August 20-27, 2015
I have the pleasure of interviewing two young performance artists who are doing a four-week project of cycling around Montreal’s east end on a regular work-day schedule, once a week for the month of August. Their ‘déambulation’ has them carrying out actions, as prescribed to them like recipes by invited guests (who gave them actions in advance). Not seeing these directives before the day begins, the artists pick them at random out of paper bag, and go off separately in search of the spontaneous and the ‘daily performative.’ You can see a clip of our first interview here:
July 29, 2015
“Entre chien et loup” refers to that time of day when it is difficult to distinguish between THIS (dog) and THAT (wolf). This evening of site specific performances takes this liminal period as an opportunity to explore the potential of performative interventions in urban public space. Actions will play off Montreal’s downtown as an architectural, social, and political environment. The event brings together five local artists: Christian Bujold, Adriana Disman, François Morelli, Victoria Stanton and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif. Each artist is an active participant and contributor to the Montreal performance/art community. Curated by Didier Morelli, the evening offers a fluid environment of engagements with the urban fabric. Guiding the audience with both furtive and overt gestures and actions, the artists respond to sites and claim spaces as historical markers and political realities. The audience, as part of a procession, is invited to accompany, witness, and take part in these ambulant works in order to discover the city and its past. Our intention is to highlight the streets as active sites of play, exchange, resistance and spectatorship with live art, animating both the visible and invisible city of Montreal.
The event is part of Vital Memories, a two-day Performance Studies Focus Group (PSFG) at ATHE Pre-Conference (July 29 – 30). Performances begin at the front of the Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd West, at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, July 29, 2015. The evening of performances is open to all those interested in attending and will last until approximately 9:00 pm. The processions’ planned trajectory is available on this page. The performances occur rain or shine.
– When: Wednesday, July 29, 2015 -> 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
– Where: Departure at the Fairmont, The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René Lévesque Blvd West
– Who: Christian Bujold, Adriana Disman, François Morelli,
Victoria Stanton, and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif