Performance Workshop with Sylvie Cotton

Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 9:30am to Friday, September 5, 2014 - 4:00pm

Hours: 9:30AM to 4:30PM
Language: French (with some individual guidance in English, if required)
Maximum number of participants: 12
Rate: $40 (member); $55 (non-member)
Payment required upon registration at articule (cash or cheque made out to articule), RSVP at or 514-842-9686

This two-day workshop addresses the energy that arises from taking a creative act, especially in a situation of performance and art-action. Participants will have a chance to look at how they relate to space and emptiness, and the questions those situations present.

The workshop is in four parts: 1) stretching and meditation; 2) continuous exercises in instantaneous performance; 3) creation of short performances according to precise rules; 4) journaling, exchange and discussion. Exercises will take place individually, in duo and sometimes as a group.
The workshop is very hands-on, focused on creativity in acts, attentiveness and exchange. The workshop is flexible and responsive to participants and to situations they will be invited to observe.
No previous knowledge of meditation or performance is necessary. Basic training on meditation will be given on the first day and all exercises in creativity will be guided at every step.
The workshop is addressed to artists and non-artists.

The workshop will be given in French but the facilitator is able to offer individual guidance in English, if required.


Sylvie Cotton attracts ordinary, tragic or magical life situations in order to project them back into the art field. To produce her artworks, which she names projects because they evolve continuously, she makes use of diverse artistic forms: performance and art-action, drawing, photography, installation and writing. Sylvie Cotton has shown her work on a regular basis both in Quebec and internationally since 2001. She has led numerous residencies and published two artist books, Je préfère tout and On est tous la même personne, as well as an essay on her practice in residency, Désirer Résider. A new book entitled Moi aussi, at once essay, story and artist book, coedited with Nathalie de Blois, was published by Éditions les petits carnets in 2013. Sylvie Cotton is also a meditation instructor. She is currently completing a PhD in Études et pratiques des arts at UQAM.


Participating artist(s): 
Sylvie Cotton (Montréal)
Image : Avec Stéphane La Rue, performance, TNL, 2011, photo : Guy L'Heureux.
Location - Venue: 
262 Fairmount O.
Montreal, QC H2V 2G3

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