Research + Projects
As performance practitioners we articulate our research through our diverse practices. These practices are compositional, participatory, theatrical, performative, choreographic, perceptual, dramaturgical, improvisational and comprovisational.
These research projects are initiatives anchored in LePARC, led by our members and benefiting from LePARC resources.
This is a two-year, international research-creation project led by research-practitioner Angelique Willkie that aims to rethink the body of the dancer as a political site of corporeal singularity and an active point of departure for creation, rather than merely an instrument for channeling the creativity of others.
The dancer’s body is often thought of as a vessel for the choreographer’s creative input, yet many choreographic processes rely on the embodied improvisational responses of dancers to generate movement and theatrical material for development and performance. Furthermore, audiences never read bodies on stage neutrally: race, gender, age and movement style affect the way a dancer’s body is interpreted. In our current political climate where visible minorities do not have the luxury of being blank canvases, performance is a crucial space in which to interrogate notions of identity, perception, and agency, rather than bury those individualities under fantasies of neutrality.
This project spearheads much-needed discourse between Montreal, a hub for performing arts in Canada, and Europe, where dance dramaturgy has established roots. The project’s overall goal is to strengthen the position of dramaturgy in the field of dance, currently a fledgling practice in Canada, and shift dramaturgical reflection about creative processes, with emphasizing the corporeal dramaturgy of the dancer as a source rather than a repository or medium.
REFLECTIVE INTERATIVE SCENARIO ENACTMENTS (RISE)
Led by Dr. Eldad Tsabary and funded by Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Reflective Iterative Scenario Enactments (RISE) is a Le PARC based 5-year (2020-2025) research-creation project designed to enact and investigate cataclysmic scenarios in 10 mini-operas. Various narratives from among humanity’s greatest fears (pandemics, ecological disasters, economic collapse, political strife and warfare, technological disasters, surveillance and loss of human rights, cosmic disasters, etc.) will be dramatized in the opera medium and studied collaboratively. The creative process will involve critical reflection sessions in which the research-creation team and members of the public will freely debate emergent matters related to the narrative of the mini-operas and their impact on humanity, challenges to the opera medium, collaborative strategies among researcher and creators from diverse fields and career stages, and production-centred topics.
Learn more here: https://riseopera.ca/
The initial research team is comprised of
Dr. Eldad Tsabary (PI, Music Department);
Dr. Donna Hewitt (Collaborator, Music, University of New England, Parramatta Australia)
Dr. Ricardo Dal Farra (Co-applicant, Music Department)
Dr. Deanna Yerichuk (Co-applicant, Community Music, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo ON)
Dr. Patrick Leroux (Co-applicant, Department of English)
Dr. Sabine Bergler (Co-applicant, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering)
A processual, experimental curatorial project
This project aims to establish a practice of exhibition making that occupies the more-than: The more-than curatorial arrangement, the more-than curatorial as authoritative or authorial, and the more-than of hierarchical systems of knowledge which know themselves in advance. We propose curatorial research-creation to be a practice of attunement, where we continually question what a work is doing in its emergence, as it labours to establish value. What contexts build works? How does the work build contexts?
Treva Michelle Legassie, a Phd Candidate in Communication Studies, brings her research interests in indeterminate landscapes to consider the rehabilitative potentials of art-making for sites literally and metaphorically at the margins. Matthew-Robin Nye is an artist and PhD student in the Interdisciplinary Humanities, whose theoretical concerns are oriented by the keyword ‘wildness’ in performance and architecture, and the affective and virtual processes that come to form and inform our knowledges of bodies in space. Karen Wong, an independent curator and design researcher, has a long-standing interest in the structure of space itself, and is motivated by investigations of spatial vocabularies with emphasis on landscape, public spaces, and (re)generative frameworks.
Embodied Interventions is student-run a performative platform for the research-creation projects of LePARC’s student membership. Structured as a week-long creation residency in Concordia’s Black Box, some of the projects are the fruit of months of individual or collaborative gestation, others are born of spontaneous meetings during the residency itself. The event culminates in a weekend of presentations, performances, discussions, workshops and reflections to share the various projects and practices that compose our student members. Learn about this year's edition.