Photo credit: Warwick Long

IN STUDIO: SYLVIE FORTIN (MTL) — Looking for blind spots in somatics

** FULL ** April 26 to 30, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $185, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In French
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!


Please bring a yoga mat.

CONTENT // Five years ago, I wrote an article to address the broadness of the field of somatics by looking at five dimensions touched upon by somatic practitioners: artistic, anatomic, social, ecological, and spiritual.  In this workshop, using the Feldenkrais method, we will concretely explore in our own body how somatics touches upon these dimensions of our being and bring awareness to possible blind spots associated with each dimension. By doing so, we will attempt to counter overzealous stances towards somatics while at the same time embodying its tremendous potential to generate individual and collective agency. During this five-day somatic journey, participants will cultivate plenty of food for thought to enrich their own creative practice. Each day, simple sequences of gentle, slow, and at times complex, movements, will  be guided verbally to challenge one’s habitual perception in a variety of structured and improvisational activities.

BIO // Sylvie Fortin offers group classes in the Feldenkrais Method to adults and works individually with children with motor development troubles. Previously a professor in the Dance Department at UQAM, she has accompanied many professional artists, as well as children and adults in vulnerable situations (fibromyalgia, depression, eating disorders, degenerative neuromuscular diseases, stroke, and drug addiction) through dance and somatic education. She is known for her numerous scientific publications and practical workshops in a wide variety of cultural settings (Asia, Africa, South America, etc.), but above all for her way of grasping conceptual ideas and transposing them into practice.


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.