EMERGE: Spotlight on Performance, November 19–23 at the MAC

The Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC) and the cluster EUNIC Montréal (European National Institutes for Culture) invite the public to EMERGE, an event dedicated to contemporary performance, featuring a dozen European and Canadian artists invited to present recent works that address the multidisciplinary direction taken by some of today’s most engaging practices.

When: Tuesday, November 19 to Saturday, November 23, 2019
Where: Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, 185 Sainte-Catherine St West

Complete schedule

Free admission, ticket required

Tickets available starting Friday, November 8 online and at the MAC ticket counter

While performance produces a poetry of transgressive forms in which the body is the raw material of the work and the artist’s instrument, it is also part of a history where the performing arts, writing and image-based practices intersect. Thus the very title of the event refers to the song Emerge by the group Fischerspooner, which questions the issues of contemporaneity, the question of being and doing in the present times.

Echoing the performance program, workshops punctuated by conferences and exchanges will be held during the week. On the last day, Saturday, a forum will bring together the public, artists, curators, art critics, and theorists from here and abroad. The forum will be an opportunity to share thoughts on current events and issues pertaining to performance art.

EMERGE is a co-production of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, the Goethe-Institut Montréal and the Consulat général de France à Québec as members of the Montréal cluster of cultural institutes of member countries in the European National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), along with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura Montréal and the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa. The project received generous support from the Franco-German Fund, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Consulate General of Switzerland and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.

Mehdi Brit and Mark Lanctôt, Curators

Chantal Pontbriand, Curator of the Workshops and the Forum

Anne-Léonie Auer and Marjolaine Labelle, Coordinators

Invited Artists

Daina Ashbee (Canada), Uriel Barthélémi and Entissar Al Hamdany (France), Marie-Caroline Hominal (Switzerland), Dana Michel (Canada), Didier Morelli (Canada), Bridget Moser (Canada), PPKK – Sarah Ancelle Schoenfeld and Louis-Philippe Scoufaras (Germany), Marthe Ramm Fortun (Norway), María Salgado (Spain), Marinella Senatore (Italy)

Invited speakers

Anne Bénichou (Canada), Christian Jankowski (Germany), Julie Perrin (France), Ronald Rose-Antoinette (Canada), Alexandre St-Onge (Canada), Alice Ming Wai Jim (Canada), David Zerbib (France)

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