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.

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 Jamila Johnson Small (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.

Social Dancing (AKA Negotiation)
with Keith Hennessy (SF, USA)
February 10-14, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
Shared experimental practice in the blessings and crises of social relationships.

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 Julie Ferguson, Kevin Jesuino, Winnie Ho and Melina Stinson. Following a week in Calgary in October at the Fluid Festival, the artists reunite in Montreal.

Studio 303 welcomes 3 artists in residence: Iqrar Rizvi (Toronto) as well as local dance-makers, Jordan Brown and Georges Nicolas Tremblay. Stay tuned for an informal showing by Iqrar and Jordan on February 9th!

SHOWS (presented by our partners)

I ride in colour and soft focus no longer anywhere
Jamila Johnson-Small/Last Yearz Interesting Negro (UK)
February 7-8, 2020 at 8 p.m. @ La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines 

Ariah Lester (Amsterdam)
February 14-15-16, 2020 at 8 p.m. @ MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels)

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

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