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CREATIVE PROCESS WORKSHOPS with NOÉMIE LAFRANCE at THE BENTWAY

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The Bentway

250 Fort York Boulevard

Toronto, ON M5V 3K9

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Participate in a large-scale performance by world-renowned site-specific artist and choreographer Noémie Lafrance created for The Bentway site.

Sign up today to be a part of the creative process by participating in a series of Creative Process Workshops.


WORKSHOP DATES:

Adults (age 18-59)
Youth (age 8-17)
Elders (age 60+)

Adults

Workshop 1
March 23 or 24, 1pm-5pm

Workshop 2
March 30 or 31, 1pm-5pm

Workshop 3
April 6 or 7, 1pm-5pm

Workshop 4
April 13 or 14, 1pm-5pm

Workshop 5
May 4 or 5, 1pm-5pm

Workshop 6
May 14, 5pm-8pm

Elders

Workshop 1
March 23, 10:30am-12:30pm

Workshop 2
March 30, 10:30am-12:30pm

Workshop 3
April 6, 10:30am-12:30pm

Workshop 4
April 13, 10:30pm-12:30pm

Workshop 5
May 4, 10:30pm-12:30pm

Workshop 6
May 14, 5pm-8pm

Youth

Workshop 1
March 24, 10:30am-12:30pm

Workshop 2
March 31, 10:30am- 12:30pm

Workshop 3
April 7, 10:30am-12:30pm

Workshop 4
April 14, 10am-12pm

Workshop 5
May 5, 10:30am-12:30pm

Workshop 6
May 14, 5pm-8pm

To Register:

Participants will choose their own dates on a first come first served basis, until the capacity (25 per day) is reached.

To register, adults (age 18-59) must commit to attending a minimum of 4 workshop days. Please note that the same workshop is given on Saturdays and Sundays for adults.

Youth (age 8-17) and Elders (age 60+) must commit to a minimum 3 workshop days.

We encourage everyone to register for the May 14 workshop as we would like to gather everyone on the last day.

**Please note that we will require all participants to sign a waiver before their first workshop.**

ABOUT THE PROJECT

This new work by Noémie Lafrance created specifically for The Bentway site explores how our navigation of architecture and urban infrastructures is “choreographed” and investigates the political, social and cultural influences those choreographies impart on the human body and the social body. It is a site-specific work of “instructional choreography” created from a number of scripted instructions to be enacted by a group of 60 performers and the public across the full length of The Bentway site.

CREATIVE PROCESS WORKSHOPS

Leading up to the creation of this epic work, a series of 6 workshops will be held welcoming people from all segments of the community and all ages. Participants will engage with, and debate the ideas behind the work, questioning how urban infrastructure operates as a new form of social design and political power. The workshops will explore how structures (physical and relational) affect our social relations, define new ways of navigating, moving and thinking, and impact our lives, in general, as urban dwellers. The workshops will engage a wide range of participants (professional dancers and actors, members of the community at large, and future audience members) in round table discussions, collective writing exercises and group physical improvisations in movement and voice.

During the workshops we will use various improvisational techniques, such as movement-based and voice-based exercises to explore how body narratives are formed and to deepen our sense of embodiment. We will also embark in psychogeographic voyages of the site to develop group narratives. Both through discussions and embodied practices we will work collectively to create rule based exercised or define the “instructions” that will form the basis of this “work by instructions.”

**Participants of all experience levels are welcome.

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You can reach out to hello@thebentway.ca if you have any questions.

The Bentway is committed to fostering a positive and supportive creative environment that promotes equity and diversity and welcomes participation from persons with disabilities, Indigenous and racialized persons, women and individuals of diverse genders and sexual orientations.


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Noemie Lafrance is known for her innovative approach to public space interventions and her dance films. Her company Sens Production has produced numerous site-specific works in public spaces in New York City and internationally. Lafrance’s work includes Agora, which occupied the 50,000 sq feet then abandoned McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and Rapture staging the architecture of Frank Gehry. Her work has toured internationally and was presented as part of the Whitney Biennal in New York City, The Festival de Cannes, the Festival TransAmerique, among others. She has choreographed and directed music videos and concerts for artists such as David Byrne, Feist, Justin Timberlake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Snow Patrol, Amanda Palmer and many others.

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The Bentway

250 Fort York Boulevard

Toronto, ON M5V 3K9

Canada

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