It is with great pleasure that the Fondation Jean-Pierre Perreault (FJPP) has invited Quebec choreographer and teacher Manon Hotte to present the creative process behind the archival installation Blanc Mémoire. Ms. Hotte, who is based in Geneva, co-developed the installation with Swiss photographer and stage director Dorothée Thébert. The performative presentation will take place at 840 Cherrier, Montreal, K-2210, on Wednesday, September 19, at 5 p.m.
Blanc Mémoire emerged from both artists’ questionings regarding their respective practices and the role that memory and traces play in artistic creation. Their starting point was the development of the archival fonds Création, semis et palabres _ Fonds Manon Hotte, which was finalized in 2017. This fonds is unique in that it is centred on both the conservation of works and creative processes. Manon Hotte and Dorothée Thébert were interested in getting the public involved in these processes, using performance venues as spaces for exchange and sharing. Their creative encounter resulted in Blanc Mémoire, an open-ended archival installation that elicits input from the public. As visitors interact with the work by observing, reading, experiencing and responding, they get a tangible sense of what goes into creating a dance work. The installation is in turn enriched by each interaction.
To conclude her presentation, Ms. Hotte will invite the audience to engage in a moment of exploration so that they in turn can leave a trace, a personal account inspired by the work Blanc Mémoire.
The FJPP is deeply grateful to the Dance Department of UQAM for its collaboration in hosting this event.
The FJPP would also like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts de Montréal for supporting all of its projects.