Photo credit: Sylvie Tourangeau

IN STUDIO : SYLVIE TOURANGEAU (QC) — How is your sense of the performative?

** FULL ** April 19 to 23, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$100 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $260, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teacher
Capacity: 10 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 // Considered a pioneer of performance in Canada, Sylvie Tourangeau proposes this new workshop focusing on the personalization of our performative actions in different contexts and intensities of attitude and presence. The focus will be put on the nature of our motivations in creating, the awareness of what inhabits and distinguishes us, the clarity of our on-the-spot decision-making as well as the transformative effect generated by our engagement with each of our gestures. Thanks to a learning process composed of practical exercises, role-playing, real experiences in urban space, “presentations” following instructions, active commentary, the participants will be able to experiment with the full potential of their performative sense, regardless of the specific or habitual form their art takes.

BIO // In performance art since 1978, Sylvie Tourangeau (artist, author, workshop facilitator and curator) is considered a pioneer of performance art in Canada. She has published some sixty articles on a wide range of performers. With the collective TouVA, she publishes, in 2017, the bilingual book Le 7eSens sur le performatif. She founded the interdisciplinary training space Espace Sylvie Tourangeau, (Joliette 1995 to 2007) and developed a place for artist residencies, in the heart of Quebec’s built heritage, La maison aux volets jaunes (2015-2017) and La nouvelle maison jaune (2018-) dedicated to the performing arts (individual and collective artist residencies, coaching).


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 the province of Quebec
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live in the province of Quebec (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.