Public Recordings. photo credit: Feminist Art G

PUBLIC RECORDINGS (TO) – What’s collective?

Jan. 13 to 17, 2020 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $130, non-eligible rate)
$17 drop-ins unless full (or $28, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines/Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

 In collaboration with Studio XX

In this workshop Public Recordings offers ways and means of making that promote shared agency. Over five days, participants will explore practical elements and systems from some of our recent performance projects. Through physical practice, sound-making, listening, writing, and reflection, we will articulate tensions between different conceptions of collectivity and explore how they migrate across art forms.

Inspired by “Popular Education” philosophy, What’s collective? seeks to emphasize the lived experience of participants as the catalyst for shared understandings to emerge. Beginning with a reading of Jo Freeman’s text “The Tyranny of Structurelessness”, this workshop provides a space to consider how group processes can produce positive outcomes–– inside and outside of art.

This workshop will be co-facilitated by three Public Recordings Associate Artists, and is intended for artists and performance practitioners of all kinds.

What’s collective? has been developed with the support of the Milieux Institute and LePARC at Concordia University.

Public Recordings is a collective based in Toronto since 2003. Led a team of Associate Artists, Public Recordings develops and presents hypotheses about group work using dance, theatre, music, publication and other collective gestures. Their work has been shown across Canada, Europe, Australia and Asia. Recent projects include a large-scale music and sound-based performance called To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation, and a site-specific theatre work called Other Jesus, presented by Festival TransAmériques in 2019. 

Liz Peterson is a performance maker based in Toronto and Melipilla Chile, whose work investigates gesture, archetypes, autobiography and belonging. Her work has been presented in Canada, the US, Ireland, Spain and Chile. Since 2005 she has worked as a performer and collaborator with Aluna Theatre, Bad New Days, David Levine, EW&FCO, Jordan Tannahill, Life of A Craphead, Maryse Larivière, Melanie Gilligan, Oliver Husain, Peter Hinton, Philip McKee, and Small Wooden Shoe among others. She is a co-founder of performance collective Events in Real Time, and is currently an Associate Artist with Public Recordings. Liz is a graduate of the University of Toronto Drama Program.  

Evan Webber is a writer, dramaturge and performance maker, whose work deals with the uses and effects of stories. An Associate Artist of Public Recordings, Evan’s collaborative work has been presented by Blackwood Gallery, Art Gallery of York University, the Bina Ellen Gallery, Art Gallery of Ontario, Wiener Festwochen, Espace Libre, Sound Live Tokyo, TPAM-Performing Arts Meeting in Yokohama, the Banff Centre, Brisbane Festival, Festival TransAmériques and others. He’s been twice nominated for a Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, and his writing has been published in C Magazine, Canadian Theatre Review, The Coming Envelope, Geist and others. 

Christopher Willes is an artist, composer/musician, and researcher based in Toronto and Montreal. His work is concerned with the relationships between music/sound, listening, perception, and social-political thought. His projects have been presented across Canada, in the USA, and the UK. He is an Associate Artist with Public Recordings, and has worked continuously over the past decade as a sound maker and dramaturge with many contemporary dance artists in Canada. Christopher is a recipient of a Chalmers Arts Fellowship (Canada), a fellow at the MacDowell Colony (USA), and affiliate researcher at LePARC (Concordia). He studied music at the University of Toronto, and received an MFA from Bard College (USA).

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at To reserve your spot, payment is required 2 weeks before the start of the workshop.

Payments – check, cash, credit card (3% fee) or by Interac transfer (write to for procedures)

Who can benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec?
– Artists or cultural professionals, Canadian citizens or permanent residents living in Montreal
– Foreign workers with a temporary work permit living in Montreal
– Employment Insurance or social assistance recipients are welcome (please notify your agent at Service Canada or MTESS)

– Part-time students

 Who has to pay the full rate?
– People residing outside Montreal
– Full-time or foreign students

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

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