In the current political climate, performance art becomes a crucial space through which to interrogate notions of identity, perception and agency – rather than bury those individualities under fantasies of homogenization or neutrality. Creative output, resulting from lived, subjective experience, is intimately linked to the body and its relationships with the outside world. Rejecting the idea of the body as defined by simple morphology, physical appearance or technical ability; but rather, as a corporeal “turf” embodying unstable tensions, the workshop will facilitate each participant’s exploration of the possible components of their personal dramaturgy, and the ways in which this dramaturgy both informs and empowers the creative process. Through group discussion, situational and movement exploration, journaling, and somatic practices, the participants will come to experience their relational body as the creative canvas.
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About Angélique Willkie
Performer, singer, dramaturge and pedagogue, Angélique Willkie began her dance training after completing a Master’s degree in Economics at McGill University. A graduate of The School of Toronto Dance Theatre, she subsequently pursued a career in Europe where, over 25 years, she performed with dance companies and independent projects throughout Europe, most notably Alain Platel/Les Ballets C. de la B., Jan Lauwers/Needcompany, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, and as a singer with the Belgian world-music group Zap Mama. Angélique has been among the more sought-after contemporary technique teachers on the European professional circuit, teaching companies, schools and festivals including ImpulsTanz (Vienna), Henny Jurriens Stichting (Amsterdam), SEAD (Salzburg), Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez (Brussels), Circuit-Est centre chorégraphique (Montreal) among others. Her dramaturgical work has included projects in dance-, music- and circus-theatre with artists as varied as Belgian theatre director/choreographer Isabella Soupart, French trapezist Mélissa von Vépy and Dutch choreographers Arno Schuitemaker and Pia Meuthen/PanamaPictures. Actively involved in Montreal’s professional dance community as teacher, mentor and dramaturg, Angélique has contributed to the work of choreographers Lara Kramer, Mélanie Demers, Fréderick Gravel, Clara Furey and Helen Simard among others. Assistant Professor in the Department of Contemporary Dance and co-director of Le PARC, the performing arts research cluster of Concordia’s Milieux Institute of Arts, Culture and Technology, her current research interests are firmly anchored in interdisciplinary artistic creation with a specific focus on the dramaturgy of the performer.