QUEER PERFORMANCE CAMP

Workshops: August 16-17-18, 2018

Artists of all generations, cultural backgrounds, abilities and practices are encouraged to participate. Priority space is offered to people with marginalized identities.
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A collaboration between Studio 303, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines. Queer Performance Camp aims to create new ways to connect, grow and build community, while supporting the development of queer artists trough shows, workshops and gatherings. It is an intentional and inclusive space for taking risks, making mistakes, pushing our practices, being critical and self-aware, and having fun, while remaining open and compassionate.

Today’s fractured political climate and impatient consumer society is existentially challenging to say the least, and queer camp provides participants a playful respite. For this 3rd edition of QPC, we are exploring being+together through an array of events including: a screen-free slumber party, a co-residency, a skill-share session, workshops on animal states, sharing space, ensemble performance, and making others laugh. Let’s do weird shit together and see what happens!

► ACTIVITY & SHOW SCHEDULE

Here is the complete workshop program.


 

A IS FOR ANIMAL WITH ANTONIA BAEHR + NEO HÜLCKER (BERLIN)

Aug. 16th – 18th, 2018 – 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. @ Studio 303
$70-125$ *(Sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines

This practical workshop weaves around our personal interest in the animal-human relation shed under a queer light and dealt in performance, musical composition and choreography. Since many years, the young composer Neo Hülcker (aka 1000 Tingles) and the middle-aged choreographer/performer Henry Wilde (aka Antonia Baehr) make work together and seperately around this theme. They make artwork in a variety of visual and acoustic forms including the fields of ASMR* and human-animal relationships. In this workshop, we will exchange scores, write portraits in animal metaphors for one another, improvise, and get inspired by online animal video-clips to create our own short performances, among other things.

* Autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR) is an experience characterized by a tingling sensation on the skin, a “low-grade euphoria” triggered by acoustic stimuli.

Neo Hülcker is a composer performer whose work focuses on music as anthropological research in everyday life environments. Their compositions evolve as situations, performance-¬‐installations, actions and interventions, and work with different kinds of public spaces. Neo studied composition and graduated with a Masters degree in 2013. In 2014 they have been a fellow of the Junge Akademie at the Akademie der Künste Berlin. Neo founded the youtube channel feminist as well as the channel ASMR studio berlin. They perform as the ASMR artist Thousand Tingles and are a part of the agency ASMR yourself. Their compositions have been performed at Wittener Tage für neue Kammermusik, Wien Modern, London Contemporary Music Festival, Münchener Biennale, Blurred Edges Festival Hamburg, dark music days Reykjavik, soundacts festival Athens, Internationale Ferienkurse für Neue Musik Darmstadt, Klangwerkstatt Berlin and elsewhere.

Antonia Baehr (aka Henry Wilde) is a choreographer performer and artist. Her works explore the fiction of the everyday and of the theatre, among other themes. She collaborates with various partners, frequently in the form of switching roles: from project to project, each artist alternately takes on the role of either guest or host. Baehr studied film and media arts at the Hochschule der Künste, Berlin, with Valie Export and has a Masters in Performance and Film from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago. Since 2006, she has taught as guest professor at several European colleges and has taken part in diverse group exhibitions (re.act.feminism, Center for Contemporary Arts Estonia Tallinn, Museo de Arte do Rio, MACBA Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art, et al.). In 2008, her book “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” was published, and “Abedecarium Bestiarium – Portraits of affinities in animal metaphors” was published in 2014. Her stage productions include “Cat Calendar” (2004), with Antonija Livingstone; “Larry Peacock” (2005), coproduced by Andrea Neumann and Sabine Ercklentz; “Rire / Laugh / Lachen” (2008); “Abedecarium Bestiarium” (2013); and “Normal Dance” (2016). With Sabine Ercklentz, Baehr produced two works for radio that were broadcast on WDR 3 in 2015. Baehr is the producer of the horse whisperer and dancer Werner Hirsch, the musician and choreographer Henri Fleur, the aspirant composer and ex-¬‐husband Henry Wilde, among others.


THE GRID WITH INDRIT KASAPI (TORONTO)

August 16, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Studio 303
$15-$30 (sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines

Everyone is welcome whether you identify as able bodied or disabled. The work is physical in structure and demands that the participants are fully present. In the past the workshop has been taken by artists who identify as dancers or movement based performers, as well as visual artists, writers, and artists who identify as Deaf, Disabled and Mad.

The Grid is a creation process that lemonTree creations has been using to generate their material for several of their critically acclaimed productions including MSM [men seeking men]. Indrit Kasapi (Artistic Producer) arrived at this process of creation heavily influenced by Anne Bogart’s Viewpoints. The Grid takes its name from the most basic principle of the process, in which participants move around the space through an imaginary grid. Several other elements are introduced during the workshop that facilitate creation from an instinctual rather than intellectual place. Physical and vocal explorations open doors to a way of generating material for performance makers that is not over-thought or analyzed but rather raw, guttural and often hard to explain.

Indrit Kasapi is the Artistic Producer for the Dora Nominated lemonTree creations and Associate Artistic Producer for Cahoots Theatre Company. He has worked with choreographers Roberto Campanella, Emmanuelle Jouthe, Susie Burpee, Michael Caldwell, Takako Segawa and most recently William Yong. Apart from MSM [ men seeking men] with lemonTree creations, Indrit most recently directed the critically acclaimed ROPE RUNNING OUT by Raf Antonio (11 Broadway World Nominations including Best Direction). Indrit also launched the lemonTree {studio} in 2012, a rehearsal space downtown Toronto, that serves as a creative hub for the independent artist community with various programs in place, including the RESIDENCY PROGRAM. Indrit is a graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada.


 

STAND-UP COMEDY WITH TRANNA WINTOUR (MONTREAL)

Friday, August 17, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. @ Studio 303
$15-$30 (sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines, in English.

The main goal of this workshop is to encourage underrepresented/marginalized voices to write and perform stand-up comedy, by offering writing and performing tools/exercises, confidence-boosting advice, and tips. Open to stand-up comedy beginners. This workshop is aimed at people who have just begun or plan on performing stand-up comedy; ideally participants would have at least three to five minutes of material to work with. This workshop cannot teach you how to be funny, but will help you develop your comedic voice, your stage confidence, and provide writing strategies. Participants will be encouraged to participate in writing exercises, and each participant will be given the chance to perform a 3-5 minute set. Participants can choose what type of feedback they would like on their performance. Workshop vibe: relaxed, inclusive, casual, informal, non-judgemental, conversational. This workshop is a safe space for being silly, free, and playful.

Tranna Wintour is an optimistic, spiritual, happy, raunchy, pop-culture-obsessed, fashion-hungry, transgender comedian, producer, and writer. With her unique brand of humour (and glamour!) Tranna has taken the comedy world by storm. She has performed in many festivals including Sled Island (Calgary), SheDot (Toronto), LadyFest, Pride Toronto, and Montreal Sketch Fest. For two consecutive years, Tranna and her creative partner/comedy soulmate, Thomas Leblanc, have performed their cabaret shows to sold-out crowds in Off Just For Laughs. In addition to the shows they perform together, Tranna and Thomas host a fabulous podcast called Chosen Family, which just recently cracked the iTunes comedy top 10! Upon seeing Tranna’s solo show at The Duplex in New York City, legendary artist, Sandra Bernhard, proclaimed: “a star is born!”


 

EMPATHY & IMPROV WITH COLOUR OUTSIDE THE LINES (MONTREAL)

Saturday, August 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
$15-$30 (sliding scale)

Open to artists of all disciplines.

This workshop will serve as an introduction to improvised comedy, as it establishes the foundations of celebrating failure and learning to say yes to the ideas of others. However, there will also be a special focus on listening and being attentive to others, and how it is the act of collaboration that really defines the improv experience. Time will also be given to explore what it means to put oneself in another’s shoes, as characters are created and developed – and how we can play those very different from ourselves with truth & dignity. This workshop aims to be playful & fun, promote a sense of team spirit amongst the participants, while also creating space for reflection regarding the way we perceive ourselves and others around us.

Colour Outside the Lines are a diverse comedy ensemble who are dedicated to uplifting narratives pertaining to family, immigration, and marginalization. They have been performing together for the past year, and during that time have partook in festivals such as Ladyfest Montreal & MPROV, as well as Studio 303’s Cabaret Tollé.

Individually each member of Colour Outside the Lines have been developing their performance skills over several years through a variety of different avenues ranging from theatre to storytelling. However, they are additionally unified by their love of teaching, as their ‘day jobs’ have all led them to be teachers or educators. This in turn has allowed each of them to become facilitators of theatre and improv classes and programs.


Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at info@studio303.ca.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person (1$ to 2$ fee)

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

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