RESIDENCIES Summer & Winter 2016-17

Lara Kramer & Émilie Monnet

Lara Kramer & Émilie Monnet

Studio 303 offers six types of residencies for emerging and mid-career artists. Most of our residencies offer space, equipment, artistic and administrative support, presentations, and a financial contribution. Each can be tailored according to the specific needs of the artist. Beyond the residency, artists-in-residence are considered for networking events (SPARK Studio Series), commission events (REMIX), and other support activities (Salon Labs, etc).

Our artists-in-residence for the 2017-18 season are Lara Kramer + Émilie Monnet, Ellen Furey, Hanna Satterlee, Thierry Huard, Jade + Chloé Barshee, Christopher Willes + Adam Kinner, Andréane Leclerc + Lili Bonin, Jacinte Armstrong, Kimberley De Jong and Naoto Hieda + Lisa Parra.




ÉMILIE MONNET & LARA KRAMER (creation residency, Summer 2017)

Performance and sound installation by Lara Kramer and Émilie Monnet. This Time Will Be Different denounces Canadian government discourse on Indigenous Peoples and takes a critical look at the “national reconciliation industry.” From one inquiry to the next, from the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, has anything really changed in the relationship between the Government of Canada and this land’s first inhabitants? Created in residencies at Studio 303, M.A.I. and Darling Foundry.

Lara Kramer is Artistic Director and Choreographer of Lara Kramer Danse, a company based in Montreal. Lara Kramer is an Oji-Cree (Ojibwe and Cree) choreographer and performer whose work is intimately linked to memory, often examining political issues surrounding Canada and First Nations Peoples. Her works has shown in Montreal, Ottawa, Peterborough, Rama, ON, Toronto, Regina, Edmonton, Banff,Vancouver and Melbourne, Australia gaining her recognition as an important Indigenous voice in Canada.

Integrating theatre, performance art and technology, Émilie Monnet’s artistic practice explores themes of identity, memory, co-existence and transformation. Her creations draw on the symbolic of dreams and mythology—personal and collective—to tell stories that question today’s world. In 2016, Émilie founded Indigenous Contemporary Scene (ICS), a critical and artistic manifestation of live-arts by indigenous artists. A small version of ICS was organized in Buenos Aires in March 2017 and brought together indigenous artists from Quebec and Argentina. Émilie’s heritage is Anishnaabe and French, and she lives in Montreal. Her artistic engagement is inspired by years of social activism with indigenous organizations in Canada and Latin America as well as community art projects with incarcerated women and Aboriginal youth.

ELLEN FUREY & MALIK NASHAD SHARPE (creation residency, Summer 2017)

NO NATIONALISM is a co-creation between Ellen Furey (MTL) and Malik Nashad Sharpe (UK/USA). The impetus of this work comes out of a desire to aestheticize plurality-in-practice. It is an attempt to detail both the affect and the effects of neoliberalism, as well as to address our longing for multiculturalist futures. NO NATIONALISM hopes to embed abstract forms of rebuke and critique in a choreographic form, striking a balance between contradiction and contrast, with (c)overt references to the political, to the world, to the predominant hegemony.

Ellen Furey was a company member at Dancemakers (TO) from 2012-2015 and has performed with a range of different artists including Daniel Léveillé Danse, Dana Michel, Montréal Danse, Marten Spangberg, Fréd Gravel, Nicolas Cantin, Benjamin Kamino, Amanda Acorn, Simon Portigal, Susanna Hood, Adam Kinner, Alicia Grant, Anouk Thériault, Winnie Ho, Sasha Kleinplatz and Andrew Tay, among others. Her solo work, Performing Performance, has been presented in NYC, Montreal, Toronto, and Halifax, and will be at Hatch 13 , Harbourfront Center, Toronto in Fall 2017. Malik Nashad Sharpe is an Associate Artist at Hackney Showroom (London), and a 2017 FIERCE Fwd Artist (Birmingham), where he is creating a new work titled “$elfie$” under his solo alias, Marikiscrycrycry. He is currently working with Project O (Jamila Johnson-Small) and Dalston Ballet (House O’Dwyer). Malik runs, and works in a small studio, ian’s RESEARCH BODEGA, in North London.

HANNA SATTERLEE (creation residency/Vermont Performance Lab exchange, Summer 2017)

Voice + Vessel is an evolving, interdisciplinary research and performance project created by choreographers/dancers Hanna Satterlee and Delaney McDonough, and writer/musician Caitlin Scholl. Utilizing their many mediums and the lens of the female artist, the project explores the light and shadow sides of narrative and truth, of action and reaction, of silence and sound. Using filters of body, memory and fantasy, this work uncovers how we visually/sonically/physically voice in different ways, and how we each uniquely carry information in the vessels of our minds and the vessels of our bodies.

Hanna Satterlee (VT), Delaney McDonough (ME) and Caitlin Scholl (ME) have known one another independently, and only recently have begun to work as a collective trio. Hanna Satterlee is the founder and executive director of the newly formed Vermont Dance Alliance. Hanna teaches, performs and choreographs for stage, site and film. Delaney McDonough is a freelance performer and dance maker. She is a curator of adult programming through Moving Target Portland at Studio 408 in South Portland, and a teaching artist at her alma mater Colby College. Caitlin Scholl is a writer, arts educator, musician, and the co-founder and director of The Space We Make. Presently Caitlin is working on a three-book collaboration of young adult fantasy fiction. She is the author of two books, and composes and performs original scores for dance.

THIERRY HUARD (creation residency, Summer 2017)

WE CAN DISAPPEAR YOU is a performance project created by Thierry Huard in collaboration with artists Angie Cheng, Karina Iraola and Andrew Turner. The project is inspired by the pictorial work of the American artist, Leon Golub, who presents humanity in its darkest form. WE CAN DISAPPEAR YOU highlights human violence in order to better understand it. Through a series of methodical actions, we can see this violence more closely, immobilize it in time and dissect it in order to understand where this facet of our nature comes from.

A graduate of EDCM in 2008, Thierry Huard is a Montreal emerging choreographer who has stood out for his distinct artistic vision. Upon entering the professional world, he was involved in many local events and has presented his work many times at various venues in the city. His repertoire includes a dozen choreographic work, including his most recent, GENESIS, acclaimed by audiences and critics. Over the years his work has been supported by several institutions including the Cultural Action of Cirque du Soleil, CALQ, Circuit-Est, EDCM, Studio 303, Tangente and Usine C. Thierry is interested in how remains of ancient rituals affect the mores of our contemporary society. From a process of improvisation, he seeks to shed light on ancestral memory buried deep inside the human psyche.

JADE & CHLOÉ BARSHEE (creation residency, Summer 2017)

Bâtardes is two sisters on stage trying to find the true nature of their cultural identity. From mixed origins: a Tibetan father and Quebecois mother, we question the membership we owe to various portions of our respective cultural heritages. In Bâtardes, we explore the link between an individual’s cultural roots, and their society to to understand what constitutes the complex identity of each individual.

Upon graduation from the School of Theatre at UQAM in 2014, Chloé Barshee quickly turned to the universe of creation. With fellow students, they founded Grande Surface: a collective of artists who let the imagination fly freely and put their most desires on stage. Together, they created Et quand vient le silence…, presented at Theatre La Chapelle in 2015. Meanwhile, she participated in short films and other creative endevours (Diaries – Festival HomeRun, Macbeth Pro Jóan Tauveron.). In 2016, she founded Théâtre Everest with her two sisters. They were awarded a creation grant from MAI and gave birth to Bâtardes, their first production with Theatre Everest, which was presented at the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival in 2016. Chloé and her collective, Grande Surface, were selected as guest artists for the 2016-17 year by La Serre – Live Arts. She will also perform the role of Adsila in Molière, Shakespeare et moi at Théâtre du Rideau-Vert this Summer.

Jade Barshee is self-taught actress with combined training and workshops via Omnibus, Danielle Fichaud and Studio 303. She, along with other peers, created Les Benedictines: evenings of theatrical performances which are organized each month under a different theme. In 2016, she launched into production and founded a company with her two sisters: Theatre Everest. They will be supported by the MAI in the accompanying program for creating their project: Bâtardes, which they will write, play, and bring to the stage. A first short version of the show will be presented at the Festival des Arts de Sorel-Tracy and at the Sala Rossa for Cabaret Tollé, in addition to the St-Ambroise Fringe Festival, where they were nominated for script and best francophone production. Currently, she is completing a major in Theatre Studies at UQAM.

CHRISTOPHER WILLES & ADAM KINNER (creation residency, Summer 2017)

Christopher Willes and Adam Kinner are in residency at Studio 303 developing a new sound-based performance that builds on past projects exploring how sound choreographs audience. We are interested in how sounds summon an invisible presence; how they extricate memories from matter, and create ghosts in otherwise empty spaces. Another way of saying this is that we are interested in the materiality of sound: how it performs, what it stages, and what it makes visible. For this project we are working with the site of an empty theatre as a place where insisting on listening might give rise to new ways of seeing. In spaces where bodies are given to be seen, what might a choreography of listening look like here?

Christopher Willes is an artist, composer, and dramaturge based in Toronto. His practice spans a wide range of activities including making performances, music, exhibitions, and writing about contemporary art. His work has been presented across Canada, in the USA, and Japan including presentations at The Art Gallery of Ontario, 8-11 Gallery, the Music Gallery, Intersite Visual Arts Festival, and Sound Live Tokyo. He regularly collaborates with dance and theatre artists as a sound-maker and dramaturge including recent projects with Dancemakers, Public Recordings, Ame Henderson, Simon Portigal, Ellen Furey, and Adam Kinner. In 2016 he received a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and was the Catherine Boettcher Fellow at the MacDowell Colony (NH USA). He studied music at the University of Toronto, and received an MFA from Bard College (NY, USA).

Adam Kinner is an interdisciplinary artist living in Montreal, Quebec. His work moves across music, performance, choreography, and documentation as it composes the performing body within the matters, affects, discourses, histories and objects of the lived present. He has presented works in galleries, concert halls, dance stages and performance festivals in Montreal, including at Tangente, OFFTA, Studio 303, Usine C, the McCord Museum, SBC Gallery, Leonard & Bina Ellen Gallery and Gallerie d’UQAM, as well as in Toronto, Washington DC, Chicago, New York, Marseille and Edinburgh. In addition to a solo practice he has developed ongoing collaborations with Noémie Solomon (USA), Public Recordings (Toronto), Jacob Wren (Montreal) and Christopher Willes (Toronto/ Montreal).

JACINTE ARMSTRONG | SiNS (creation residency, Summer 2017)

What we don’t usually say is an opportunity for Nova Scotian dance artist Jacinte Armstrong to work in studio with Montréal-based artists Elise Vanderborght, Kelly Keenan, and Marie-Claire Forté. Talking (in English, French, and Acadian) and body work will be used as entry/exit points to/from the body. What we don’t usually say will invite gentle and explosive energies as we experiment with healing and conflict, support and debate. What we don’t usually say is a chance to be curious about group dynamics, safe and challenging spaces, and mining different modes of imagery for choreographic/creative and personal potential.

Jacinte Armstrong is a Halifax-based dance artist who has worked with many collaborators locally and across Canada. Receiving her early training at Halifax Dance, she went on to study at Dalhousie University and at the New World School of the Arts in Miami, FL. Jacinte is the Artistic Director of Kinetic Studio and SiNS (Sometimes in Nova Scotia) dance, and performs regularly with Mocean Dance, independently, and in her own work. Her choreography ranges from intimate and imagistic to large-scale collaboration with architects, visual artists, radio producers, filmmakers, and musicians. She has worked with many choreographers, including Cory Bowles, Sara Coffin, Susanne Chui, Veronique MacKenzie, Lisa Phinney Langley, Tedd Robinson, Serge Bennathan, Danièle Desnoyers, Denise Fujiwara, Sarah Chase and more. Since 2015, she has been part of the 8 DAYS project, an annual gathering of Canadian choreographers.

CIRQUE OFF (creation residency, Summer 2016)

Manifesto: Biodiversity & the ecology of Montreal circus
Cirque OFF is the project of Andréane Leclerc, Lili Bonin, Angélique Willkie, Dana Dugan and more circus-based artists (who seeks to assemble around its advocacy for an environment of candid expression and the exchange of ideas to diversify the circus form and foster agency.

This living manifesto for the biodiversity and ecology of a post-acrobatic, queer, feminist, political, alternative, non-commercial circus, is centered on experience, openness, sensitivity, an artistic and human approach, and embraces artistic risk-taking and freedom of speech. To shed light on the main issues of the Montreal circus scene, CIRQUE OFF propose two formats for democratic discussion: Long “Potluck” Table and Open Space Conference on July 7th, 8th and 9th, 2017 supported by Studio 303.

This is no place for the saccharin or insincere, but for tender and sensitive solidarity.

KIMBERLEY DE JONG (creation residency, Winter 2017)

Boxher is a first time collaboration between sound artist and composer Jason Sharp and dancer/performer Kimberley de Jong. This exchange was founded on the idea one’s need for space, and our adaptation to new space. With changing climates, we see the animals of the north adapting to human spaces, otherwise unknown to them. The idea gave rise to use Jason’s electrocardiogram, connected to Kimberley’s heart and made audible through a modulator synthesizer. We will use our winter residency at Studio 303 to see how we can create a dramaturgical progression between sound, body and space.

Kimberley De Jong began her career in the Netherlands working for Israeli choreographer Itzik Galili. Later adopting Montreal as her home city to work with Marie Chouinard first, as an interpreter, later as a rehearsal director for 10 years. She now freelances in the city working for Frédérick Gravel (Ususally Beauty Fails and Some Hope for the Bastards), Sylvain Emard (Fragments), David Presseault (Journal d’éros), Dana Gingras (Monumental), Martin Messier (Corps Mort ) and soon Alan Lake (Le cri des méduses). Kimberley created her first full length piece CYCLe2 on Brianna Lombardo and Nathan Yaffe in 2013. She collaborated a second time with Brianna on their creation Unravelling to be presented at La Chapelle 2018-2019. Boxher is her first solo creation with live sound artist Jason Sharp. They will première Boxher at The Edifice Wilder through Tangente this March 2018.

NAOTO HIEDA & LISA PARRA (creation residency, Winter 2017)

EEG Experiments + Generative Pathways. How can an algorithm disrupts the body? Or, how can a brain intervenes an algorithm? The project focuses on brain, body, geometry and algorithm from these two different aspects and questions. Electroencephalogram (EEG) Experiments are encounters of a pair, or a group of people (dancer and non-dancer) mediated by neurosignals. A person’s brain is monitored by EEG, or brain waves, where another person can see, hear the brain waves and react to them based on a choreography, or improvisation. In addition, Generative Pathways are choreographic thinking assisted by a computer, or an algorithm, provides deterministic paths given by a set of rules, such as points, lines and planes based on single and two dimensions. We interpret these pathways allowing our bodies to sink into the geometry. Here, the aim is to create a performance/installation where the research process will be documented to be a part of the piece.

Naoto Hieda is a multidisciplinary artist from Japan based in Montreal, Canada. He received B.Eng. from Tokyo Institute of Technology (2012) and M.Eng. from McGill University (2015). His work focuses on tangible media and honest interaction, which has been exhibited and performed internationally at Miraikan (Japan), Works/San Jose (US) and Canadian Centre for Architecture (Canada). Beyond engineering, his artistic practices range from neuroscience as a former research assistant at International Laboratory for Brain, Music and Sound Research (Canada) to dance as a danceWEB Scholarship recipient in 2016 (Austria). Currently he holds Pola Art Foundation Fellowship (Japan) as a visiting researcher at Topological Media Lab, Concordia University (Canada).

Lisa Parra is a New York based choreographer and performer. Her work has been presented at Movement Research Judson series, LUMEN Festival, Triskelion Arts Center, Dixon Place, Queens Museum and Glasshouse Project. Internationally, she has presented work in Portugal Spain and Mexico. Lisa is currently a Movement Research Artist-in-Resident and has received support from the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in Troy, New York, Centro de Artes Performaticas do Algarve in Portugal, Media-Lab Prado and Teatro del Canal in Madrid, and Bilbao Eszena in Bilbao, Spain. Her video installation Body/Traces has been screened in media festivals in New York, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Spain and France. In addition, Lisa has performed in the works of Claire Porter, Karen Bernard and Pascal Rambert.

STÉPHANIE LAFORCE (Col[labo]rations | Festival Phénoména & Workspacebrussels)

Stéphanie Laforce will build a poetic sound machine for her electroacoustic compositions with which she develops an original universe for an interactive multimedia installation. Her work questions the place of humans in a mechanistic world by reclaiming places and materials.

Stéphanie Laforce is an electroacoustic and multimedia artist, as well as an art teacher. In 2003 she received a diploma in Visual arts, installation and performance (with distinction) from the École de Recherches Graphiques (in Islap-St-Luc). She studied electroacoustic composition for 8 years at studio “Akousma” at the Soignies Music Academy. As a music-therapist, she has developed a series of workshops for people with intellectual disabilities. She is in the process of developing mobile new media workshops for children and youth. Her work has been presented across Europe, including at Beatabet collective (uk), Artzoyd Studio (fr), Akadêmia (fr), Transport Culturel Fluvial (fr), and Les Pépinières Européennes Jeunes.

GOSIE VERVLOESSEM & FRANCES ADAIR MCKENZIE (Col[labo]rations | Festival Phénoména & Workspacebrussels)

Gosie Vervloessem studied social science (KuLeuven – master in Social Pedagogy) and has a Masters degree in Experimental Film (Saint Lucas Brussels). Currently she studies Geology and Chemistry at MIT online University. Her work has been shown in Recyclart (Brussels), Vooruit (Ghent), Beursschouwburg (Brussels), Stuk, (Leuven) De Brakke Grond (Amsterdam), Belluardfestival (Fribourg), PPPBern en Dock 11 (Berlin). In 2010 Vervloessem began working under the name Domestic Science Club, touring alone or with others and putting together lectures, performances, workshops, recipes and installations. She regularly experiments with the laws of physics for domestic purposes, which are in fact the basic recipe for all the presentations. “Everything seems so logical, but what is the logic behind things?” Vervloessem observes and questions natural phenomena in a bid to understand their underlying function and eventually reconstruct them on a miniature scale.

Frances Adair Mckenzie lives and works in Montréal. She attained a diploma in New Media from the British Colombia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Concordia University. The National Film Board of Canada has commissioned her animations and her work has been exhibited at the Musée d’art Contemporain de Montréal, and in the Satosphere of the Société des Arts Technologiques. Frances Adair Mckenzie is a multi-media artist who combines genres and technologies as a means to invoke the construction of fantastical internal and external worlds. Her work in motion-design, animation and immersive installation evokes a din of concentrated effects that meld both high and low cultural references and technologies. With a simultaneous eye to the history of art and the culture of Pop she extends upon the precedents of feminism and digital culture only to foreground the spectacle as a D.I.Y. space of subversion and tool of empowerment.


Summer residencies are intended for research and are offered each year in July and August. We favour work that is collaborative, cross-disciplinary, and/or experimental. We like to see artists who are not afraid to fail and may do so spectacularly. Residencies can be intensive (up to 100 hours) or more limited (40 hours) depending on the needs of the artist and of the research. Summer residencies receive support in the form of space, organizational support (promotion, communication with presenters), some artistic mentoring and technical support, and financial support.

Winter residencies take place late December and early January and offers two artists/groups unlimited access to the studio and its equipment for one week each. These residencies are ideal for refining and working out technical details of developed work.

Exchange with Vermont Performance Lab
Studio 303 has a new ongoing exchange with Vermont Performance Lab based in Guilford whereby we annually send two of our artists in residence to further their research abroad and exchange with the community. There is no application process. Artists are selected from our artists in residence based on timing, which project would benefit most, the amount of funding we receive and interest from our partners. In exchange, Studio 303 hosts two American artists for custom residencies.

International Exchange: Col[labo]rations
Studio 303 is collaborating with Workspacebrussels and Festival Phénomena, to produce Col[labo]rations, a project that unites artists with complementary immersive performance practices, curated by Quentin Palmaerts in collaboration with the Artistic Directors of the partner organizations. Following a three-week residency at Workspacebrussels and participation in the Working Title Festival in March 2017, the artists will pursue their research during a performative residency in Montreal in October 2017 as part of the Festival Phénomena.

REMIX CanDance Creative Exchange
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 (Quebec), Neighbourhood Dance Works (Newfoundland and Labrador), and Mile Zero Dance and is supported by the Dance Section of The Canada Council for the Arts and Canadian Heritage. Montreal’s residencies are offered in partnership with José Navas/Compagnie Flak for a total of 40-hours.

With the intention of supporting an emerging curator, Studio 303 offers a residency including mentorship, as well as technical and communication support. The curator-in-residency this season is still to be announced..!