Fighting Monkey, an approach to movement training developed by Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek. Her collaboration, interest and training in the method are ongoing. She currently runs a weekly training group called Training with Alanna where she explores her curiosities of less traditional movement approaches, with Fighting Monkey methodology as a key inspiration. Alanna holds a master’s degree in Dance Pedagogy from Middlesex University, England.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

HIP HOP — LEAH MCFLY (MTL)

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Oct. 2 to 6, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m (Mon-Fri)
75$ (*Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

With knowledge of many styles Leah can base the class off of the basics of hip hop by teaching you also the basics of just “Dance”. Then using those techniques to explore and connect other urban styles like; House, locking, popping, dancehall and styles listed below.

WAACKING – Focuses on nurturing the true essence of waacking by concentrating on the full package of a performer; Character, presence, vocabulary, levels, energy,power and to dance with a feeling. All by teaching you to have fun!

HIP HOP – Will use the basic techniques of Hip hop; Bounce, rock and groove to help you explore and develop your personalized vibe and style. Taking you from the root up until today’s recent music.

Montreal based dancer Leah McFly also known as Waackeisha from 2 Marvelous Productions a duo dance company with her brother Linx, she takes hip hop to a whole new international level opening for artists like; Elephant man, NERD, Big Daddy Kane, La Roux, Afrika Bambataa, Kool Herc, Kaytranada and more. Also known abroad as Waackeisha the waacking dancing sensation of many styles like dancehall, popping, hiphop and house. Also part of international waacking group IHOW Imperial house of Waacking Canadian chapter who 2007 brought and nurtured this dance style called Waacking in Montreal. Won various battles (HDI, Streetstar, Danc @alive japan, uk champs etc) in other countries and has performed in fashion weeks for designers like Jeremy Scoot, Karl Lagerfeld, Vivianne Westwood and Nova Dando. She’s always on the move so keep an eye out on where and what she will be doing next.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

CHA DESIGN LAB: ADVANCED LIGHTING DESIGN — PAUL CHAMBERS (MTL)

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PaulChambers_15-16_640x480May 7 to 11, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Quebec)

In collaboration with Agora de la Danse
@ Espace Vert – WILDER Building – Espace danse
1435, De Bleury Street, Montréal, Place-des-Arts
Open to artists of all disciplines with knowledge in lighting design / Bilingual teachers

This workshop is for artists interested in the creative process used by CHA collective [Paul Chambers + David-Alexandre Chabot] to create interdisciplinary works. This workshop provides participants with a forum for exploration and for study of process and principles of design in the performing arts. Participants will learn methods to elaborate design ideas through research, experimentation & communication to find conceptual clarity. Workshop will focus primarily on lighting, scenic & sound experiments to help develop a method for integrating design aspects to participants own work.

Paul Chambers is a Montreal based set & lighting designer. Collaborating on new dance works has always been a priority for him. Teaching workshops has also been an important part of his development as an artist and mentor. At Studio 303 he teaches a yearly lighting design workshop for artists, in addition to teaching aspects of production in dance at Concordia University. From 2008 until 2013 Paul Chambers was Technical Director at Tangente: Laboratoire de Mouvements Contemporains. In 2013 along with fellow designer & educator David-Alexandre Chabot, they inaugurated CHA a design collective aimed at creating & sharing design based works with artists from different disciplines. His recent design credits include work with Public Recordings, 10 Gates Dancing, Audrey Bergeron, Dorian Nuskind-Oder, Benjamin Kamino, Dany Desjardins, Katie Ward, Susanna Hood, Sasha Kleinplatz, Antonija Livingstone, Adam Kinner, Maria Kefirova & Hanako Hashimi Caines, Thierry Huard, Amanda Acorn, Parts & Labour Dance, Lara Kramer Dance, & Destins Croisés.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

MOVEMENT EDUCATOR’S FORUM — KELLY KEENAN & INVITEES (MTL)

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Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2017 – 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Participants should have a teaching practice / Bilingual teachers.

1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sessions
4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Conversation, exchange and Lab time

Facilitated by Kelly Keenan and in dialogue with the invitees and the community The Movement Educators Forum aspires to demystify what the teacher in the studio next to you, or the week after you is doing; to exchange knowledge through practice and generate dialogue between practitioners. The Movement Educator’s Forum chooses a broad theme topic and invites movement practitioners to share their knowledge on the topic through their practices.

This year’s topic Dancing Together acknowledges and celebrates the social nature of the practice of dance. The stellar team of invitees includes Kira Kirsch (Axis Syllabus & CI, Berlin), Nancy Lavoie (Quebec, Tango), Alanna Kraaijeveld (mobility and coordination, Montreal), Lucy M. May (Montreal/New Brunswick, independent dance artist) among others who will be guiding us on how they bring their participants together, literally.

Mobility and coordination with Alanna Kraaijeveld

Monday Oct. 30, 2017

This class is informed by my encounters with Fighting Monkey, a practice co-developed by Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek that aims to nourish and restore movement patterns and mobility. Using selected Fighting Monkey movement situations as a point of departure, we will examine and test tendencies and limitations, both individually and in partners, and nurture mental and physical potential through difficulty and danger. The proposed training fosters strength, adaptability and softness.

Nancy Lavoie (QC) Tango Argentine, Massage Therapy

Tuesday Oct. 31, 2017

Partner Dance, Connection and the Art of Touch
– We will explore the state of ‘hook up’, a global consciousness and simultaneous singular, where sensation, intuition and intellect are in constant dialogue; – We will see how to be with our temporalities, sculpt space as two or more, including the viewer. – We will develop a sense of “looking” and explore the possible contact with it by touch, or by activation of mirror neurons or other approaches; – Inspired by the tango connection, you will learn to sense the entrella organique of the body’s directions, its tensional integrity, and if possible, how to transform it.

By researching the accuracy of touch and its motion, we will attempt to create a living dialogue, flexible and free, to see the world differently, to explore the links, to play from our senses and the traces that they leave.… That in listening, something happens.

Kira Kirsch (Berlin) Axis Syllabus

Wednesday Nov. 1st 2017

Somatic Symphony
Dancing together is as old as human history. Stepping to the same beat, aligning spatially and physically is described as a joint recruitment of motor and perceptual systems that blurs the self with another and increases cooperation. In this class we will use tools from the Axis Syllabus to explore the values and comfort of synchrony paired with autonomy via deep introspection into one’s individual anatomy and personal rhythms.

Lucy M. May (Mtl/New Brunswick) independent dance artist

Tursday Nov. 2nd 2017

I have been developing an intimate creative practice as an artist in residence in New Brunswick over the past year and as an interprète with Marie Chouinard for seven. Workshops are opportunities to bridge this research with the potential of collective movement. My interest in folk wisdom, phenomenology, language, anthropology, and more-than-human life appear in the performances I make (Vivarium) and in my writing and drawings. These endeavours eddy with the good experiences I have had in workshops with other dance makers who work at delivering not only techniques for the individual, but approaches to driving and collecting strongly complicit energies that are generated in a studio by groups of dancing humans. I use music, repetition, yielding, and exertion as conduits. Hopefully, hang-ups and everyday life enter the studio in the midst of the improvisations I prompt. Informal, collaborative, and experimental templates such as a “Surprise Party” situate dancing and movers as the yolk within an egg: what happens on the inside is supported by what lies beyond the membrane. The Surprise Party is about overlaying movement generation with verbalization and conversation so that each other’s everyday life experiences are cross-pollinated with dance gesture. Unexpected connections might be made. Other invitations include informing mechanical-anatomical research with cultural references such as palmistry (Fingers & Toes), encouraging forces of nature [beyond gravity] to be present in dances (Rustlin’ Vessels), and experimenting concepts such as ‘conflict’ as inter-corporeal states. Be it resolved that dancing is a way of thinking in the world.

Eroca Nicols (Toronto) Contact Improvisation & Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ)

Friday Nov. 3, 2017

Aggressive Snuggling
Often boundaries are muddy in contact improvisation. A lack of clear boundaries in CI may exclude many people particularly women and femme presenting folks, queer folks, gender fluid folks, people of color and folks of different abilities. Perhaps by adopting some of the explicit consent codes of BJJ with care and openness, we can address some of the issues around consent and boundaries that exist inside the CI community.
I want to stress the importance and the place for the politics of touch to precede the poetics of touch. I believe that we can begin to work on this and at the same time have a good time learning some fun skills from another partnered movement practice (BJJ).

Here’s a list of some of the things we will definitely do:
-Ask for and receive consent before touching anyone!
-Develop and practice both a physical and a verbal start and stop signal.
-Practice saying yes and saying no and meaning it.
-Practice hearing yes and hearing no and responding to it.


Alanna Kraaijeveld is a dancer, teacher, and improviser. She is interested in playfulness, endurance, timing, and rigour. Kraaijeveld’s quixotic movement style, humour and adaptability have supported her in diverse projects. She has worked with artists and organizations including Marie Claire Forté, Dave St-Pierre, Grouped’ArtGravelArtGroup/Frédérick Gravel, Louise Bédard Danse, Et Marianne et Simon, Susanna Hood, Elizabeth Langley, Yves Charest, Toronto Dance Community Love-In, Opéra Québec, Danse à la Carte, Mayday/Mélanie Demers, Sylvain Émard Danse, Regroupement québécois de la danse, Dancemakers, Alexandra Wells, Studio 303, Circuit-Est, Concordia University, L’école de danse contemporaine de Montréal, and was a member of (now defunct) Le Groupe Dance Lab under the direction of Peter Boneham for four seasons. Fall 2015, Alanna received grants from the DTRC and CALQ to study Fighting Monkey, an approach to movement training developed by Linda Kapetanea and Jozef Frucek. Her collaboration, interest and training in the method are ongoing. She currently runs a weekly training group called Training with Alanna where she explores her curiosities of less traditional movement approaches, with Fighting Monkey methodology as a key inspiration.

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist, community organizer, independent curator, passionate dance researcher and mother. She grew up in East-Berlin and Vienna and after many years of nomadism and living abroad she is now based in Berlin with her family as new residents of Lake Studios – an artist-run dance, production and performance space. Kira is deeply invested into creating, questioning and improving spaces for people to experience, learn about and sensitise their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered and is a senior teacher of the Axis Syllabus (AS) with over a decade of teaching experience, is a co-organiser of Nomadic Colleges, leads teacher trainings, screen designs websites and has build a platform for AS research in the Bay Area, California from 2006 – 2012. In 2014 she started curating together with Francesca Pedulla a new annual dance festival called SENSING IN, happening in Berlin every November. Recently she taught at ImPulsTanz, CmC-Goettingen, Tanzquartier Vienna, Transformation, 303-Montreal, SEAD, Body IQ Festival among many other institutions, festivals and private initiatives.As a performer Kira has danced in the works of Sara Shelton Mann (US), David Szlasa (US), Avy K. Productions (RU), Christine Bonansea (US/FR), Half Machine (DK), ABCdance collective/Frey Faust, Cie. Anna Tenta (AT) and in numerous collaborations with her peers. In 2009 she started collaborating with Montreal-based Kelly Keenan and their creations “species – a moving body exposition” and “useless creatures”, which have been presented in the US, Canada and Austria.

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist, teacher, and writer for The Dance Current based in Montréal. She is attracted to the porousness of collaboration and the margins of dancing. Currently, Lucy is developing performances that ask how geo- and bio-social environments thread their way through human movement (Vivarium, Esemplastic Landing). Between 2009 and 2016, Lucy was a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard. As an independent dancer she has worked with Margie Gillis, Alejandro De Leon, Sasha Kleinplatz, Melissa Raymond, and choreographers based in her natal province of New Brunswick. The workshops Lucy teaches are alive to folk wisdom, anchored in participants’ own physiology, and play with the foundations of professional dance training and knowledge. Lucy imagines her moving body as a meeting place, where theories and conversations find confluence with what is local, sensual, or tactile. She has taught across Canada, in France, and in the United States.

Nancy Lavoie BA in music and piano teacher, Nancy Lavoie was seduced at her first tango class by its expressive richness. She traveled to Argentina to study with the elders who have experienced the golden age of tango to understand the sources, traditions and language. From the beginning, she teaches both roles: guider and the guided.A passionate promoter of tango, in 1995 Nancy founded the first school dedicated to tango in Quebec, l’Avenue Tango. . In 2005 she became a member of the group Tango Discovery, a movement research group based in Buenos Aires where she pursued educational tools to develop a teaching method of movement and partner work inspired by cultural anthropology and human phenomena analysis.She is also certified in californian, sports and Momentum massage. Since 2007 she is a trainer at Attitude massage center in californian, body abandonment, body awareness and massage for pregnant women. Nancy is regularly invited to give intensive workshops and to present her short choreographic works in New York, Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rome, Stockholm, Hamburg, Zurich, Oslo and Paris.

Eroca Nicols is an international performance art and body nerd. Her alter ego and company, Lady Janitor combs the globe looking for places to incite radical moments of art chaos, consume massive amounts of coffee, wear amazing unisuits and confer with movers and thinkers of all varieties. Eroca is currently known a dancer/choreographer/teacher but her multiplitous practice stems from a family of semi-mystical nomadic trailer people, years working as a janitor, and a BFA in video/performance art and sculpture from California College of the Arts (formerly and Crafts.) Her teaching, dancing and training are deeply influenced in her continued study of choreography, anatomy, biomechanics and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. She is super stoked to be all over the world including stints as Teaching Artist in Residence at The Whole Shebang in Philadelphia and at various festivals and institutions including The School of Making Thinking in NYC, P-af/performing arts forum in France, ImPulsTanz in Vienna and Studio 303 in Montreal. Eroca is a Chalmers Research Fellow, and investigates death, ritual and performance with healers and conveners around the globe.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

PRESENCE / FOCUS / AVAILABILITY — PETER JAMES (MTL)

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Feb. 19 to 23, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

“Wowowowowowowow! Amazing! Super inspiring. Generous group” – Dana Michel, 2011

Inside these workshops I experiment with and question presence, focus, and availability through exercises and improvisations, both free and directed. What do we escape? What do we transcend? “To be” vs “ To seem,” The object/subject”. The social masks, the classes, the codes, the signs. How do we put our fingers on the pulse of these paradoxes, paradigms, this complexity that carries the performing arts? How can we get around or redirect the constraints and obstacles, and use them? Here what resonates with me is the human, with its faults, ambivalence, grey zones, and its imperfection in being. In summation, its defining features. It’s with this material, these states that we fabricate, invent the very substance of these workshops. The raw material of humans that participates. Exploration of : hold and release, abandon, absence, to forget everything in mastering this. Listening, to be on the lookout, to lose oneself. The duration, the silence, the chaos, space and time, the luxury of flying from time to time! To blur the path, the borders between dance and theater and performance art. The non-playing game, representation, anti-dance through trance, minimalism, repetition, up until hyper-expressionism. In brief, to enter into this workshop like entering an experience in a state of waking, survival, and adaptation. Something initiatory, a ritual!

An interdisciplinary intergenerational live art maker, Peter James works with dance, theatre, performance, circus while blurring boundaries and confusing performance and representation codes as much as possible. He has been doing this for thirty years in France, Belgium, Toronto and Québec. He is a playwright, art director, performer and artistic coach for his own projects and for other artists including Nicolas Cantin, Manuel Roque, Dana Michel, Stéphane Gladyzewski as well as at the National Circus School.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

INDIGENOUS MOVEMENT NARRATIVES, EXPLORING CONTEMPORARY COASTAL DANCE — MARGARET GRENIER (VANCOUVER)

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Nov. 13 to 16 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m (Mon-Thu)
$50 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
In collaboration with the MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels)

Dancers of Damelahamid Flicker by Margaret Grenier
Presented by Danse Danse, November 14-18, 2017 @ La Cinquième Salle

The Dancers of Damelahamid will facilitate a movement-based workshop centred on the contemporary Coastal Indigenous dance form. In addition, participants will gain awareness of the dynamic and innovative qualities of current Indigenous dance practices. Through basic dance instruction, exploratory work, partnered improvisation, as well as sourcing through song and narrative, participants will engage in the shared experience of dance.

Nb: Some dance experience is recommended. Participants are asked to dress comfortably and wear moccasins or bare feet.

Margaret Grenier is the Executive and Artistic Director for the Dancers of Damelahamid. Her choreographed works include Setting the Path 2004, Sharing the Spirit 2007, Visitors Who Never Left 2009, Dancing our Stories 2010, Spirit Transforming 2012, In Abundance 2014, and Flicker 2016. Margaret Grenier has directed and produced the Coastal First Nations Dance Festival since 2008. She holds a Masters of Arts in Arts Education at Simon Fraser University. She was a sessional instructor at Simon Fraser University for Foundations in Aboriginal Education, Language and Culture in 2007.  Margaret Grenier was faculty for the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Dance Residency in 2013. Margaret Grenier presented at the World Indigenous Peoples Conference on Education in Australia 2008, Peru 2011, and Hawaii 2015. She serves on the Board for The Dance Centre as well as the Canadian Dance Assembly.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

MORE THAN NAKED – DORIS UHLICH + DJ BORIS KOPEINIG (VIENNA)

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Apr. 2 to 6, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$90 (Emploi-Quebec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English

“Doris held the space with such generosity and enthusiasm (…) a great energetic and liberating experience as an individual and collective body.” Camille Jemelen

Starting point of the workshop is the naked body. We search for movement that can emerge only with and through the naked body – what dynamics lie in weight, in flesh, in fat, in skin and sweat? We work on my fatdance technique, we let our flesh fly and give the body a voice. Which forms of robustness and fragility can be discovered in a naked body? The objective is a “dancerly materialism” that before anything else takes the body as material seriously, instead of degrading it to the role of the fetish or object or turning it into a metaphoric or poetic ideology. We celebrate the materiality of the body with the motto: “Let´s party our body!” and ask ourselves what it means nowadays to undress and set the naked body in motion.

This time, I will have a collaborateur in the workshop – Boris Kopeinig, a Techno DJ who I have been working with since 2014. He will dj live in the workshop. With him we will explore the relation of form and energy, we will discover physical channels for ectasy. A body is a brain boom tschak! Acivate the brain boom tschak! Remix the brain boom tschak! We will share researches of our Technotrilogy consisting of the works Universal Dancer, Ravemachine and Boom Bodies and my current interest in discovering the beastie side in the flesh.

Doris Uhlich is a choreographer and performer from Austria. She studied “Pedagogy for Contemporary Dance“ in the Conservatory of Vienna and has been creating own projects since 2006. She was mentioned as “Remarkable Emerging Choreographer“ in the Yearbook of Ballettanz 2008, “Dancer Of The Year” in the journal “tanz” 2011 and got the “award outstanding artist” in the performing arts category of the Austrian Ministry of Education, Art and Culture 2013. Her latest projects have been Uhlich (premiere Wiener Festwochen 2011), Come Back (premiere steirischer herbst 2012) and more than naked (premiere Impulstanz / Vienna 2013). She has taught in many places, including but not limited to; ImPulsTanz / Vienna, k3 / Tanzplan Hamburg, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, Tanzhaus Zürich, Theateracademy Helsinki, Beijing Fringe Festival / China, Academy Of Fine Arts / Vienna, Conservatory of Vienna.

Boris Kopeinig is an electronic media artist and DJ, based in Vienna (AT), working in the areas of techno, electronic music, video and internet art. His DJ sets are driven by technoid rhythms and synthetic frequencies, exploring zones of sound experimentation and dance floor celebration. For him electronic dance music is a futuristic take on ancient rituals that affect the consistency of body and perception.

Website: www.dorisuhlich.at


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

MUSICALITY AND PRESENCE — JOSÉE GAGNON (MTL)

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Sept. 11 to 14, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
+ Friday, September 15th, 2017 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

A musical approach to deepen the musical vocabulary in creation and performance.

How do we nourish our musicality and listening ability? This workshop tries to answer this question by diving into resonance, movement and the breath. Each day begins with a comprehensive and continuous warm up. From simple to complex, from exaltation to calm, all senses open to the language of music while the spirit of composition comes alive.Gradually, we will observe the movement that is present, the pulse that resounds, we will become familiar with the vital fluctuation of Yin and Yang. We will sense rhythm, harmony, dissonance, silences … We will connect form and intention. We will play with this inner personal music that is revealed by the body and space. To return to listening. Return to the anchor and the breath. Forget. And go with the flow of discovery.Participants may be invited to explore from personal material, text, song, dance etc, if they wish.

Josée Gagnon is a movement and voice artist. After studies in science and university education in contemporary dance, she developed a passion for voice, improvisation and energy arts. She studied, among others, with Richard Armstrong (Voice), Rhiannon (voice Improvisation), Hélène Martinez (vocals), Master Sun Gen Fa (Tai Chi Chuan) and Master Su R.A. (Qi Gong). Since 1987, Josée has worked in turn as a dancer, choreographer, coach, singer, teacher, artistic advisor and designer. In 2015, she revealed her singer-songwriter self with the release of her first album of songs Entre Flammes et Fumée. Active with Cirque du Soleil since 2002, Josée is recognized for her work in movement and stage presence with new artists and for the adaptation of creative numbers. With her vision of art that is accessible to all, Josée teaches regularly in various private and community centers.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

BODY RITUAL MOVEMENT — DIEGO PINON (MEX)

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Sep. 18 to 22, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$85 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English.

Body Ritual Movement WORKSHOP invites exploration of our physical and ethereal qualities through accessing our authentic states of reality. We link our individuality with the collectiveness. As deep as we venture into this process to open and share our intimacy, the more powerful our energetic-dance offering to others becomes. We can trust more in our true and essential expression emerging from the activation of the extraordinary energetic-emotional-centers of the body, through a high level of consciousness and concern of community, beyond any aesthetic convention, giving us a more useful sense of the corporal communication around our creative human needs of transformation ,- in or out side of the stage-, opening the possibility to recreate the original sense of ancestral rituals , to venerate, to take care , to heal ourselves and to develop our intuitive wisdom to continue evolving together, not only as artists but basically as a powerful-fragile humans looking to transcend the worldwide challenges in our present times.

Diego Pinon present a RITUAL DANCE proposal as a result of more than 35 years of exploration in different fields OF THE BODY EXPRESSION : artistic – stage ritual – therapeutic. He departs from his practice and research in it´s own Mexican Roots, Shamanistic and Energetic Mexican Training , integrating modern dance and theater as well a deep sense of the Ritual Traditions in Mexico, until he reached the meaningful connection with his Japanese guides from who get the Butoh influence. Diego Pinon believes it is possible to awake and blend the different sides of the human wisdom nested inside our DNA as pieces of a puzzle to redirect our collective destiny with respect and acknowledge to every human micro- culture as well to the Ancient Traditions, to Japanese Butoh and to any kind of modern body practice to expand consciousness, to assume more and more the process of transculturation where humanity is involved. In 1995 he established the term Butoh Ritual Mexicano and reestablishes a Body Ritual Movement like a way to synthesize his vision, following the intention to create a bridge between western and eastern cultures as well between our past and future horizons of evolution, Diego has been sharing his creative proposal in many countries since then, as a performer and as a guide.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

ATTITUDE/ PRESENCE/ STRUCTURE PERFORMATIVES — SYLVIE TOURANGEAU (QC)

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Feb. 26 to Mar. 2, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher.

“Sylvie Tourangeau offered a workshop where I could explore not only the fundamentals of performance, but my own fundamentals of presence. Wow, what a trip! I am excited to go back to my studio and try everything. Thank you!” Karine Bleau

Sylvie Tourangeau’s pedagogy comes from many practices of presence, and favors using the performative state of presence as a driving force for creation. Through a gradual learning process of practical exercises, presentations, dynamic feedback, constructive comments, and individual coaching, participants will experiment with their awareness of the present, states of mind, and authentic presence to channel the gestures and structures of performative actions.

Since 1978, Sylvie Tourangeau‘s work has brought forward the potential for transformation through performance. Her simple actions reveal a complex intimacy and take on unexpected meanings. Embodied presence generates a great ritual power. Her performances do not have a specific formal tendency, but are based on the circumstances emerging from direct communication. Since 1983, Sylvie Tourangeau has offered training in performance art and, recently, infiltrating art. Her intensive workshops are open to all artists in performance art, interdisciplinary art, and relational practices, and all creators interested in finding a performative art form. Considered a pioneer of performance art in Canada, Sylvie Tourangeau has published books and more than 50 articles on an important ensemble of performers. Currently, she is working with the TouVA collective (Anne Bérubé et Victoria Stanton) on a publication (due out in 2016) on the performative state.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

PRACTICING PERCEPTION – BRIGITTA WINKLER (BERLIN / NEW YORK)

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May 28 to Jun. 1, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to all professional performers, pedagogues as well as to advanced Tango dancers / In English

“Brigitta is a wonderful and insightful teacher, with a radical approach to tango” Miriam Ginestier

Practicing Perception – mindful interactions for an intimate dance
Where do we most deeply meet one another? Co-creation explored through Body Mind Centering and Tango – a partnering dance with revolutionary potential. Drawing from several somatic practises (BMC, Authentic Movement, Alexander Technique) and 30 years of teaching and performing dance theatre and Argentine Tango, Brigitta has devised effective and inspirational exercises to engage and encourage co-creation. Beginning with warm ups to stimulate inner space, the workshop will propose single, partnered and group compositions, as well as some Tango technique as a Body Mind language. These connected creativity explorations are useful tools for all body based disciplines including contemporary dance, theatre, and performance art.

Brigitta Winkler is a curious woman. She has studied, explored, and lived tango, dance, and somatics for 30 years. One of the first people to study in Buenos Aires in the early 1980’s, she later contributed to the Berlin tango scene and opened a dance studio in 1986 with her partners. She studied Alexander technique with Elisabeth Molle in Berlin and completed the 4 year Body Mind Centering program with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Massachusetts, and she incorporates both techniques into her teaching. Brigitta is a founding member of Tango Mujer which received the NEFA (New England Foundation of the Arts) grant. They have toured all over the USA including at the Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival. She is a frequent teacher in Russia and since 1995 has taught all over North America with her home base split between New York City and Berlin.

Website: www.brigittatango.de


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

MOVEMENTHROPOLOGY – KEYON GASKIN (PORTLAND)

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Sep. 25 to 29, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
In collaboration with VIVA! Art Action
Performance on October 4, 2017, 8PM – @ Atelier Jean-Brillant (105-661 Rue Rose-de-Lima)

Spending time in keyon’s company – whether that be in casual conversation on a sunny stoop, in a filmed group interview, witnessing their performances, or just knowing that keyon is somewhere sharing this universe with me – has become a gentle emergency. I feel richer as an artist as a human knowing that keyon is contributing to the mess. Their thinkings and doings are sideways, sensitive. Having keyon drop into our city is a lovely gift for those who are interested in going deep and letting unknown and familiar territories flash through them for a hot second. uh huh, but this hot second is likely to stick around in one’s processing for all kinds of eons…” – Dana Michel

keyon is an engaging and challenging performance-maker whose work I saw at American Realness in 2016. I am thrilled that they will be in Montreal to share their practice at Studio 303 and at the MAI” – Miriam Ginestier

Movementhropology
Lets examine and dissect our movement and bodies – attempt to trace the lineage of our movement patterns and see what it exposes to self and others – go deep into ourselves and bring something out – listen, talk, laugh, play, dance and engage in other ways – no movement or anthropology “training” necessary – all bodies welcome!

keyon gaskin prefers not to contextualize their performance.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

SKINNER RELEASING TECHNIQUE – ERYN DACE TRUDELL (MTL)

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April 9 to 13, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$80

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

« Eryn creates a conducive environment for learning: its softness, its consideration and non-judgment, opens the mind and body. Thank you very much! » Katie Belanger.

The Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) is an inclusive dance technique designed for professional dancers, actors, and musicians as well as for people with little or no formal dance training. It is a practice for all those with an interest in engaging in the dynamic dialogue between imagination and movement. Guided poetic imagery, music and hands-on partner studies facilitate deep kinaesthetic experience of movement. The practice stimulates the process of letting go of one’s tension and holding patterns releasing new possibilities in how we perceive and how we dance. SRT’s founding principals are based in the Alexander Technique and then applied to the dancer. Joan Skinner is the dance pioneer who began introducing concepts of Release into her teaching: resulting in an influential and alternative way of studying dance which has now influenced all contemporary dance practices as we know them today.

Eryn Dace Trudell is a dance artist, now living in Montreal. She has experience in all aspects of dance creation from the idea to the stage and beyond. Her career includes choreography and commissions from distinguished companies in theatre and opera, interpreting the vision of gifted choreographers and the presentation of her own work. She holds a BFA from Juilliard, is a certified teacher of Skinner Releasing Technique® and a powerful Contact Improvisor. As a mother since 2005, Eryn has been immersed in developing Mama dances! She is an active member of the Association of Contact Improvisation of Montreal (ACI), the Canadian Dance Alliance (CDA), the Regroupement Quebecois de la Danse (RQD) and the Canadaian Actors Equity Association (CAEA). She is a recipient of the Joysanne Sidimus Founders Award from the Dancers Transition Resource Centre.

www.eryndacetrudell.com


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

THE ORGANIC MECHANIC — TENTACLE TRIBE (MTL)

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Alex Gilbert

Apr. 23 to 27, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$100

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teachers

This technique class includes a mix of several influences converging into a strong and precise dance. A mix of concepts from breaking, popping and perhaps contemporary dance, will be the foundation of each exercise. Floor exercises, inversions, “freezes”, travelling across the floor to work on flow, dynamics and control. Refinement of concepts, where we’ll play with the mechanic and the organic in movements, to give it a sense of illusion and complexity.

Ottawa born Emmanuelle Lê Phan comes from a rather unique background of contemporary dance training paralleled with years of activity in the street dance world. As one of Canada’s most prominent b-girls, Emmanuelle, also known as B-girl Cleopatra, has competed and won many breaking competitions throughout Canada, the US and Sweden. She has been featured in music videos, commercials, dance films and often performs with Cirque Du Soleil Special Events dancing, choreographing, acting and stunt work.With her extensive knowledge of various street styles, and her schooling in contemporary dance, she gradually developed her own style of experimental dance. Having obtained her BFA in contemporary dance from Montreal’s Concordia University, she pursued her ambitions of performance and creation by cofounding Solid State Breakdance Collective and dancing for Rubberbandance Group. In 2005, she was part of Cirque Du Soleil’s nine-month creation of The Beatles LOVE Show working with choreographer Dave St-Pierre and performed in Las Vegas for 2 years. In 2009, she joined Cirque Eloize, working with choreographer Mourad Merzouki, in the creation and touring of ID a hiphop/circus show. Emmanuelle came back to work with Rubberbandance for the Gravity of Center production and occasionally dances for the Bboyizm Dance Company. She remains active in the street dance community by battling in break and all-style categories representing her all-female Legendary Crew and has been judging break and experimental battles in the past few years. In 2012, she cofounds Tentacle Tribe with Swedish choreographer Elon Höglund creating magnetic duets such as Body to Body, When They Fall, Nobody Likes a Pixelated Squid and Fractals of You, which have been presented in over 30 international cities.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

INSIDE THE MUSIC- FAIZAL DDAMBA (UGANDA)

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Kibazzi Photography

Oct. 23 to 27, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English

Music: When vocals or instrumental sounds are combined in a way to produce a beauty of form, harmony, and expression of emotion.

When we allow our bodies to go inside the music we can access our consciousness that will shape further decisions for our presence in posture. This workshop will involve exploring technical, complex, improvisational and physical movement vocabularies from African drum music to digital / experimental music and rhythms. It aims to develop the dancers’ musicality, creative mind, speed, control (determination) and decisions they take as their bodies become instruments during and after the workshop. The music in this session is very important. It will challenge, inspire, motivate you and surprise your body’s strength.
Note: bring your knee pads!

I’m a performing versatile artist in dance, choreography, social work and music production. My expertise in dance includes Breaking, Popping, Hip-Hop, House dance and Contemporary, fusing it all with African (Ugandan) traditional dance forms and rhythms. The fusion develops a unique abstract, rhythmic and groovy Texture. My music production focus and interest is to give Ugandan traditional instruments and organic rhythms a poetic electronized instrumentalism and to tell stories to the world that has never been told before. The motivation behind its work is to preserve and develop African cultural heritage. My work is specifically focusing on self-acceptance finding and realizing inner strength, relating it to our daily life routines and asking ourselves who we are, who we think we are and who the world thinks we are? Using dance and music as mediums I have shown a positive perspective of African nations to the young and old people around the world through international competitions, teaching and theater performances. In 2017, I won the first place at Geometry of dance in the Popping category in Germany and in 2014 I won the first place at Afrohouse battle, Batalo East dance fest, Uganda. I was a finalist in the experimental category of Juste debout international, France in 2014. In 2016, I created, choreographed and musically composed Empty the space in which I also perform. In 2016, I taught a workshop at ImPulsTanz festival, Vienna.

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All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

ACROBALANCE — LILI BONIN (MTL)

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Nov. 27 to Dec. 1, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

Hand-to-hand is the art of acrobatic partner lifts.
This discipline can be learned at any age and adapted to all body types.
Depending on the body-shape of the people practicing it, their weight, strength and flexibility, the possibilities vary and personal style emerges.
In this workshop for everyone, no prerequisite is required: the exercises will be adapted to the possibilities of the bodies present. Poses will be explored in pairs, trio and small groups. The workshops requires comfort with touch; we will practise respect for personal boundaries but participants must be aware of the possibility of involuntary touch.
Each workshop will propose a warm up with an alternative approach that aims to wake up motor functions and activate organic patterns of movement in the body.
Customized educational exercises will be carried out to prepare the neuro-motor system, sharpen body awareness skills, proprioception and spatial orientation in order to put the body and mind in mutual trust to achieve certain hand-to-hand and group pyramids.

Eliane Bonin, a.k.a. Lili la Terreur from Carmagnole (a progressive and experimental alternative carnival), is an activist artist specializing in the circus arts since 2000. Her work as a performer upends convention and attacks assumptions, and as an organiser she prioritizes artists’ emancipation and artistic freedom. For her, the stage is a pulpit from which she preaches anti-oppression rage, and propagates anti- social control propaganda.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

WISDOM OF THE MOVING BODY — CATHERINE FABIOLA LESSARD (MTL)

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Celine Babin

Celine Babin

March 12 to 16, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$100

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher.

This approach to Authentic Movement is based on the work and vision of Zoe Avstreih, which provides a freeing method and an access to memories engraved on the body tissues themselves. This stimulates an intrinsic creativity, and a capacity of being oneself beyond conventions or social conditioning, providing agency to our experience, and favouring a focussed presence richly empathic to oneself and the other. Authentic Movement can be used for creative ends as much as for personal development. It is a form that nourishes the dance artist, who searches for authentic movement, felt, inhabited, and rich honesty and deep conviction. It also nourishes those who seek a sincere connection with themselves, to enable an existential personal development. Rooted in Art Therapy practices, Authentic Movement, due to its simplicity and its fidelity to the body as a guide, has become in the past years a revisited tool for somatic educators, dancers, choreographers, therapists and people looking for holistic wisdom.
In this workshop we will first explore the “mover” role, as a channel for harvesting information and fundamental physical vocabulary. We will also explore the role of the “witness”, who helps discover serving as mirror, as well as yielding to the supporting force of the collective.

For 20 years, Catherine Fabiola Lessard transmits with passion and coherence the basic principles of Authentic Movement, Somatic Education, Dance Improvisation and Contact Improvisation.
A renowned teacher in Canada, she is also often invited internationally by institutions and associations (specially in America and Europe). She studies and performs with widely known artists like Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff and Zoe Avstreih among others. She also has vast experience in Body-Mind Centering and Butoh, as well as studies in music and administration.
Known interpreter and performer in several improvisational pieces such as Un peu de vie… (2008), Où est Martha? (2011) and Corps Poème (2013 à 2017), Catherine Fabiola has also been president of the Contact Dance Improvisation Association of Montreal from 2007 to 2009, and coach of the Imprudences from 2009 to 2011. She is currently guest teacher at the Dance Department at UQAM University as well as moderator of Biodanza.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

A DEEP EXPLORATION OF THE USE OF TIME IN COMPOSITION — SARAH BILD (MTL)

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Sarah Bild

May 14 to 18, 2018 – 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher.

How do we convey an eternal present, a constant state, as opposed to movement through time, movement forward into becoming?
Through personal exploration in improvisation we will explore different qualities of presence and our own relationship with time: how it feels from the inside and how it is read from the outside. We will work on short studies, share them with the group and learn to speak about what we see. Using improvisational methods from Action Theater™, Sarah Bild will guide us through rich explorations that will awaken our creative impulses. We will approach composition from an internal experience, to hone our intuition and honour our creative instincts.

Sarah Bild is a Montreal dance artist and choreographer, has been creating, teaching and performing in Montreal and throughout Canada for the last 25 years. She teaches composition at L’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal and has trained intensively with Ruth Zaporah, founder of Action Theater™. Now a certified teacher in the technique, Sarah is the first to teach the practice in Quebec. Choreographer/performer Sarah Bild follows an instinctual stream of physical imagery to create deeply textured and organic works of dance. Through the use of viscerally embodied movement, voice and text, she creates worlds rich in dreamlike psychological imagery. Her visually impressive solo and group works, presented for the last 25 years in venues and festivals across Canada, raise questions about the human presence on this planet.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

OPEN SOURCE FORMS WITH VOICE AND MOVEMENT — SUSANNA HOOD (MTL)

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Jillian Willcott

Jillian Willcott

Jan. 22 to 26, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$90

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

Having received her certification in Open Source Forms (OSF) in 2010, Susanna offers this method as the main container for an exploration into the moving, sounding, creative self. As an ‘ open source ’ system, OSF is focused on creative empowerment of the individual and guided by the philosophy that the source of creativity and wisdom is available in each of us. OSF is based on decades of continuing research and practice in movement, improvisation and performance, and is also inspired by some of the intrinsic ideas and spirit of Skinner Releasing with the evolving practices of its teachers. The class guides participants through different states of consciousness in an improvisational setting, using imagery as a powerful tool for transformation, and weaving together various ways to warm the body, voice, and the imagination into a ready state of physicality.

Performer and creator in dance and music, Susanna Hood has developed a unique body of work that draws on an integration of movement, voice, live music, and theatre. Currently working independently in Montreal, she was the Artistic Director of hum, a Toronto-based interdisciplinary performance company from 2000 to 2013. Susanna Wood has been teaching and coaching individuals and groups in voice and movement integration since 1999 and has taught Improvisation, Creative Process, and Composition at the School of the Toronto Dance Theatre and l’Ecole de Danse Contemporain de Montréal respectively. Since 2013, she works as a teacher trainer in Open Source Forms (OSF). In collaboration with fellow artist, Sarah Bild, Susanna is the co-director of La Poêle, a studio space in Montreal, dedicated to supporting research, creation, and exploration.

Website: http://susannahood
Website: www.lapoele307.wordpress.com


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

BODY RESONANCE — YUMIKO YOSHIOKA (BERLIN)

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May 8 to 12, 2018 – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Tues-Sat)
$140 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English

“Yumiko is an exceptional teacher, devoted, attentive and listening and always present.” Anonymous

The main focus of this workshop is a conscious research of our body/mind/soul unification, so we can deeply enjoy the intrinsic process of metamorphosis through the spirit of dance. Body resonance is the key to opening up the doors of the ever-changing world inside and outside of us, which helps the body to unfold its secrets, holding them up until they shine and tremble. Everything is in resonance with each other. Through a dialogue with our body, we can learn to be moved by inner and outer forces, thus realizing we are a part of the Universe. A dance of metamorphosis inevitably appears. This workshop is based on butoh and organic movement.

In the early seventies and eighties, Yumiko Yoshioka was a member of the first Japanese women’s Butoh dance company, Ariadone. In 1978, she performed with Ko Murobushi and Carlotta Ikeda in Le Dernier Eden (Paris), the first Butoh performance outside of Japan. From 1988 to 1994, she was an active member of German-Japanese dance theatre company “Tatoeba – Theatre Danse Grotesque”. In 1995, Yumiko founded the art-formation group “Ten Pen Chii art labor” with visual artist Joachim Manger (Germany). Yumiko researches the interactivity between dance, space, and visual art, moving away from conventional Butoh dance. She explores new zones in body works and performing arts in her collaborations with Joachim Manger and other artists.

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All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration
- Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash and now email!

Reimbursement policy
- No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

CONTORTION FOR ALL — ANDRÉANE LECLERC (MTL)

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Frédéric Chais

Feb. 5 to 9, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher.

Contortion is a corporeal technique, which in a constant dialogue with one’s own body, is looking for openness rather than wanting to bend. Never pushing the boundaries, we learn to collaborate with them in a total respect of the body – your tool, your partner.
Contortion is also a hyper consciousness of the sensations of the body’s interior and a dialogue between its limits and its aides. This workshop is about demystifying contortion and making it accessible to everyone by sharing a technique that avoids possible injuries.
This technical workshop (specific warming up, alignment, endurance, specific reinforcement followed by cool-down exercises) is based on active flexibility exercises and deep stretching of the hips and the back. We will work the body’s awareness, breathing, posture and endurance. This workshop addresses all body artists who wish to improve, use, or control their flexibility; to discover a new approach to the body; to open itself to new tools to work in better ways; to develop a confidence and knowledge about its own body limits that allows them to venture into a specific and particular work with the spine; to dip into interior sensation of the body and to open a new approach using this knowledge.
Contortionism doesn’t signify “being flexible.” It is a physical technique that one learns and works with. There is no secret.

What people says about the workshop:
“Andréane Leclerc presented “Contortion for All”, a deep and subtle investigation of interiority and bodily limits. With direct and sophisticated cues to build awareness of healthy joint mobility and space within the body, Leclerc presented a grounded yet phenomenological approach to building a contortion practice. With a fundamental focus on the cleansing of the spine, a deepening of the core in all dimensions through the use of spirals, figure-8’s, and half-circles reminiscent of the foundations of gyrotonic, Andréane Leclerc’s process emerges from an intuitive standpoint that reflects a depth of conceptual research in her own practice. This combination provides a unique perspective and example for artists with interest in extending flexibility into the concept of their work“ . Brandy Leary – Contemporary Circus Art Festival of Toronto

Founder of Nadere Performing Arts (www.naderartsvivants.com), Andréane Leclerc graduated from the National Circus School of Montreal in 2001. Driven by a desire to harness contortion technique as a malleable material that is capable of generating a world of sensation and imagery beyond the spectacular, she now creates her own experimental and conceptual performances – Di(x)parue (2008), Insuccube (2012), Eat Me (2013), Bath House (2013), Cherepaka (2014), Sculptural body (2014 )and The Whore of Babylon (2015). In 2013, she finished a masters degree on circus dramaturgy in the Theater department at Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) under the direction of Marie-Christine Lesage. Actually in a co-creation with the dancer and choreographer Dany Desjardins called Sang Bleu, Andreane has a particular interest in the scenes that pushes limits out (cabarets, Edgy Women Festival, Short and Sweet, Piss in the Pool, Salon K). She continues to interpret for choreographers and directors such as Peter James (Famille Déjantée), Angela Konrad (Variations pour une déchéance annoncée) and Theatre Republique in Denmark (The Tiger Lillies performs Hamlet, 2016). Since 2014, Andreane gives workshops around the world for circus artist: Acrobatic dialogue and Contortion technique. Recently, Andréane also offers Contortion for All that aims to demystify and undo clichés inherent to the art of contortion by introducing a strong technique and giving tools to allow movements throughout the whole spine.

Website: www.nadereartsvivants.com


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

THE FALLING BODY — DANA GINGRAS (MTL)

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Catherine Chagnon

Mar. 5 to 9, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$65 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English

The workshop will be presented as a series of kinetic explorations combining skills and practices of rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight. Drawn from various systems that aim to establish connections that develop a freedom and efficiency of movement and simultaneously awaken the senses and strengthen the nervous system. Special attention will be paid to increasing the functional capacity and fluid articulation of the spine. Working from a supple, dynamic core participants will be led through task-based exercises to generate movement that further explores the concepts of gravity and anti-gravity while expanding their range of spatial awareness. These explorations will feed the development of material that integrates the physical possibilities and qualities of an unstable equilibrium with intention and presence.

Dana Gingras is a choreographer, performer, film-maker and teacher. She founded Animals of Distinction (AoD) in 2006. It was initially formed as a satellite organization beneath the larger auspices of acclaimed company The Holy Body Tattoo which she co-founded in 1993. AoD is the framework that Dana uses to explore how choreographic and kinaesthetic thought can extend into different art forms and curated collaborations.The work of AoD has been presented nationally and internationally across many different platforms including live performance, film, design, visual art and new media. As a teacher Dana is a Specialized Level I and Level II GYROKINESIS Master Trainer and a GYROTONIC Master Trainer having studied closely with the system’s founder Juliu Horvath since 2002. She has taught at numerous dance festivals, studios and universities both nationally and internationally. Dana is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre and Long Term Artist in Residence at CCOV.

Website: https://vimeo.com/user8140869


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

THE CLOWN VISION: THE PRESENT MOMENT — RÉMI JACQUES (MTL)

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Nov. 15 to 17 – 1:30 p.m to 5 p.m. (Wed-Fri)
Nov. 20 to 24 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$210 (limited space, send your CV/bio)

Open to artists of all disciplines with a good physical condition / Bilingual teacher, workshop mainly in French

The three afternoons will be dedicated to a meticulous and precise bodily preparation; a physical and mental training that will enable to establish the fundamentals of clown work for the following week. The full week proposes fundamental exercises in order to facilitate the different choices that exist within clowning. This vision can be worked, crafted and refined in order to develop a vast repertory of actions/reactions possible within the clown work. Ego and artist’s pride have no space at clown work. We will be learning to respond to “no”, to “yes”, with special attention to the reaction of the answer. Something that seems simple, however it is very complex because of social life constructs which encourage us to blend in. We will prioritize clown work that is based on emotion, refinement and truth, rather than on pre-made jokes. Half of the week will be focused on walks, laugh, generating moments… Afterwards, the work of the “clown number”, the comprehension of clown rules, how to have a sense of timing, how to bring all of this further, funnier, and more honest.
Quite a week ha!

Rémi Jacques has been clowning for over 20 years. He has completed master classes with artist from all over the globe. His research on different styles and genres has enabled him to develop his own vision of clown work; sensitive, fun, and free. He has been teaching since 2008 in different schools of circus, dance and theatre all over the world.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

A FIGHTING WORKSHOP — FLORENTINA HOLZINGER AND BTISSAME AMADOUR (AT/NL)

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Florentina Holzinger

Dec. 4 to 8, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$ 90 (Emploi-Québec)

People of ANY background and physical condition are welcome / In English.

In this class we will recruit warriors, assuming that this will result in better artistry.
We use the preparation a fighter undergoes to prepare for our artistic work. We start from a place of physical challenge, taking inspiration from martial arts and boxing training. We will work on condition, on pads, with partners, and prepare ourselves for some sparring, the pas de deux of the ring. Even though we want to spend time on obtaining actual fighting technique, our focus will be the act of pursuing it, of undergoing a training together and appropriating it for our practice. How can we use the preparation for the ring as a preparation to make dance or art? What if the preparation of the fighter is an artistic process? We want to explore the exchangability of physical disciplines as a tool for dancers, makers and creative people. In that spirit we also investigate the performativity of the collaboration happening between trainer and trainee, coach and student, personal trainer and client.
In this Workshop we will transform our body into a weapon to serve our dreams.

“Fear is the greatest obstacle for learning in any area, but in particular in boxing. For example, boxing you learn through repetition. You do it over and over and suddenly you’ve got it… however in the course of trying to learn, if you get hit and you get hurt, that makes you cautious, and when you’re cautious you can’t repeat it and when you can’t repeat it, it’s going to delay the learning process…” – Cus D’Amato, trainer of Mike Tyson

Florentina Holzinger (AT/NL) studied choreography at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in the Amsterdamse Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. She received the danceWEB Scholarship in 2008 and in 2011 at ImPulsTanz Vienna. Her Diploma Solo work Silk got awarded the Prix Jardin d’Europe at the lmPulsTanz Festival 2012. Her collaboration with Vincent Riebeek resulted in a trilogy of pieces – Kein Applaus für Scheisse, Spirit, and Wellness – that quickly gave them a name in the scene and still tours all over the world. Florentina Holzinger developed her group work Recovery in autumn 2015 which built the foundation for a series of workshops concerning the relation of fighting, self defence and art. The Trilogy with Vincent Riebeek found continuation in the making of Schönheitsabend – Tänze des Lasters, des Grauens und der Extase. Florentina is Co-Author and Performer of the Webseries Body and Freedom, shot at Berliner Festspiele, which will be available to online viewers worldwide from spring 2017 on. She is currently artist in residence at the International Choreographic Arts Center ICK Amsterdam. Florentina will premier her newest show Apollon Musagete in September 2017 at Steirischer Herbst in Graz/AT.

Btissame Amadour (NL) studied at the Sports Academy and Dance Academy in Amsterdam. As a sports coach she is working at Nike EHQ in The Netherlands, where she inspires others to find their talents. She has a black belt in Taekwondo. Btissame and Florentina met through the work for the performance Recovery


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

GAGA/ DANCERS & IMPROVISATION / COMPOSITION — LAURA TOMA (MTL)

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Gadi Dagon

Gadi Dagon

May 21 to 25, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$120

Open to professional dancers / Bilingual teacher.

Gaga is the movement language developed by the Artistic Director of the Batsheva Dance Company, Ohad Naharin, and is part of the company’s daily training regime. Each day the workshop will begin with a Gaga/dancers class. This class is open to professional dancers or advanced dance students ages 16+. Gaga/dancers classes are built on the same principles as Gaga/people classes but also employ the specific vocabulary and skills that are part and parcel of a dancer’s knowledge. The layering of familiar movements with Gaga tasks presents dancers with fresh challenges, and throughout the class, the teacher prompt the dancers to visit more unfamiliar places and ways of moving. The rest of the time will be spent either deepening certain concepts explored in class, learning how to use Gaga in the framework of improvised dance, working through phrases from Laura Toma’s own repertory, or researching how the Gaga phrases can be used in composition to create more exciting, self-aware, and richer choreography.

Laura Toma is a graduate of the professional program at The School of Dance in Ottawa and holds a diploma in Dance Studies from the Laban Centre in London. Her professional development has included training at P.A.R.T.S. in Belgium and with the company Ate9 in Los Angeles. In 2012, she graduated from the first official Gaga Teacher Training Program in Tel Aviv, Israel under the mentorship of Ohad Naharin. Ms. Toma is the first certified Gaga teacher in Canada and has taught for Compagnie Marie Chouinard, the RQD, l’ÉDCMTL, and L’École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, among others. She is a founding member of LA TRESSE dance collective and has been a part of Andrea Peña and Artists since 2014. In June of 2016 Laura performed at the Venice Biennale of Dance for Israeli/French choreographer Emanuel Gat.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

FEELING DANCING – KELLY KEENAN (MTL)

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Omer Yukseker

Omer Yukseker


Oct. 16 to 20, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75

Open to professional dancers / Bilingual teacher.

I am interested how we can sense movement akin to how we sense touch. I am interested in how different images, models and metaphors can guide and shape our experience. I am interested in expanding our ways of body knowing; in diving through the clumsy to emerge in grace. Last but not least, I am deeply interested in the pleasure and joy of dancing!
In these morning trainings we will do perception heightening exercises. You can expect to do some somatic exploration of movement ideas, repeated loops of short co-ordinations, partner-work and choreographed dances. These classes will weave from floor to standing and I hope to leave you glazed with sweat, smiling and feeling fully flossed!

Kelly Keenan is a montreal based dance artist and teacher. Her fascination of the perceptive capacity of the body is reflected in both her teaching and artistic work. Her teaching strives to create a positive, physical and experimental context for movers to experience refinement, pleasure and empowerment through dance. She’s intrigued by multiple ways of body knowing. Some influences include Anatomy Trains, Cranio Sacral, the Axis Syllabus, Material for the Spine and anatomy. Kelly Keenan is a reputed teacher in Montreal who teaches locally and further abroad in Canada and internationally for festivals and pre-professional and professional dance institutions (as well as DIY workshops facilitated by the proactive grass-roots type!). Kelly’s artistic work attempts to include felt experience in the sensorium of the spectator. This has resulted in hybrid form creations, for example, A Practice (2013) a performance and workshop, in collaboration with Adam Kinner, and Be Still and Know Me (2017), a solo performance lecture. She has collaborated with Kira Kirsch, Adam Kinner, Catherine Lavoie Marcus and more recently in projects with Katie Ward, Sara Hanley and Maria Kefirova. She is a hobby arts administrator on the Board of Director’s of Studio 303 and organizer of the Movement Educators Forum.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

RUPTURE — MAYFIELD BROOKS (NY)

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Amar Puri

Amar Puri

Apr. 16 to 20, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English.

The workshop is open to artists of all disciplines, professional dancers and choreographers who would like to expand their technique in vocal work, practice risky dance improvisation, and learn embodied research tools that expand the boundaries of dance theory!

RUPTURE: We practice performance training rooted in embodied inquiry. We rigorously apply transgressive politics and physical ruptures to sustain movement practice. We exhaust ourselves. There is a rhythm that the dancer finds, creates and destroys. We reimagine the space-time continuum, INTERRUPT what is expected in a dance phrase or series of gestures and engage in sensorial surprise. What does all of this mean? Simply that we improvise dances in a break or a stillness that carries rhythm, while experimenting with interrupting that flow by limiting the senses, speaking in tongues or performing a task with limited mobility or multiple obstacles. We negotiate rupture in a dance, song or story and intervene in what’s expected.

Mayfield brooks improvises while black, and is currently based in brooklyn, New York. mayfield also works as an artist scholar, cultural worker, farmer & movement-based performance artist. They studied contemporary dance at the school for new dance (sndo) in amsterdam, moving on center in Oakland in California; and holds two master’s degrees in performance. Mayfield brooks investigates “the body” as a questionable conceptual construct & is most curious about intersectional politics, cultural organizing, gender fuck, ancestral memory, the afterlife of slavery, and dance improvisation in interstitial spaces. Mayfield brooks is currently an artist in residence at Movement Research in New York City.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

MOVEMENT CULTURE (HYBRID MOVEMENT, CREATIVITY AND PERFORMANCE) — CHARLES KORONEHO (NZ)

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Dec. 11 to 15, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$150 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English.

This 5 – day intensive is designed as an open level creative workshop for the professional performing artists and researchers in dance, theatre and visual arts. Daily practices will investigate movement cultures and hybrid training, improvisation, creativity and performance.

Mornings
Movement Culture Workshop explores spatial activation, an eclectic movement vocabulary, set and improvised material within a continuous movement field. Hybrid movement sessions are fast paced; emphasizing the moving body in space, improved mobility, speed, coordination and spatial orientation. Training is focused on hybridizing dance, body weather laboratory, mau rakau, martial arts and somatic research practices. Movement sessions may include work with objects, partnered bodywork, specific stretching, relaxation exercises focused on breathing, alignment and contact.

Morning sessions will be accompagnied by the musician Francis Pomerleau

Afternoons
Tua o Te Arai is an exploration of bereavement, funeral practices and lamentation. The workshop will focus on funeral, cemetery and burial art to explore movement and improvisation for performance making. Creativity sessions explore sensitivity training, structured improvisation and specific techniques for developing a body of internal landscapes, performance persona and characterizations.

Sessions are designed to sharpen focus and develop a diverse range of choreographic explorations, performance devising, scripting or co-authoring and may be experienced as individuals, in small groups or larger ensemble.

All aspects of the workshop are considered performance situations; it is encouraged that participants bring their current artistic ideas, research and movement practices to explore the workshops creative activities.

A protean artist, Charles Koroneho works in the fields of performance, culture and the visual arts. Te Toki Haruru is a conceptual platform created by Koroneho to explore the intersection between dance, theatre and the visual arts. Te Toki Haruru projects are presented as research, workshops and performances exploring the collision between Maori cosmology, New Zealand society and global cultures. He is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance and Elam School of Fine Arts. He has performed extensively in New Zealand and abroad with Te Toki Haruru, Lemi Ponifasio MAU and worked in collaboration with Min Tanaka and Guillermo Gomez-Pena. He shares his vision of performance by providing movement, improvisation and performance workshops for dancers, actors, performance artists and movement enthusiasts. He supports the dance and performance community as a mentor and works as an associate artist with Lemi Ponifasio MAU.

Francis Pomerleau has been a professional drummer for more than thirty years for musical projects and with singer-songwriters of many different styles including pop, rock, funk, folk, world, blues, rhythm’n blues and jazz. He is also an accompanist percussionist in contemporary dance since 20016 for several institutions: Ballet Divertimento, Springboard Danse Mntréal, TransFormation Danse (Danse à la Carte), Concordia’s Dance department as well as UQAM’s and Cégep de Saint-Laurent’s, École Supérieure de Ballet du Québec, École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, O Vertigo, Ballets Jazz de Montréal, Toronto Dance Theater and Académie Flamenca (flamenco).

The percussion instruments he plays are originally Cuban (bongos, congas), South American (cajon), North and South African (tar, djembe, tamböa) and Irish (bodhran). He also uses a wild range of other drum instruments of diverse origins that enhance his soundscapes range, including rain stick, Tibetan bol, spring drum and ocean drum. His playing includes a lot of improvisation, either by a nuanced and dynamic rhythm background or by the exploration and creation of soundscapes. Presently, he is in the creative process of a project involving two contemporary jig dancers exploring grooves, rhythmic sound textures and body percussions.

Website: www.tetokiharuru.com


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

CANCELED / SEIZE THE DECISIVE MOMENT IN INSTANTANEOUS CHOREOGRAPHY — ANDREW D.L. HARWOOD (MTL)

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Andrew Harwood

Jan. 15 au 19, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. à 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to choreographers, professionals dancers and improvisation advanced students / Bilingual teacher

Improvisational dance is a demanding form of instantaneous composition. Moreover, it is a highly sophisticated idiom that necessitates a training of body, mind and creative spirit. Through a sustained awareness, a tuning of our senses and a nurturing of subtle inner perception into external action, we will observe and awaken our curiosity/imagination for real-time composition. What is so wonderful about the medium of improvisation is that suddenly the elements erupt before you, just like that, and it is essential to seize them… You must not analyze or judge or think. The rest of the time, yes, you do have to examine methodically and question, but at that moment, you must throw caution to the wind and dive in.

Here are some of the questions this laboratory will seek to address: Can we seize the moment, harness our habits and use all our known and unknown resources wisely? Do we truly care for our dances and can we take them to another level? Do we recognize we are part of a bigger picture and can we be attentive to everything all at once? Can we do less and accomplish more? Can we expand our comfort zone and survive clumsy moments converting them into artistic material? Can we sustain a duet or a solo or an ensemble dance for a long time, or move from one formation to another seamlessly, or just as easily leave it all suddenly without attachment?

Some thoughts to inspire our inquiries:
Moving like we breathe. Taking pleasure in the absence of doing. Activating the pathways between the physical and the intangible. Tasting time, without using it. Imagining the impossible. Boosting up your game. Activating the pathways between the physical and the intangible. Giving myself permission to feel pleasure in awkward situations. Training ourselves to ‘let-it-happen’. Heating up our presence to imperceptible things. Playing lightly/seriously with our how-to-be, our know-how and our not-knowing. Keeping it simple is ironically quite difficult.

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood began his dance career in 1975 and for over forty years has dedicated himself to the research, education, development and dissemination of improvisation as sophisticated movement disciplines and performing art forms. After three years of intensive studies in contemporary dance, he quickly gravitated toward contact improvisation and compositional improvisation which allowed him to exploit a much greater freedom of expression while integrating other movement disciplines such as gymnastics, athletics, yoga, meditation, aikido, Alexander technique, Authentic Movement, release technique and various other somatic approaches. He studied and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, the founders of contact improvisation and danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum as well as for choreographers Paul-André Fortier, Tedd Robinson et Daniel Soulières. He was also a member of the improvisational ensembles The Echo Case, The Improvisational Movement Fund, and Discovery Bal. Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions (2000-2014) he has collaborated in creation and performance with Marc Boivin, Benoît Lachambre, Lin Snelling, Marc Béland, Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken, Kirstie Simpson, Ray Chung, Lisa Nelson, Benno Voorham among many others.
Passionate about teaching since 1978, he has taught and performed worldwide at numerous well-known international dance festivals and at most major international contact improvisation festivals as well. He teaches regularly at many local institutions such as l’École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal, l’Université du Québec à Montréal, The School of Dance-Ottawa, Circuit-Est and at Studio 303. He has also taught at Concordia University, the National Theatre School, TransFormations, En Piste, and the Cirque du Soleil. Furthermore, he has trained the distinguished companies of Marie Chouinard, O’ Vertigo Danse, Les Sept Doigts de la Main, Nyata Nyata, EDAM Dance and Dance Makers. He is the recipient of the Canada Council’s Jacqueline-Lemieux award for the year 2000.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

ORIENTING TO SELF — LAUREE WISE (NY)

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Lauree Wise
Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English.

Our capacity to perceive our own movement evolved before any of the other outer senses’, and is thus fundamental to our survival and creative expression. Subtle sensory organs of the vestibular system in the inner ear, and proprioceptors throughout the body, continually attend to where we are, how we are moving, balancing, and relating in gravity and space. In this workshop we engage in a multimodal process of embodying our own vestibular system as an access to self-orientation. Daily classes will include guided movement explorations, experiential anatomy, primitive reflexes, hands on support and introduction to Authentic Movement – a contemplative practice of moving with eyes closed to attune to inner movements and impulses. Participants will learn ways of releasing ‘outer seeing’ and yielding to proprio-ceptive experiences underlying how we rest, align and integrate all of our senses. We will have open sharing, discussion, and play!

Lauree Wise has journeyed in the realms of body-mind-spirit for over 35 years, exploring what it means to be an embodied human being. She is a licensed Occupational Therapist (OT) and a Certified Laban Movement Analyst (CMA). She is a certified Body Mind Centering® Practitioner, Teacher, and Infant Developmental Movement Educator, with intensive training in Dream Body Psychology, practices in yoga and Authentic Movement. She has presented at interdisciplinary conferences, and taught on the faculties of several somatic movement training programs in the United States. Lauree Wise blends experiential and didactic teaching approaches, supporting the emergence of nuance and unexpected boldness in individual and group processes. Currently, she maintains a private practice in New York City in somatic movement therapy and occupational therapy, (with a specialty in sensory integration therapy), for children and people throughout the lifespan.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

CONVERSATIONS WITH EARTH, WALKING DANCING EARTHING — KIRA KIRSCH (BERLIN)

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Katelyn Stiles

Katelyn Stiles


Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, 2017 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (emploi-québec)

Open to professional dancers. Axis Syllabus experience required / In English

Through walking, in short, landscapes are woven into life, and lives are woven into the landscape,in a process that is continuous and never-ending -Tilley, 1994

Every day we shift our weight from one foot to the other several thousand of times. Walking is one of the most elementary and most repeated coordinations, revealing almost all locomotive principles of complex human movement. In this workshop, we examine and re-discover walking as a multi-faceted daily practice and re-sensitize the feet as organs of touch and feelers into our environment. We practice using our feet to (re)connect with the ground, the earth. Walking from the physiological perspective provides a kind of “posturing” , a dynamic awareness for posture, anatomical alignments and habits. Through floor work and sensory experiments we will prepare for walking. In various walking and running motives as well as longer sequences we will –at times analytically, sometimes meditatively and other times exuberantly bring walking into dancing and dancing back into walking. The analysis of walking is a fundamental concept of the Axis Syllabus Research. Participants are invited to get inspired by the art, analysis, history and potential alchemy of walking. We will be theoretical, draw and read, walk of course, might walk into other spaces and dance.

The Axis Syllabus is a combination of open source platform, research community, and pedagogical initiative for collecting, testing and organizing tools, tactics and knowledge for continuously improving movement education and training practices for dancers and everyone who desires to move.

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist, community organizer, mother and initiator/curator born in East-Berlin and after many years abroad she now lives and works with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios. She is deeply invested into creating and shaping spaces for people to experience, learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for over a decade, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher laboratories and has build a community for AS research in the Bay Area, California from 2006 – 2012. In 2014 she started co-curating a new annual dance festival called “SENSING IN” and is establishing a regular educational program under the name of Movement Artisans together with Antoine Ragot at Lake Studios/Berlin. She currently has a lectureship at the HZT University of Arts in Berlin and is invited to festivals and institutions such as Impulstanz/Austria, Ravnedans/Norway, TQW-Vienna or the Goa Contact Festival among many other as well as private initiatives of the grass root type. As a performer Kira Kirch has danced in the works of Sara Shelton Mann (US), David Szlasa (US), Avy K. Productions (RU), Christine Bonansea (US/FR), Half Machine (DK), ABCdance collective/Frey Faust, Cie. Anna Tenta (AT) and in numerous collaborations with her peers. From 2009 -2012 she collaborated with Montrealer Kelly Keenan and their creations species – a moving body exposition and useless creatures have been presented in the US, Canada and Austria. Current projects are a dance film and performance The Earth will Come with film maker Katelyn Stiles and musician/poet Barnaby Tree, research within ensemble improvisation and somatic communication and her garden.

Website :http://www.corpiliquidi.com


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

CORPS ET ESPRIT CLOWNESQUE — RENÉ BAZINET (MTL)

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Rene Bazinet

Mar. 19 to 30, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 13:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$180

Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher

«I loved this workshop. René is very nice and knows this medium very well. It’s exciting when he makes comments on everyone’s attempts».

1. Introduction to an in-depth analysis of the workings of the body through the Feldenkrais Technique. This technique gives the student a deeper understanding of how the body works through introspective exercises (mainly lying on the floor). It reveals a way of moving with minimum energy (economy of movements).
2. Daily physical training in the style of Jacques Lecoq. It consists of exercises for balance, forward momentum, precision in gestural language, different dynamics for the stage, and also an elaboration on mime training.
3. Work with the Neutral Masque method, starting with the elements and going towards materials, colours, lights and animals. This is aimed at letting the body totally become an element, a material or transforming into an animal.
4. Daily work on Clown Entrances in the style of Philippe Gaulier. This will be about stage presence and the psychology of the clown, the way he or she thinks, acts behaves in front of a public. I might suggest to students to come with little extra bits of costumes and a red nose. This approach of teaching the art of clowning was passed down to me from my Clown-master Philippe Gaulier… which basically means it’s going to be somewhat “personal” for each participant.

Over the past thirty years, René Bazinet‘s talent has served the most famous North American and European theatres. He graced the stages of the Circus Roncalli and Germany’s Wintergarten, as well as those of the Teatro de la Fenice and the prestigious Opéra de Paris. He shined as the master of ceremonies or in his numerous clown guises for Just for Laughs and Cirque du Soleil for which he traveled the world. René Bazinet also works in film: he acted in several movies and directed several made-for-TV movies. The stage is his natural habitat, the one in which he puts his wide-ranging talents as actor, mime, clown and singer to full use. Theatre audiences could fully appreciate his talent in the new show, Lachen Machen, the King of Clowns, staged in Germany, and starring, the one critics deemed, one of the «world’s five greatest clowns» . Whether in Hamburg, Montpellier, Montréal or Munich, he is as much at ease in the director or clown number creator’s chair, as he is on stage. The théâtre du Nouveau Monde, the Wintergarten and the Cirque du Soleil are but a few of the world-renowned theatre companies upon which he has left his mark. Of late, he directed the clown in Kurios and the clowns called the Movers in Zarkana, two Cirque du Soleil productions as well as the artists of the show Rhytmos de la Noche presented in Puerto Vallarta. He also gives mime and clowning workshops.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

RUSTLIN’ VESSELS — LUCY M. MAY (MTL)

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Nans Bortuzzo

Nans Bortuzzo


Jun. 11 to 15, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to professional contemporary dancers and other artists with movement experience / In English.

This class will provide space for wriggling, creeping, shaking, and shifting your juices and pieces. Together, we’ll follow our fingers and toes, practice transfigurations, get lost in sensation and heavy sounds, repeat gestures, deep-listen to objects and spaces, and embody bits of history and anthropology. I propose games, frames, and wormholes (shortcut through spacetime) drawing on the language of somatics, science, dance, and folklore, relaying from our commonwealth of contemporary performance practices. We’ll behave and misbehave, touch the familiar and the unknown, and bump our way through big ideas. Be it resolved that dancing is a way of thinking in the world.

Lucy M. May is a contemporary dance artist, teacher, and writer for The Dance Current based in Montréal. She is attracted to the porousness of collaboration and the margins of dancing. Currently, Lucy is developing performances that ask how geo- and bio-social environments thread their way through human movement (Vivarium, Esemplastic Landing). Between 2009 and 2016, Lucy was a member of Compagnie Marie Chouinard. As an independent dancer she has worked with Margie Gillis, Alejandro De Leon, Sasha Kleinplatz, Melissa Raymond, and choreographers based in her natal province of New Brunswick. The workshops Lucy teaches are alive to folk wisdom, anchored in participants’ own physiology, and play with the foundations of professional dance training and knowledge. Lucy imagines her moving body as a meeting place, where theories and conversations find confluence with what is local, sensual, or tactile. She has taught across Canada, in France, and in the United States.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

BUTOH DANCE — PAUL IBEY (MTL)

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Tristan Sherrif

Tristan Sherrif

Jun. 18 to 22, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon-Fri)
$90

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English.

Butoh (or dance of darkness) is one of the major developments of contemporary dance. It has revolutionized the way people view what dance is or can be. Originating in 1960s Japan, founded by Hijikata Tatsumi, it has created new forms of dance movement and expression. Its powerful images and new approach to dance have stirred the interest and imagination of a growing world audience. Butoh takes its strength from interior movement: the body twists, contracts, extends. Softness, violence, slowness, sensuality, and immobility are all part of butoh. The butoh dancer attempts to bare his inner soul to reveal the suffering and joy of life.

Paul Ibey is of French, British, and Irish background. His training in Europe includes mime and movement with Adam Darius, contemporary dance at The Place and with Ballet Rambert’s Lucy Burge, Sally Owen, Ruth Silk, Nelson Fernandez, Christopher Bruce, and Robert Cohan of London Contemporary Dance Theatre. His ballet training has included the Royal Ballet’s Lynn Seymour, Roger Tulley, Tatiana Tchernova, Lazaro Surmeyan, Gelsey Kirkland, and Stanley Williams. He also studied and worked with the world renowned Lindsay Kemp Company. He has choreographed and produced a number of works that combine dance, theatre, and music. His prime focus has been butoh dance, which he studied with Sankai Juku, Dai Rakuda Kan, Natsu Nakajima, Carlotta Ikeda, Manhong Kang, and butoh founders Kazuo and Yoshito Ohno. His work has been shown in London, Paris, New York, and throughout Europe and the Middle East. He has taught classes at the Martha Graham School, Northern Ballet Theatre and in Poland, Egypt, Palestine, Albania, Croatia, and Hungary .He also recently performed with Sankai Juku dancers in Japan.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

DANCING THE PRESENT / THE BODY AS TEACHER — CHRISTOPHER HOUSE (TORONTO)

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Alejandro Santiago

Alejandro Santiago

Apr. 30 to Mai. 4, 2018 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

No formal dance training is necessary, a personal physical practice is required / In English.

Christopher House leads a playful workshop inspired by his ten years of engagement with the dance of post-modern visionary Deborah Hay. Participants will experience a series of encounters with Hay’s tools – offered in the form of questions – for enhancing the performer’s agency in the present moment. The workshop focuses on the sensory intelligence of the body, with emphasis on using the visual field for inspiration. The whole body at once becomes the teacher, with time and space unfolding in radical specificity. Come dive into paradox!

“The body in question is the dance”.

Christopher House is a choreographer, dancer, director, teacher, and writer. Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, he joined Toronto Dance Theatre as a dancer in 1979, was named Resident Choreographer in 1981, and is the Artistic Director of the company since 1994.
Christopher has been in dialogue with Deborah Hay’s work since 2006. He has adapted and performed three of her solo scores, performing them across Canada and in the UK. He has helped stage her choreography for TDT and has taught his version of her practice in workshops from coast to coast in Canada. His performance of Hay’s The Body in Question was nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award in 2013, and his adaptation of I’ll Crane For You was listed in the Globe and Mail as one of the top five dance events of 2015. Christopher House is an Associate Dance Artist of Canada’s National Arts Centre.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

AGGRESSIVE SNUGGLING: FROM POLITICS OF TOUCH TO THE POETICS OF TOUCH – EROCA NICOLS (TORONTO)

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Eroca Nicols

Oct 9 to 13, 2017 – 9:30 a.m to 12:30 p.m (Mon-Fri)
$75 (Emploi-Québec)

Open to artists of all disciplines / In English.

I have recently I started studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) and I see many parallels to contact improvisation (CI). Like CI, in BJJ it is absolutely necessary to commit all my attention to the task at hand because of real physical risk. One of the aspects I love about BJJ and where I see a very real difference from CI, is the incredible clarity of boundaries. When a person “taps out” a little tap on the shoulder or leg or really anywhere that can be reached, means: stop doing what you are doing, let go, physically come apart and start again. Also, before engaging in any touch, there is a customary high five then fist bump. The cues are not a suggestion of agreement, these cues are clear; yes, I agree to engage and; no, I longer agree and we are now stopping.

Often boundaries are muddy in contact improvisation and there are many reasons for this including systemic hetero-patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialist ideas of “freedom” and ableism. CI culture can include clear boundaries but in my experience it does not and this excludes many people particularly many women and femme presenting folks, queer folks, gender fluid folks, people of color and folks of different abilities. I want CI to be a place I can invite my community but it is currently not. Perhaps by adopting some of the explicit consent codes of BJJ, we can address some of the issues around consent and boundaries that exist inside the CI community. And do so with care and openness.

I want to stress the importance and the place for the politics of touch to precede the poetics of touch. I believe that we can begin to work on this and at the same time have a good time learning some fun skills from another partnered movement practice (BJJ.)

Here’s a list of some of the things we will definitely do:
-Ask for and receive consent before touching anyone!
-Develop and practice both a physical and a verbal start and stop signal.
-Practice saying yes and saying no and meaning it.
-Practice hearing yes and hearing no and responding to it.

More skills we will work on:
-play with different levels of compression and weight
-extreme squeezing, how do we dial up and down our tone?
-improvising from BJJ “positions”
-mount, guard, half guard, side guard.

Eroca Nicols is an international performance art and body nerd. Her alter ego and company, Lady Janitor combs the globe looking for places to incite radical moments of art chaos, consume massive amounts of coffee, wear amazing unisuits and confer with movers and thinkers of all varieties.
Eroca is currently known a dancer/choreographer/teacher but her multiplitous practice stems from a family of semi-mystical nomadic trailer people, years working as a janitor, and a BFA in video/performance art and sculpture from California College of the Arts (formerly and Crafts.) Her teaching, dancing and training are deeply influenced in her continued study of choreography, anatomy, biomechanics and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
She is super stoked to be all over the world including stints as Teaching Artist in Residence at The Whole Shebang in Philadelphia and at various festivals and institutions including The School of Making Thinking in NYC, P-af/performing arts forum in France, ImPulsTanz in Vienna and Studio 303 in Montreal. Eroca is a Chalmers Research Fellow, and investigates death, ritual and performance with healers and conveners around the globe.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca. A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

QUEER PERFORMANCE CAMP

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August 18-27, 2017
$20-$30 per workshop or $40-$60 for full day workshops (sliding scale)*

Workshops will primarily be offered in English. Please contact us if you require whisper translation to French.
Artists of all generations, cultural backgrounds and practices are encouraged to participate. Priority space is offered to people with marginalized identities
For more information or to register (limited space): info@studio303.ca

**The retreat is relocated to Montreal, the workshops will be happening at Studio 303**

Queer Performance Camp offers a rare place and time to explore, create, perform and network in a queer-dominant environment. Open to ALL artists (regardless of sexual orientation), daytime workshops provide multiple tools and approaches to performance creation, facilitated by elder, mid-career and emerging queer artist guides. We will host a Long Table skillshare around Queer Touring on Saturday, August 26th from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.. There will be performances at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels), as well as at GENDER B(L)ENDER #37, open mic queer at Studio 303.

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This project aims to create new ways to connect, grow and build community, while supporting the development of queer artists. It is an intentional and inclusive space for taking risks, making mistakes, pushing our practices, being critical and self-aware, and having fun, while remaining open and compassionate.

Here is the complete workshop program. Thanks to the Caisse de la Culture Desjardins for supporting this project!
Thanks to these organisations for providing scholarships for artists needing financial aid:
McGill Union for Gender Empowerment
The Institute for Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies
Media@McGill
QPIRG McGill


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Fear Drag with Jordan Arseneault

Friday, Aug. 18th, 2017 – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (break from 12:30-1:30) @ Studio 303

This social practice workshop employs elements of theatre of the oppressed to catalyse dialogue and group performance on themes of relational anxieties and fears. Presented in numerous Concordia University Fine Arts classes as well as in community settings since 2010, Fear Drag is an environment where we’ll listen to and enact participants’ fears and anxieties around inherited ideologies, state violence and queer social justice. While all forms of gender expression are welcome in Fear Drag, this is not a workshop on the performance style of being a drag queen/king. It is on the notion of drag as disrupting the norm, as fertile ground to explore themes and identities that are not experientially our own. This workshop’s specific focus will be to explore both the shortcomings and transformational potential of political art practice. What kind of performance interventions can be made on the stage that have relevance off stage? What are strategies for overcoming audience cynicism (of any age) and our own inertia (in our current age)? How can we affect political change with performance? We will consider ways of engaging audiences/interlocutors who may not already think what we think, who may not already believe that performance and queer social justice can have an impact on the greater political landscape.Rooted in a cathartic approach to group performance, the outcome of the 5-hour workshop (in two parts, with snack breaks) will be short performance pieces produced by participants in smaller groups that will be shown and reflected on from an outlook of appreciative inquiry. Participants of all backgrounds and interests are welcome.

Jordan Arseneault is a gay male bilingual artist of mixed Acadian extraction. Active in Montréal’s independent performance scene since 2008, Jordan employs song, spoken word, cello, drag, humour and movement in his staged work, which is often improvisational. He has been developing the social practice workshop Fear Drag since 2010. Both his performances and participative workshops address issues of criminalization, stigma, mental health, HIV/AIDS, addiction, biculturalism, inherited trauma, queerness and community. He was a Studio 303 artist in residence for 2015-2016.

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Ulysse del Drago

Vogue for virgins with Gerard Reyes

Saturday, Aug. 19th – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Studio 303

Vogue is a dance style that was created by Black and Latino gay men and trans women in the Harlem ballroom scene many decades ago. This beginner level workshop is geared towards vogue virgins (i.e. people with no vogue experience) and will tap into the sensuality and sexuality of this dance form. You will learn the five elements of vogue fem: catwalk, hands, spins + dips, duckwalk and floor performance. All of this will be in a spirit of fun, creativity and support. Open to all genders and physical abilities.

Gerard Reyes is a dancer, choreographer and teacher living and working between Montreal and Berlin. He studied vogue in New York with a number of internationally-renowned master teachers including Javier Ninja (FKA Twigs; Madonna Superbowl), Danielle Polanco (Beyoncé), Jose Xtravaganza (“Paris Is Burning”; Madonna “Vogue”; “Blonde Ambition”), Amazon Leiomy (Balmain X H&M fashion show), Archie Burnett (”Check Your Body At The Door”) and Alex Mugler (Rihanna “ANTI”). Gerard has taught voguing workshops in North America and Europe, and teaches regularly at Flying Steps in Berlin and at various studios in Montreal (www.gerardxreyes.com/classes).

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Giving Birth to Yourself: Revolutionary Queer Storytelling
with Kai Cheng Thom

Saturday, Aug. 19th – 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Studio 303

This intense, immersive oral performance workshop draws upon the spoken word and oral storytelling traditions, as well as meditation, ritual, and Theatre of the Oppressed in order to help participants unlock their inner rhythms and artistic impulses. We engage critically with colonial frameworks of narrative and poetics, and delve into our relationships with colonization and ancestry.

Kai Cheng Thom is a fiery writer performer spoken word artist and drag-dance sensation. Lady Sin and her alter-egos have traveled across Canada to bring poetic performances to pages and stages from her hometown of Vancouver to her current haunts in Montreal. Kai Cheng has been widely published as an essayist and poet, and is currently a Feature Writer at Everyday Feminism. She also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in social work from McGill University and is the co-founder of Monster Academy Montreal a radical mental health initiative for youth.

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Nikol Mikus

Durational Performance: When Will It End? With Dayna McLeod

Sunday, Aug. 20th – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (break from 12:30-1:30) @ Studio 303

This 2-part workshop guides participants through durational performance art creation informed by queer feminist practices. Durational performance art features time as the focus of a work and is fundamental to the experience for both performer and audience. This workshop will encourage the development of a solo and/or collaborative durational piece that uses the body and a task this body can perform. We will explore varying conditions of durational work including but not limited to: interactive audience participation, having an audience approach you, generating a safe-space to perform in, communicating intent without speaking or instruction, knowing when the work is over, asking for help and support, and practicing self-care before, during and after.

Dayna McLeod is a performance and video artist. Her work uses humour, and capitalizes on exploiting the body’s social and material conditions using cabaret, duration, single channel video, and installation practices. Dayna’s latest project, Uterine Concert Hall is a sound-based, vaginal media project that features her uterus as the scene of the performance and the instrument of its production. www.daynarama.com

Michael De Angelis

Michael De Angelis

The Depth of Surfaces: Generative Writing/Directing with Tina Satter

Monday, Aug. 21st – 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (break from 12:30-1:30) @ Studio 303

Tina Satter is in Montréal thanks to her residency at the CEAD. La Chapelle will present her work Ghost Rings on August 26th.
New York City-based playwright, director, and Half Straddle Artistic Director Tina Satter leads writing, performance, and directorial exercises and techniques for those interested in live performance including actors, writers, directors, and those just starting to make performance. The workshop allows participants to generate new performance writing, and to learn writing and directorial methods to infuse projects already in process. A collaborative and open environment allows participants to delve into unexpected, non-psychological, and gestural ways to generate writing and directing—and be in conversation with Tina on her work with Half Straddle.

Tina Satter is a writer, director, and Artistic Director of the Brooklyn-based, Obie-winning theater company Half Straddle which is dedicated to making work about and featuring female-identified and/or queer performers. She is a recipient of a 2016 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Award and a 2014 Doris Duke Impact Artist Award. She’s written and directed 9 full-length shows with Half Straddle that have premiered in New York City and presented at festivals and theaters in Europe, Japan, and Australia. Her recent project, Here I Go, pt. 2 of You was the curation of lectures by a range of queer artists including Sarah Schulman, Branden Jacob-Jenkins, Jess Barbagallo, Ariel Goldberg, and more. Tina has been a visiting artist at a number of colleges—and visiting playwriting professor at the University of Michigan in 2015/16. Tina attended Mac Wellman’s graduate playwriting program at Brooklyn College. Her first collection of plays, Seagull (Thinking of you), was published by 53rd State Press in 2014.

Creative retreat now in Montréal


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Josh Haggarty

Mountain Voice with Gein Wong

Aug. 22-24 (Tues-Thurs) – 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

What does it feel like to vocalise and sing with our ancestors? On Turtle Island, Two-Spirited people held important roles in community. We were leaders, healers and spiritual people until waves of colonization changed things. Around the world there are similar stories for Queer/Trans/Gender Non Conforming people. After so many generations of being silenced, what do our voices sound like when connect with our various histories. These vocal and movement workshops will help us explore what our voices sound like and how our bodies move when we look for connection to our ancestors.

Gein Wong is an interdisciplinary director, curator, poet, composer and video artist of First Nations and Asian descent who is Two-Spirited and Queer. Her works focus on obvious things like gender, class and race, as well as things a little less obvious like gender, class and race. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Arts Council and received the 2014 Ken McDougall Director’s Award and the 2015 CCGSD Canadian Queer/Two Spirited Youth Role Model Lifetime Achievement Award. She is a member of the Indigenous eco-restoration group, Naadmaagit Ki, and a member of the Indigenous Two-Spirit drum group, Balance Bringers. Gein Wong is Artistic Director of Eventual Ashes, co-founder of the community arts organisation, Asian Arts Freedom School, and a co-owner of Glad Day Bookshop.

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Temporary Spectacle Community with Andrew Tay

August 22-24 (Tues-Thurs) – 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

During this workshop we will create a structure which will allow us to perform and be together – An imagined playground for different and divergent practices to exist side by side. We will question false truths about making collaborative work which include: the fairness of democracy, the necessity to compromise, and established hierarchies of skill and labor. Our “work” will be a party, a deep conversation, a meditation, a magic show and a revolt!

“Through meticulous distortion and transformation of the body Andrew’s work seeks to mutate sacred actions into the banal, while paradoxically elevating the every day into something of extreme importance. Playful, colorful and charming while also being turbulent and iconoclastic, Andrew’s work explores alternative working methods for frictions within spirituality, healing and worship.”

Andrew Tay is a hybrid form of performer, choreographer and performance curator based in Montreal. In 2005 he co-founded (with collaborator Sasha Kleinplatz) the company Wants&Needs danse. Since then, the company has produced the wildly popular performance events Piss in the Pool and Short&Sweet which take place in non-traditional venues throughout the city.In August 2016, Tay received the Risk and Innovation Award from the Summerworks Performance Festival for his work Fame Praver / Eating. In 2017, he joined the team of the O Vertigo Centre for Creation as Artistic Curator. Tay actively thinks about community, irreverence and resistance in both his performance and curatorial practices.


Pamela Hart

Sing out with Pamela Hart

Sunday, Aug. 27th / 10:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. @ Studio 303

Learn to find the power in your voice and sing in harmony working with songs written by queer artists with queer themed content.

Pamela Hart is a vocalist, sound technician, and multi-instrumentalist who is currently directing and arranging music for The Forever Chorus. She has played in noise, pop, psych, heavy/doom, classical and jazz projects and has toured extensively as a musician and sound technician. The Forever Chorus is an all voices chorus that sings songs written by women and gender non binary/trans artists with a focus on creating a safer space for people to learn to sing in harmony, develop their vocal skills and perform.

Potluck

Sunday, August 27th @ Studio 303
A potluck for participants and anyone who want to come to process, check-in and say goodbye!


Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

Reimbursement policy– No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.

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LAS PIERNAS
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Studio 303 offers you a new rental space right next door : the argentin tango school Las Piernas, 1252 Bleury. It is an ideal space for an individual or group rehearsal work. Its dancing space is smaller than ours but balanced by its chairs and tables as well as its little kitchen-bar (with an alcohol permit for weekends).

Check our calendar for studio availability

Rehearsal rate
1 to 9 hours $16 /h
10 to 19 hours $14 /h
20 hours and more
$12 /h
Class / Audition rate
1 to 9 hours $34 /h
10 hours and more $30 /h

Important information
When using the space, we ask that you please :
– Pay close attention to our floor and make sure your shoes are clean.
– Restore the space to its neutral state. Broom and mop are available.
– Do not nail, screw, scratch or punch holes into walls, ceiling or floor.
– Make arrangements in advance to pick up the key at Studio 303. Your reservation will be confirmed upon receipt of your deposit.

Info
(514) 393-3771 or info@studio303.ca

DESCRIPTION
– Total space: 1425 sq. ft.
– Dancing Space: 600 sq. ft.
– Windows on two sides
– Hardwood floor
– 30 seats, cabaret tables and two sofas
– 2 bathrooms
– Air conditioning
– Mirror 8’x10’
– Bose high quality sound system: L1 Compact Power Stand

PHOTOS OF LAS PIERNAS STUDIO

EQUIPMENT
Las Piernas offers the following equipment (to use in the studio only:
– Lycra screen 8’x10’ – Set up upon request
– Integrated vidéo projector – rental 40$/day