Category Archives: Performance Art

Meg Hunter presented by Agora de la Danse at Usine C (Oct.13-15)

Hunter / Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods © Iris Janke

Hunter / Meg Stuart / Damaged Goods © Iris Janke

Discovering traces in the land of small things that linger around her body….a cartoonesque body, a shamanist chanting ritual…” Meg Stuart, Damaged Goods Website

Stretched onto different surfaces and ricocheting across media, interior states refract and resonate in a shared world…” Meg Stuart, Damaged Goods Website

Cette masse de souvenirs, elle la lance en vrac sur le plateau, les retaillant ensuite un par un. Elle souffle : « Ces actions m’ont donné le sentiment d’influencer à la source même de ces blessures ». DFDANSE

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[About Town] Portraying Heterodoxy: Love U Lovecraft at Théatre de La Chapelle March 22- April 2

A gruesome stage with distressed walls. The inside of a manor of past great glory. A “great house”, as it were. This great house has something of a rootedness, something of an invasiveness especially after the incident. The house with the vines that will soon overrun it, the detritus state it will soon be in also being the detritus state its two inhabitants will live with it.

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[About Town] Softmachines at the End of Time: A Review of Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, on display at Montreal’s Musée D’Art Contemporain, February 11- May 22, 2016

Stones only, the disjecta membra of this Great House,

Whose moth-like girls are mixed with candledust,

Remain to file the lizard’s dragonish claws.

The mouths of those gate cherubs shriek with stain;

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About Town Nov. 5 – 20th

Scrivener & McGill Improv Present: A Live & Hearty Starlit Eventide of Muse-Hallowed Verse Enacted by the Spontaneous Thespian ClubScrivener Creative Review and McGill Improv are combining forces! Join them for a night of fun times, live poetry reading, and improvised scenes inspired by their poets’ work. Also, there’s food! It will be on Nov. 11th, 7:30pm at Le Cagibi. 

Cité sans frontières / Solidarity City / Ciudad Solidaria (Montréal) présente ★ Party de financement et danse reggae // Reggae dance party fundraiser ★ Vendredi le 6 novembre, Cafe l’Artere (7000 avenue du Parc - metro Parc), à partir de 22h (jusqu’à tard!) $5 à $10 ou payez comme vous pouvez.

Eastern Bloc Lab is hosting a DECONSTRUCTING THE SCIENTOLOGY E-METER (workshop). The workshop is given by Jamie Allen and Shintaro Miyazaki, in the context of BPLTC II. The technological presents itself as the forward image of our desires, and these projections often cause us to hide what should be resolute disappointment or dissatisfaction. Often things that don’t work simply must, as we’ve invested so much time, effort, emotion and money in them. (We would feel rather silly admitting how cumbersome and dysfunctional our new laptop is, after spending several thousand dollars on it… yet it still can’t connect to the printer!). This rather legitimate disappointment we moderns often hide from ourselves is part of what makes all technologies in some sense ‘apocryphal’: dubiously authentic, spuriously reliable, and suspectly ‘functional.’ All thinking is speculative, and technologies absorb this speculation: from truth telling, to bodily enhancement, to cognitive amplification. (Saturday November 7, 2015, 1pm – 4pm – Sunday November 8, 2015, 10am – 4pm. Price: $30) To reserve your place, please email lab@easternbloc.ca (10 people max!)

Librairie Drawn & Quarterly presents Carrie Brownstein launches Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl in conversation with Jessica Hopper on Nov. 16th, 7-9pm (doors close at 5:30pm), at the Ukrainian Federation Hall. Carrie Brownstein is the guitarist in pioneering rock band Sleater-Kinney and the creator/co-star of the wildly popular television show Portlandia. Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (Riverhead Books) is Brownstein’s debut, a candid, funny, and deeply personal look at making a life—and finding yourself—in music. Brownstein will be in conversation with Jessica Hopper, senior editor at Pitchfork and author of The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic (Featherproof Books). Tickets on sale 10am, Friday, October 9th. Available at 211 Bernard Ouest or online https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/carrie-brownstein-launches-hunger-makes-me-a-modern-girl-tickets-18998718679 $15 or free with a purchase of Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl (in store only) stop by (211 Bernard Ouest) or call (514-279-2224) to reserve a ticket with a credit card.

 

“ANTIPODES”: A Review of Frédéric Tavernini’s Wolf Songs For Lambs at Théatre La Chapelle, April 14, 2015 (Théatre La Chapelle, April 14-18 2015)

©Brianna Lombardo

©Brianna Lombardo

Lewis Carroll‘s devotional  to the world of children (intertwined with his own personal controversies) might act as exemplary of the very two way street that sits along all apparent surfaces; Carroll’s oeuvre and life with “bizarre and esoteric words, grids, codes, and decodings”[1].

As in his type of work, the  glyphs, word/world constellations, and dances across the page and in the story might break the axes of otherwise accepted surfaces. These surfaces might have “certain points of one figure” referring “to the points of another figure”;  that below and beyond the surface of things, there might be another world and realm that corresponds to that above, “an entire galaxy of problems with their corresponding dice throws, stories, and places”[2]

Lewis Caroll

Lewis Caroll

Frédéric Tavernini presents this beyond or below the surface of things in his latest dance theatre piece, Wolf Songs For Lambs. As Tavernini says of his daughter’s influence on the piece, “My daughter made me want to become a child again, and like her to construct a whole imaginary child’s world seen by an adult” (DFDANSE).

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