Focus days Between traces and writing: May 15 to 18, 2018

The FJPP is delighted to invite you to our upcoming focus days, organized in collaboration with the Dance Department at UQAM and Hexagram UQAM. Here is a brief overview of the program (unless otherwise mentioned, all guests are based in Quebec).


Tuesday, May 15
Traces and writing in dance
What do we mean by traces, writing, notations, diagrams and scores? How can we define orality, writing and memory in dance? What are their essence and scope? How can we preserve a work over time?
With Simon Hecquet (France), Armando Menicacci
Facilitator: Anne Bénichou

Creation and documentation
What are the traces left by dance works and the multiple ways in which they re-emerge? How can we define or experience the act of re-performing? How does the creative process influence documentation and vice versa?
With Amy Bowring (Toronto), Lucie Grégoire, Valérie Lessard
Facilitator: Lise Gagnon

Creation and body/archives
What do we mean by body/archives? Who creates through body/archives? What is created? How are traces, archives, memory and scores expressed through the body during the creative process?
With Daina Ashbee, Anne Collod (France), Manon Levac, Enora Rivière (France)
Facilitator: Sophie Michaud


Wednesday, May 16
Digital technologies: documentation and creation
Can digital technologies help us bring the past to life so we can better understand the present? Do technologies create new forms of symbolization? How do we bring digital realities and dance together? How does the digital landscape challenge our notions of authorship? How can we resist the temptation to accumulate and store massive amounts of data? What can we say about our fascination with technology?
With Armando Menicacci, Alexandre Michaan (France), Denis Poulin, Thecla Schiphorst (Vancouver)

Transmission, memory and identity
What is the role of memory during the creation and transmission of a work? Can we avoid destroying a work’s vital spirit when we conserve it? How can the graphic transcription of movement be used to create dance scores? How does the transmission of dance reflect our identity—past, present and future? What do we conserve as the essence of our creative selves?
With Claudia Jeschke (Germany), Simon Hecquet (France), Zab Maboungou, Danièle Desnoyers


Thursday, May 17
Practical workshop: Memory and transmission: The Afternoon of a Faun, following Nijinsky’s notations
In this workshop, you’ll discover and decode Nijinsky’s notes in order to learn excerpts of the work.With Claudia Jeschke (Germany)


Friday, May 18
Technological workshops: documentation, creation and re-creation
Rekall and MemoRekall workshop, with Alexandre Michaan (France)
Moving Stories workshop, with Thecla Schiphorst (Vancouver)



May 22
Special activity
Visit and discussion during a rehearsal of Fluid Grounds with Benoît Lachambre and Sophie Corriveau

We’ll soon be posting the full program on EC2, along with guest bios.