Photo credit : Philemon Crête

IN STUDIO: STÉPHANE CRÊTE (QC) — Comfort in Discomfort

Feb. 22 to 26, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $150, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 12 people, priority for full week attendance

By registering for a workshop, you agree to cancel your participation if you have symptoms or suspect you may have COVID-19. Please read the Participant Engagement before registering. Thank you!


CONTENT // Desire, violence, nudity, exhaustion; to play with the limits of the performing body sometimes requires of us to face shadowy areas and things unspoken, as if it were normal, “in the name of art”, to venture into its slippery spaces to the detriment of our comfort and safety. This abandoning of our own limits too often generates confusion, emotional blockages or trauma. How then can we find comfort in the performance of scenes, choreography or preformative actions that are not comfortable to play? By applying communication tools to name our needs and fears, we will learn how to create safe spaces to further explore the outer limits of our performing bodies. Then, by adding a ritual dimension to our actions, we will see how to recover the sacred power of our creative acts.

BIO // A multidisciplinary artist, Stéphane Crête has been interested in the limits of representation for over 20 years, mainly through works created within the Momentum collective (Laboratoires Crête, Mycologie, Esteban). His fields of intervention concern both performance and ritual work. He teaches play and creative processes to students in theatre (UQAM, Lionel Groulx, École du Cirque), while refining a pedagogy of ritual practice with the school Ho rites of passage. Also active on the “psycho-spiritual” scene in Quebec and France, he offers various workshops that address issues related to presence and intimacy, through trance, conscious touch, and sacred sexuality.


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of Montreal Island
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live on the island of Montreal (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

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

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