Queer Performance Camp aims to create new ways to connect, grow and build community, while supporting the development of queer artists through a program of shows, workshops, and gatherings. It is collaboratively presented by Studio 303, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) and La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines. On the agenda: two shows, four workshops for artists and several gatherings!
In these often uncertain and existentially challenging times, Queer Performance Camp emerges for its third edition! Seeking to provide a playful respite by and for the queer community, the Camp revels in the multifaceted nature of being human in all of its beauty and complexity, by encouraging dialogue and encounter between individuals and artistic practices; in short, being together! Invited artists explore animal states, interconnectedness, and making others laugh.
Decidedly outsider, Queer Performance Camp is a space to discover undisciplined artists and their non-binary and decentralizing approaches to power. It offers a world of possibilities and rainbows to which everyone is welcome and invited!
LEMON TREE / INDRIT KASAPI MSM
Thursday August 16 + Friday August 17, 8pm
@ MAI, Montréal Arts Interculturels
MSM [men seeking men] is a dance/theatre piece inspired by transcripts of online conversations between men who seek other men. Indrit Kasapi has created a world of electronic beats where music is the omnipotent power, and through choreography, movement, and text, deconstructs online male personas and their personal exchanges with other men. Presented to critical acclaim in June 2013 at Toronto Fringe Festival, the piece had its World Premiere as part of the WorldPride Festivities in Toronto in June 2014 and was nominated for 6 Broadway World Toronto Awards including Best Independent Theatre Production.
Wednesday August 22 + Thursday August 23, 8pm
@ LA CHAPELLE SCÈNES CONTEMPORAINES
In Abecedarium Bestiarium the Berlin-based choreographer Antonia Baehr has invited her friends to write short pieces for her, based on an alphabet of extinct animals: D is for Dodo, T is for Tasmanian tiger, S is for Steller’s sea cow… The authors choose an extinct animal that they feel strongly about. This brings about heterogeneous choreographic miniatures in which they reflect their respective affinity to the chosen animal as well as their friendship to Antonia.
SLEEPOVER PYJAMA PARTY
Tuesday, August 14 @ Studio 303
30 inflatable mattresses, a virtual campfire, an opening ceremony… Reserved primarily for artists and workshop participants. RSVP / Info → firstname.lastname@example.org
PRÉSENTATION INFORMELLE DES ARTISTES EN RÉSIDENCE
Wednesday August 15 @ Studio 303
Details to come. RSVP / Info → email@example.com
ÉCHANGE DE CONNAISSANCES SONORES & COLLATIONS
Friday August 17, 4:30pm to 7:30pm @ Studio 303
Neo Hülcker hosts a queer composer exchange. Bring scores, recordings, videos or whatever you’d like to share. RSVP / Info → firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, August 18, 9:00pm @ MAI, 10$
It’s high school with a happy ending. Come and experience why slow is beautiful, and why love is not ironic. Montreal’s Queer Slowdance has all slow songs, all night long!
A IS FOR ANIMAL
August 16 to August 18 (Thur.-Sat.), 10am to 1pm @ STUDIO 303
This workshop centers on an interest in the animal-human relation, seen under a queer light and revealed through performance, musical composition, and choreography.
Thursday August 16, 2pm to 4pm @ STUDIO 303
This workshop with Indrit Kasapi, artistic producer of lemonTree creations encourages creation by bringing participants to move around the space through an imaginary grid.
Friday August 17, 2pm to 4pm @ STUDIO 303
The main goal of this workshop is to encourage underrepresented/marginalized voices to write and perform stand-up comedy, by offering tools, exercises, advice and tips.
EMPATHY & IMPROV
Saturday August 18, 2pm to 4pm @ STUDIO 303
This workshop will serve as an introduction to improvised comedy and its foundations of celebrating failure and learning to say “yes” to the ideas of others.