Sylvie Tourangeau art performanceLA MAISON AUX VOLETS JAUNES
(à 1h. de Québec) Canada
This collective experimentation workshop on the practice of interdisciplinary performative actions is being offered to artists interested in the performative mode and in learning how to personalize and combine movements, words, images, objects, words, sound research, etc. It is intended for artists of all disciplines including the visual arts, dance, theatre, video, sound art, movement, clowning, storytelling, etc.
Through a gradual yet intensive learning process the Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance Art 1 training introduces participants to what is involved in the creation of a live action. They will try out presence, precision of intention and direct channeling practices, and will then turn to increasingly personalized, unpredictable and very precise performative actions and structures.
Thanks to various exercises such as centering, observation, dynamic meditation, energy storing and intensity channeling, mock performances, individual activities and short solo and group presentations, this workshop will enable the participants to develop the singularity of their practice. They will thus learn to:
Stress will be put on personalizing the body and how to use its transformative powers, as well as on multiple reference movement, and the presence of the artist-performer as a meaning catalyst and transformer
This hands-on workshop, which also consists of some theoretical components, is certain to have an impact on the artistic process of each participant, regardless of their discipline and their artistic creation interests.
Thanks to a progressive learning process, hands-on exercises, presentations with instructions, dynamic feedback, constructive commentaries, individual coaching before the group, and analysis of basic principles the participants will discover how to be conscious of the present moment, and experience various states of mind in the context of structuring performative actions.
A highly regarded pioneer of performance art in Québec, Sylvie Tourangeau has developed an active pedagogical approach intricately linked with her artistic research by giving form to notions such as dynamic motivation-connection-amplitude-action, inter-action, underlying self-coherence, etc.
Sylvie Tourangeau’s pedagogy draws on the practice of presence developed by one of Mérédith Monk’s main collaborators: Pablo Vela, Osho’s dynamic meditation, the authentic attitude fostered by Jorge Luis Goia’s Soma techniques, the unfolding of an action in the here and now as spelled out by BBB Johaness Deimling, Jean Dupuy, and Esther Ferrer, the interrelation between structure, body and object advocated by Jean-François Pirson, as well as concentration and endurance techniques taken from Butoh dance as taught by Yumiko Yoshioka and Mario Veillette.
The distinctiveness of Sylvie Tourangeau’s teaching derives from her over twenty-five years experience as an instructor of intensive performance art workshops during which she acquired a specialized expertise in the performative mode. She is recognized for her way of giving, adjusting and explaining work instructions which facilitate the progressive learning of how to manifest presence in a way that is at once authentic and performative. She adapts to each group and does not shy away from spontaneously inventing new processes that are better adapted to a given situation. This performer-teacher pays particular attention to each participant’s singularity and thus concentrates on the development of a distinct artistic work process.
More than fifty professional Québec performers have benefited from her coaching. Since 1983, numerous international organizations and festivals have requested her services in order to promote the transmission of the performative process.
“Let your own performative attitude go into action before establishing a relationship with the performer who you are.”
BIOGRAPHIC NOTE ABOUT THE INSTRUCTOR
Sylvie Tourangeau, who has been active in performance art since 1978, is interested in the unfolding of performative consciousness through minimal actions, which amplify the quality of presence, underpin intensity and personify the connection with the viewer. Performance, relational art, occasional ritual and workshop teaching are practices she has carried out for nearly 30 years. She has collaborated in the creation of artist books and written over thirty articles. In collaboration with Anne Bérubé and Victoria Stanton she is currently working on a book on the pedagogy, vocabulary and notion of the performative, which are themes she developed during training workshops and residencies she has been offering since 1983.