Photo credit: David Wong

IN STUDIO: AURÉLIE PÉDRON (MTL) — INVISIBLE, the infinite movement of the spiral

Feb. 14 to 18, 2022 — 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.) + 24 hour dance ritual
$90 with the support of Emploi-Québec (or $304, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines
Language of instruction: French
Questions can also be asked in: English
Capacity: 11 people — priority for full week attendance

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!

CONTENT // This workshop explores a choreographic system in which listening is the driving force and the spiral is the answer. We will look at a simple yet complex system where DOING is subtracted in favor of BEING. We will learn and explore the notions of spontaneous composition, take turns being a spectator/participant and a performer/host. We will develop our listening and unfold all of its beauty.

We will celebrate this week of exploration and togetherness through a 24 hour ritual crossing. We will slide our bodies into the eternity of spirals, be choreographed by time, drop the masks and become ONE. We will listen to, respect, relay with, and support each other, with all the intelligence of the body and of silence.

Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. + a 24 hour dance ritual (open to the public-friends) in the studio, Saturday 12pm to Sunday 12pm. (Minimum 6 people required).

ACCESSIBILITY // In each workshop, we will explore the investment of movement through the spiral. Please note that this type of movement can be nauseating, but it usually diminishes and stops with practice. We will discuss the concepts, the issues encountered and the discoveries made in every workshop. We will work on endurance: exhaustion will not be a goal in itself, but will be an element to cope with. Everybody will be a master of their own body and their own experience.

Listening to the collective will be essential in the practice. We will work with the totality of the body and the senses. Everything will be possible: from microscopic movement to frenetic dance, from laughter to deep introspection. We will get naked without taking off any of our clothes; which will require a great deal of self-awareness and awareness of others.

BIO // Sensitive to the rare and precious states of metamorphosis offered by both art and experience, the artist and choreographer Aurélie Pedron creates perpetually renewed encounters that play with duration and create a deep intimacy between location, performer and audience. Unsettling our expectations, the maker reaches out to us to leave a sometimes subtle, yet durable trace.

Founded in 2013, her company Lilith & Cie is devoted to the research, creation and dissemination of works intersecting performance, choreography and installation. The company’s productions waive performing arts codes and invite us to consider reality otherwise.

In parallel, Lilith & Cie leads creative research projects with visually impaired and marginalized individuals (drug and alcohol consumption or mental health issues), to promote inclusion, sharing and mutual learning.