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PHI Centre 407 Saint-Pierre St
Montreal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3

From February 24 to December 31, 2024
Monthly performances. Discover the dates and artists by clicking here.

Free to the public

A monthly gathering of live performances

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About the project


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.

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New season of performances

Discover the artists in the new Embodied Spaces program for the new season, Summer 2024. The performance schedules will be announced shortly.

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MAY 25 & 26
Sara Harton & Lila-Mae Talbot


Based in Montreal, Lila-Mae Talbot and Sara Harton are two dance artists who have been performing on the international scene for nearly 20 years.

During the summer of 2021, they undertook a co-creation project entitled Autotomy through which they discovered the power and extent of their collaborative work.

Questioning and pushing back the frameworks and structures in which we evolve, these two women have fun in malleable propositions, enriched by its infinite possibilities.

Preview of their work ↗

Photo: Sasha Onyshchenko

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JUNE 29 & 30:
Marcella França


Marcella França is a Brazilian multidisciplinary artist based in Greater Montréal. Her practice blends contemporary dance, digital technologies, and visual art, expanding artistic conventions to create performances, digital arts, immersive installations, and public art, addressing decolonial, ecofeminist, and immigration issues. Marcella has exhibited in notable galleries and festivals such as Art Souterrain (MTL), SAT (MTL), Montreal en Lumière Festival (MTL), Optica Festival (ES/FR), Amazonia MAPP (BR), as well as La Centrale Powerhouse (MTL), Articule (MTL), Agrégat (MTL), OI Futuro (RJ, BR), and Carmichael Gallery (CA, USA).

Photo: Fernando Belote / Photo editing and direction: Marcella França

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JULY 20 & 21:
Catherine Desjardins-Béland


Catherine Desjardins-Béland develops her corporality through circus arts and somatic practices. She uses and deconstructs codes inherent to it such as risk, prowess, and rhythm, but her proposals bear little resemblance to them. Brailler comme une Madeleine is a work that is both personal and universal. It tells a story of family, decomposing flesh, and profound inner peace.

Photo: Emilie Poirier

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Established in 2014, LA TRESSE is a laterally arranged organization whereby the three founding members co-choreograph and perform physically driven works that explore interdependence and the transporting power of imagination. Embodying a connection to pleasure, they craft contrasting worlds using imagery and archetypal symbolism, guiding audiences to places both familiar and unknown. With a commitment to intuitive decision-making and collaborative listening, their repertoire includes trios, ensemble compositions, and commissioned pieces.

KINSCAPE, conceived exclusively for the PHI Centre, is performed and created by: Geneviève Boulet, Erin O'Loughlin & Laura Toma.

Preview of their work ↗

Photo: Do Phan Hoi / Pictured: Geneviève Boulet, Erin O'Loughlin & Laura Toma

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Embodied Spaces artists

Discover the artists who performed in the PHI Centre spaces for the Embodied Spaces series.

More Events at PHI

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Marc Quinn

October 5 January 6, 2008

Gathering over forty recent works, DHC/ART’s inaugural exhibition by conceptual artist Marc Quinn is the largest ever mounted in North America and the artist’s first solo show in Canada

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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February 22 May 25, 2008

Six artists present works that in some way critically re-stage films, media spectacles, popular culture and, in one case, private moments of daily life

Exhibition Contemporary Art


Sophie Calle: Take Care of Yourself

July 4 October 19, 2008

This poetic and often touching project speaks to us all about our relation to the loved one

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Christian Marclay: Replay

November 30 March 29, 2009

DHC/ART Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to present the North American premiere of Christian Marclay’s Replay, a major exhibition gathering works in video by the internationally acclaimed artist

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Michal Rovner: Particles of Reality

May 21 September 27, 2009

DHC/ART is pleased to present Particles of Reality, the first solo exhibition in Canada of the celebrated Israeli artist Michal Rovner, who divides her time between New York City and a farm in Israel

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Living Time

October 16 November 22, 2009

The inaugural DHC Session exhibition, Living Time, brings together selected documentation of renowned Taiwanese-American performance artist Tehching Hsieh’s One Year Performances and the films of young Dutch artist, Guido van der Werve

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Eija-Liisa Ahtila: Int. Stage-Day

January 29 May 9, 2010

Eija-Liisa Ahtila’s film installations experiment with narrative storytelling, creating extraordinary tales out of ordinary human experiences

Exhibition Contemporary Art
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Jenny Holzer

June 30 November 14, 2010

For more than thirty years, Jenny Holzer’s work has paired text and installation to examine personal and social realities

Exhibition Contemporary Art