Photo credit: Lucy Fandel

LUCY FANDEL – Listening to the site: traces and transformations

May 8 to 12, 2023 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate: 85$ with Services Québec support / 175$ regular rate
*Drop-in class rate:
22$ with Service Québec / 37$ if non-eligible
Language of instruction:
Questions can also be answered in English
23 people, priority for full week attendance
Open to artists of all disciplines


*Drop-ins welcome Monday and/or Tuesday only. Payment by credit card or e-transfer on site the morning of, if capacity allows (no reservations).

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This workshop is for artists and performers interested in developing a place-based creative practice supported by a strong ecological ethos. Through outdoor and indoor practices that include observation and movement exercises, participants are encouraged to question the meaning and role of ecology in their work and explore their personal and collective relationships to placehood. The workshop is a chance to feed your curiosity, develop tools for relating to your everyday surroundings, and to deepen your sensitivity to place through writing, drawing and movement.

Each day we will explore the transformations and physical qualities of our environment through the body, in discussion and with drawing and writing. The first part of the morning is an outdoor observation practice. In case of heavy rain, we will observe through the window. There will be a 10 minute travel time between the studio and the outside and vice versa. Afterwards, we will share our findings in the studio in discussion and with guided reflection and improvisation exercises, sometimes solo or in small groups. All instructions are given orally followed by an example. The way in which traces of observations are created can include written or shared words, drawings and body memory. People with reduced mobility may encounter obstacles outdoors and in transition from indoors to outdoors.

Lucy Fandel
is a French-American dance artist and writer based in Tiohtià:ke / Montréal. Her movement, teaching and writing practice is grounded in observation, listening, and engaging with environment. Through teaching, she seeks to help artists of all walks find joy and sensitivity in their everyday lives and become active stewards of their social and environmental ecologies. She has accompanied emerging artists in their creative development since 2016 as co-organizer of Nous Sommes L’Été, designing and mediating creative laboratories and as an artistic advisor. Lucy also facilitates discussions and cultural outreach events and has repeatedly guest lectured about environmental and place-based art at Concordia University.