Louise Michel kneeling in front of a colourfully lit wall, facing the camera and holding a shiny rectangular object with both hands at chest level. A string of lights hangs in front of her. The image is mostly blue, green, and purple
Photo credit: Louise Michel Jackson

IN STUDIO: LOUISE MICHEL JACKSON (MTL) — iridescence and intimacy

** FULL ** June 14 to 18, 2021 – 1:30 P.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$60 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $170, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 13 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!

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CONTENT // This workshop aims to facilitate research into bioluminescence and the spectrum of possibilities to generate your own light. Some living organisms produce light to communicate, seduce, protect themselves or lure their prey. We will try to materialize this biological phenomenon in the body and through small luminous scenographic installations in order to honour this intimate radiation individually and collectively. The intention is simple: to light ourselves from within in order to better vibrate.

How can the light produced by other objects – portable lighting devices – influence a state of presence through its colour, warmth, texture and even rhythm? To become an extension of gestures and produce a sensoriality in space? Whether naked or dressed in manipulable luminous and reflective materials, we will explore the ‘bioluminescent’ body; its iridescent surfaces, cellular tissues, the vibratory, sensual and inhabited corporeality of the nervous system of the polyps that make up jellyfish and coral. Cocoons, incandescence and glitters to be expected.

Participants are invited to bring light devices, materials, fabrics, textures, reflections, clothing of their choice.

BIO // Louise Michel Jackson has been a performer since she was 19 years old. She has collaborated with Hanako Hoshimi-Caines, Frédérick Gravel, Dana Gingras, Rubberbandance, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui (Belgium) Adam Kinner and Lara Oundjian, among others. After living in Belgium for 5 years, she moved between Brussels and Montreal, creating her first project “STROKE” aka SHUDDER in collaboration with Ben Fury (Belgium), which premiered at Charleroi-danses (Brussels 2016) and in several venues including O.f.f.t.a (2015) Tangente (Montreal 2016), Palais de Tokyo (Paris 2016) and the Festival de Lausanne 2017. She explores and questions the cohabitation and resonance between “athletic and somatic bodies”. Since 2018, she has been working on her project Bright Worms (Théâtre Lachapelle April 2021), a research on bioluminescence that integrates video projection and light devices in collaboration with the sound artist Magali Babin.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of the province of Quebec
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live in the province of Quebec (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

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

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