Embodied Interventions is a performative platform for the research-creation projects of LePARC’s student membership that began in 2019.
The student-led event culminates in a weekend of presentations, performances, discussions, workshops and reflections to share the various projects and practices of our cluster.
Following an intensive residency of interdisciplinary collaboration and performance creation, over ten artists and researchers shared their work in this two-day student-led showcase. The performances, installations and discussions took over various Milieux Institute spaces, inside and out over the course of several hours.
In the spring of 2020, the LePARC planned to host the second edition of Embodied Interventions from May 4th to 10th 2020, to provoke a sharing of performance practices amongst the Concordia community and beyond. We opened a call for “instigations”: ideas, scores, prompts for creative processes, which we shared with interested students, artists and researchers of the LePARC community. Some projects were well on their way when the event was cancelled due to COVID-19, while others remained in a more embryonic stage.
In the hopes of encouraging these inspiring creative efforts in a turbulent time, event coordinators Aaron Richmond, Ayam Sabah, and Lucy Fandel proposed an alternative structure of instigations to the cluster and larger community, based on adaptable intervals of exploration.
Members of the extended LePARC community were invited to lead embodied interventions in this new reality. The basic format began with an introductory virtual meeting session in which collaborators shared a prompt, a score, an idea, or a process. The group then decided how explorations should happen: in real time, individually, daily, weekly, virtually, at home, or along a specific site at different times. Once the duration of the prompt was over, participants reconvened for a reflective discussion and to share documentation of their exploration.
Intervals in the spring of 2020 were initiated by Sarah Wendt and Pascal Dufaux, and lo bil with contributions from Aaron Richmond, Melina Scialom, Victoria Stanton, Olivia McGilchrist, Kasey Pocius, Lucy Fandel, Ayam Sabah, Paule Gilbert, and Xdzunúm Trejo.