To celebrate twenty years of PME-ART, co-artistic director Jacob Wren wrote a book entitled “Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART“, a compelling hybrid of history, memoir and performance theory. But books about performance never feel like enough on their own. Addressing performance requires performance. Therefore we also created A User’s Guide to Authenticity is a Feeling.
An artist talk turned inside out, a performance asking: why do we do it, why do we continue to believe so stubbornly in the fragile but essential act of “being yourself in a performance situation,” and how do we continue to hope against hope that our destabilizing tangle of art and politics might still, in some small way, change the world. The show also documents the reactions of PME-ART’s past and current collaborators. What they agreed with and what they found unfair, demonstrating that collaborative dynamics are always complex.
A lecture-performance by : Jacob Wren with the explicit or implicit contributions from PME-ART’s collaborators
Costumes : Claudia Fancello
Technical Direction and Lighting: Paul Chambers
Production and Technical Manager : Nikita Bala
Production : PME-ART (Montréal)
A PME-ART Production, created in residency and co-produced by La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (Montréal), Inkonst (Malmö), and FTT (Düsseldorf) supported within the framework of the Alliance of International Production Houses by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media. With the support of the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal._ Diffused by La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines.
A User’s Guide to Authenticity Is a Feeling
JACOB WREN + PME ART
April 17th – May 8th, 2019 at La Chapelle