MAI opens doors to differently-abled artists with paid residency program

"Et si on réimaginait le monde II" to host four groups of artists from April to June 2021

© Laurence Gagnon Lefebvre

In keeping with its ongoing commitment to sharing and facilitating access to its resources, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) will host four groups of artists in paid residencies in its gallery space over a 6-week period from April 26 to June 4. Each group – Audrey-Anne BouchardCorpuscule DanseJoe Jack and JohnMathieu and Simon Renaud – will have access to the space for 5 to 10 days.

Et si on réimaginait le monde II focuses on artists with visible or invisible disabilities, deaf, hard of hearing, neurodiverse, living with a mental illness, or with different abilities or physiques.

“Disability in all its forms exists in every community, in every facet of society. Liberation cannot be done alone; we must reach out to one another because we are all part of a growing movement. ‘We walk the road, roll the road, strut the road, crawl the road, we limp the road’ (Nomy Lamm).”

– Michael Toppings | Executive & Artistic Director, MAI

© Mikaël Theimer


Starting in 2019, Et si on réimaginait le monde II is rooted in the desire to develop a better understanding of disability, but also to challenge and change ways of thinking about accessibility, aiming for justice for all people with disabilities. Artists invited to conduct research and projects in development include:  

26 – 30 April
Le magasin ferme by Edon Descollines, Emma-Kate Guimond and Catherine Bourgeois (Joe Jack and John)

3 – 7 May
Fragments, a collective creation involving artists; Audrey-Anne Bouchard, Marc-André Lapointe, Marijoe Foucher, Laurie-Anne Langis, Joseph Browne and Vytautas Bucionis Jr.

10 – 14 May + 17 – 21 May
Troubleshoot by Mathieu and Simon Renaud

24 – 28 May + 31 May – 4 June
Cartographie : Les eaux intimes, by the following dancers-creators, guided by Georges-Nicolas Tremblay: Marie-Hélène Bellavance, Ariane Boulet, Anthony Dolbec, Simon Renaud and Alexandra Templier (Corpuscule Danse).

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Founded in 1999, MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) is a non-profit organization that supports the development, creation, presentation and promotion of intercultural arts for a variety of audiences. MAI’s programming promotes hybrid and innovative practices in dance, theatre, visual arts, speech arts, performance, music and interdisciplinary arts, while building bridges between artists and local communities through its Public + program.

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