Credits: Kinga Michalska

Queer Performance Camp

February 1 to 16, 2020
@ Studio 303 + partner venues

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 through workshops, gatherings and shows.

For this 4th edition, Queer Performance Camp relocates to the dead of winter. Let’s give each other love and light in this cold, dark time of year. This year’s activities include five eclectic workshops, creative residencies, public performances, and a Valentine’s day screen-free slumber party.

Click HERE for the full schedule + Facebook page

WORKSHOPS @Studio 303 

Presence, Focus and Availability
with Peter James
February 1-2, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Sat.-Sun.)
A rigorous exploration of our limits, self-perceptions and personal mythologies.

I have to give all names
with Last Yearz Interesting Negro (UK)
February 3-7, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
We will move from and through and with states of overwhelm. We will spend time at/tuning.

The space of the heart: weeeerk da’space through presence, pure creative intuition and intention
with Ariah Lester (Amsterdam)
Saturday February 8, 2020 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
We dance, we move, we sing, we speak, we dialogue about art and life from the space of the heart.

Dancing magic together
with Keith Hennessy (SF, USA)
February 10-14, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
A five-class series exploring the poetics, politics, and potentials of dancing together, supported by ritual technologies of divination, ancestors, elements, care, and prayer.

Queer contact (class and jam)
With Kinga Michalska + George Longshadow (Montreal)
Saturday, February 15 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Let’s explore contact improvisation’s queer potentials using somatic and clown techniques to warm up our connections to play and pleasure.


Slumber party
Friday February 14th, 2020 from 7 p.m. to 9 a.m. the next morning – $ 10 to 20 – Space is limited – RSVP
Open to all queer-identified performers and artists, with priority given to people involved in Queer Performance Camp and-or those with marginalized identities.
Screen-free Slumber party! Entry includes an inflatable mattresses and a breakfast. Activities may include pillow fights, vintage puzzles, tarot readings and more.  

This is actively built/CanDance Creative Exchange
This five-day research residency holds space for dance artists from the queer communities in Calgary and Montreal to dialogue, collaborate and create, while developing new art-making structures. Devised by Nate Yaffe, with participating artists Niuboi, Kevin Jesuino, Winnie Ho and Melina Stinson. Following a week in Calgary in October at the Fluid Festival, the artists reunite in Montreal.
Informal showing: Saturday February 8th, at 5 p.m. @ Tangente

Studio 303 welcomes 3 artists in residence: Iqrar Rizvi (Toronto) as well as local dance-makers, Jordan Brown and Georges-Nicolas Tremblay.
Informal showing by Jordan and Iqrar: Sunday, February 9th at 2 p.m. @ Tangente

SHOWS (presented by our partners)

I ride in colour and soft focus no longer anywhere
Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro (UK)
February 8, 2020 at 8 p.m. + Feb 9 at 4 p.m. @
La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines 

Ariah Lester (Amsterdam)
February 13-14-15, 2020 at 8 p.m. @
MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)

As a QPC participant, you get a special rate at the two QPC shows! Just $ 18,50 for I ride in color and soft focus, no longer anywhere by Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro(UK) at La Chapelle and only $22 for  white [ariane] by Ariah Lester at MAI!

Thank you to the Caisse de la Culture Desjardins for supporting the Queer Performance Camp artist residencies.

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