Claudia Chan Tak

PARTS+LABOUR_DANSE (MTL) — Truth will out: performance and creation workshop

Jan. 14 to 18, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $300, non-eligible rate)
$17 drop-ins (unless full)
Open to artists of all disciplines / Bilingual teachers
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

As choreographers, one of our primary preoccupations is to encourage dancers to constantly reinvest in their own individuality in movement. How can you make clear, improvised decisions with material that allow for a real part of yourself to remain at the surface, available to yourself and to your audience? We will begin each day with a warm-up dividing the body into segments, working with multi-initiation points to create clarity, confusion, and new combinations for movement. The first two days of the workshop will focus on material that is currently living and being developed by the choreographers, before spending the rest of the workshop appropriating creative tools and exercises that will encourage the participants to create, develop, and remix their own material. Through these developments, we will encourage specificity and precision in multi-initiative movement all while working at cultivating spacial awareness and individual intention and presence.

Since being founded in 2011 by co-creators Emily Gualtieri and David Albert-Toth, Montreal- based Parts+Labour_Danse has held the mandate to invest in creating physically engaging experiences. Their work is preoccupied by questions of identity and morality: how do we define ourselves in relation to, in spite of, or as a result of the world around us? The duo continuously seeks to dive deeper into the formulation, creation, and presentation of contemporary dance, bringing these questions into their creative process. An underlying interest in transformative states and their effect on the body in movement are presently at the core of their focus. This interest is complemented by a desire to redefine partnerships in different modes of creation. To date, the company has presented its work extensively throughout Canada. Its repertoire includes The Calculated Risk Project (2010), In Mixed Company (2013) (Coup de pouce prize winner, VSLR Festival 2015), La chute (2013), noted as one of 2013’s top ten Canadian moments in dance by The Dance Current and winner of the Audience Choice Award at Toronto’s Dance: Made In Canada Festival in 2015, and La vie attend (2017) co-produced by Danse-Cité and presented by La Chapelle. They are currently involved in several new creations that will premiere over the next year.

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person ($1 to $2 fee)

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

*Emploi-Québec –  With the support of Emploi-Québec. In order to get this rate, participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent resident and live in Québec. Full-time students and social assistance beneficiaries are not eligible to this rate. In case of inadmissibility, you can refer to the non-eligible rate, contact us for questions.

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