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Sylvie Tourangeau art performance


(à 1h. de Québec) Canada
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Two Work shop

July 1st to July 9th (5 days)


July 22th to July 28th (5 days) NEW

At the House with Yellow Shutters, Ste-Agathe-de-Lotbinière

It is under the sign of exchange, of the essential and of voluntary simplicity that I invite you to two summer workshops in a house surrounded by woods and fields !  We’ll be a group of five artists who will evolve within the context of a collective (group) residency, daily sharing and who will participate together at the heart of a rural Quebec landscape.
While staying focused on the specific nature and needs of the performing artists that you are, we will concentrate on the meaning of your performance.We will focus on our sense of the performative, the personalization of our actions, and the ritual dimension of our movements.

 COST (15 meals and accommodation included / 6 nights)
 According to your annual income
Less  12,000. $                                             400. $
Between 12,000 and 14,999. $                     450. $
Between 15,000 and 24,999. $                     500. $
Between 25,000 and 29,999. $                     575. $
30,000 et +                                                    650. $


REGISTRATION :    To reserve your place, a deposit of 100. $ (non-refundable but transferable) before June 15th, 2018(first check received first registered). Interac transfer or check shipment (dated June 15th)

           Info. : stourangeauperformatif@gmail.com


Would you like to know more ? We can organize a telephone appointment.
Collective residency is summarized as follows : we will be in nature (in the Lotbinière region, South-shore), we will develop an intensive process over five days, benefiting from work periods and individual coaching. In addition, we’ll experience dormitory style living for 2 or 3 (art and life), and as a bonus, evenings shared around a campfire under a starry sky !!!
Until then, wishing you happy moments in all of your projects and enjoy being in a momentary community invested in performance art.

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:


  • Understand some basic principles of performance
  • Manifest an authentic presence
  • Communicate in accordance with performance art practice
  • Personalize their approach by combining movements, words, images, objects, words, sound research etc.

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.”


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.





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