Performance Grandes petites manoeuvres © Manoushka Larouche

Sylvie Tourangeau (FULL)— How is your sense of the performative?

Oct. 30th to Nov. 3rd 2023 – 9:30 am to 1:30 pm (Mon.-Fri.)
Full week rate : $115
Drop-in class rate : N/A
Language of instruction :  French
Questions can also be asked in : English
Places are limited
Open to artists of all disciplines



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Sylvie Tourangeau proposes this training focused on the personalization of your performative actions in different contexts and registers of attitude and presence. The focus will be on the nature of your creative motivations, the awareness of what inhabits you and differentiates you, the clarity of your on-the-spot decision-making as well as the transformative effect generated by your commitment to each of the actions you take. Through a learning process consisting of practical exercises, situational exercises, concrete experiences in urban space, “presentations” with instructions, and active feedback, participants will experience the full potential of their sense of performativity, regardless of the specificities of their art forms.

The training includes individual work periods during which participants can work according to their abilities. For some exercises new alternatives can be suggested according to the needs of each participant. This hands-on workshop requires a certain physicality without exceeding your limits. This training based on authenticity of presence can generate some intense emotions. There is also feedback in small and large groups.

For your artistic research, it is essential that you bring at least one object from each of the following categories:

A THREE-DIMENSIONAL OBJECT like something you’ve had in your daily life for a long time, or something related to an important period in your life, or that puts you in a particular state, gives you energy, saddens you, refocuses you, etc.
A WORD RELATED OBJECT a popular song, a word, a love letter, a manifesto, a poem etc.
AN IMAGE RELATED OBJECT several photocopies of the same image in different sizes: small, medium and one at least 8 1/2″ x 11″ An image that speaks to you…

What’s important is your relationship to each of the objects you choose, not their functions, definitions, etc. We’ll work on your feelings, your memory, your sensations, etc.

In performance art since 1978, Sylvie Tourangeau (artist, author, workshop facilitator and curator) is considered a pioneer of performance art in Canada. She published with the TouVA collective in 2017 the bilingual book about the performative Le 7e Sens. She founded the interdisciplinary training space Espace Sylvie Tourangeau, (Joliette 1995 to 2007) and developed a place for personalized coaching, artist residencies, workshops in the heart of Quebec’s built heritage, La maison aux volets jaunes (2015-2017), La nouvelle maison jaune (2018-2022). Since 2023, she offers the same activities near the Parc des Chutes, in Quebec City. 

This workshop brings clarity and clear intention towards my practice.

– Charo Foo