Inspired by the intimacy, vulnerability and a moment of contemplation that live performance has the capacity to deliver in facing the void of our impermanence, we open the building for unexpected encounters with performance, nuanced and enchanting, in our continuing research in contemporary storytelling.
We have invited local performance artists to interpret spaces within the circulation pathways of the PHI Centre and engage with visitors in unexpected ways against a backdrop of media and sound programming and contemporary art installations.
The context of performance is to reflect on the time, space and interaction with an audience within the architectural framework and operations of the Centre. A space where fiction comes to life right in front of you in an attempt to formulate the human condition without explanation.
Inaugural performances and artists
FEBRUARY 24 AND 25 FROM 1 PM TO 5 PM:
Andréane Leclerc / Nadère arts vivants
Cherepaka means turtle in Russian. Composed of a shell and flesh, the turtle carries within itself the duality between eternity and ephemerality. Cherepaka depicts the death of a turtle and echoes the tension that inhabits human beings between their quest for infinity and the mortality of their animal flesh.
The approach is inspired by paintings by Francis Bacon in order to work on the “logic of sensation” (Deleuze) focusing mainly on the concept of the "Figure" and animal becoming.
Just like Cherepaka in its version of stage representation, this sculptural body seeks to deconstruct the spectacularity of contortion as well as that of the living spectacle, in order to make this acrobatic language a sensitive one, a material for representation.
MARCH 23 AND 24 FROM 1 PM TO 5 PM:
eXplo Group (Partnership)
Labos eXplo is a distribution platform for emerging artists, rooted in accessibility and benevolence, which recognises the importance of interdisciplinarity. We want to support and help up-and-coming artists, and act as a springboard for those who are not yet well known. We want to showcase your innovative ideas, which sometimes find it hard to find a place in contemporary programming.
This Labos eXplo showcase includes 3 distinct performances by artists Laura Côté-Bilodeau, Rozenn Lecomte and Olivier Charron & Charbel Hachem.
APRIL 27 AND 28 FROM 2 PM TO 4 PM:
Winnie Ho (Superhova) is an interdisciplinary dance performance artist and curator who was born in Hong Kong, and currently resides in Montréal. Her work embraces multiple disciplines including immersive installations, sculpture and dance. Weaving in various materials onto her body and inventing queer folklore/mythologies have been the fore-front of her dance making practice. Presently, she is working with notions of grief, pleasure and play as both a personal ceremonial practice and a public performance. Winnie was awarded the Laureate of the Power Prix 2022 scholarship award at La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse in Montréal. She was also the recipient of the 2017 Danceweb Scholarship Program at Impulstanz Festival in Vienna. Her latest solo work aWokening was premiered at Danse-cité in 2023. aWokening is an immersive sensorial experience of sound, smell and touch over metallic landscapes.
Artists in performance for the eXplo Group showcase
In 5 years, a lot can happen; Graduation from a theatre school, First professional contracts as an actress, A pandemic, The end of the world, 1 child, 2 children, 3 children, With the hope of a better world.
Rozenn Lecomte is a dance artist based in Tiohtià:ke/Montreal. She presents her creations in various venues by staging rebellious bodies, and she organizes and participates in many underground events as a choreographer, performer and artistic director.
Photo: Pénélope Ducharme
Olivier Charron and Charbel Hachem are multidisciplinary artists based in Montreal. Trained in theatrical performance, the duo was born out of a shared passion for music, chess and human behaviour. For their first collaboration, the duo invite us to take part in a ritualized performance about money.
Olivier Charron / Photo: Mélanye Bernier
Charbel Hachem / Photo: Mélanye Bernier
Call for performance projects
The call for performance projects is now closed. Thank you to all the artists who applied. Selected artists will be announced in the coming weeks.
This call for performance projects is aimed at extended performance created or adapted by solo artists or collectives, including but not limited to theatre, music, sound, dance, visual arts, performing arts, etc.
The selected performance projects will be presented between May 2024 and May 2025 at the PHI Centre.
Be an established or emerging artist based in Québec*;
Have a performance project (defined here as extended performance including but not limited to theatre, music, sound, dance, visual arts, performing arts, etc.) requiring minimal or light technical set-up.
*Artist collectives are also eligible
What is the performance fee for the Embodied Spaces series? Performance fees are calculated according to the type performance with the current CARFAC-RAAV rates.
Will PHI reimburse the production costs for my performance? There are no production fees available. The artist or collective must have the necessary material to present their performance.
In what space will the performances be presented? Performances may be presented in:
A fixed space, for example 10' x 10' (3 m x 3 m);
An elevator or a small staircase;
Strolling through several spaces.
The performance space will be determined with the artists or collective of the selected projects, depending on space availability.
Will it be possible to do a rehearsal in the presentation space at the PHI Centre? Access to the performance space for rehearsals or staging will be possible the day before the performance date, for a maximum of 4 hours. Please note that the space will still be open to the public, with free circulation, during the rehearsal or staging of the performance.
What arrangements and technical support does PHI provide for the presentation of performances? Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate complex set design or technical set-up. A basic lighting set-up and a sound console can be provided.
How do you select projects for the Embodied Spacesseries? The performances will be selected by the PHI Centre’s programming team, reflecting a diversity of expertise and perspectives.
What criteria are used to evaluate projects? Projects will be evaluated on the basis of the objectives and assessment criteria outlined below for the Embodied Spaces series, taking into account the relative value of the projects and the resources available.
Relevance and interest of the project within the series;
Quality of the proposed project;
Feasibility of the project.
Can I submit more than one project?
We strongly recommend that artists concentrate on a single project proposal, in order to submit the best of their work.
Will I be contacted if my application is unsuccessful? Only successful applications will be notified once the selection process is complete in March 2024.
Founded in 2012, the PHI Centre is dedicated to innovation at the frontiers of creative production and fosters the design, development, production, and presentation of a wide variety of disciplines and forms, with an emphasis on digital technologies and new media. Its programs and architecture are designed to be agile, adaptable, and highly productive.
At the intersection of art, film, music, design and technology, the PHI Centre works to expand the venues for creative production and consumption of art by offering unique, unclassifiable, engaging and constantly evolving programming. The Centre's original and eclectic artistic creations, both from PHI and from the international scene, include musical performances, screenings, interactive exhibitions, guest artist installations, lectures and workshops. The artists presented are daring, provocative and authentic precursors, reflecting the Centre's penchant for the innovative, the surprising, the exciting and the absurd.