Infiltrating and Relational Practice in Public Space Workshop

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 – Friday, October 21, 2016 — 10:00am – 6:00pm Daily.
Holy Angels School

Participant Presentation
Monday, October 24, 2016
Location: Roving

Workshop Description

How do we listen to each other? How do we interact? How do we respond to the landscape around us? How do we engage with time and space? Cultivating attentive awareness, empathetic presence and peripheral vision, this two-day intensive will specifically locate our process in public settings, surrounded by elements of the “everyday.” An opportunity to deepen our explorations about how we consider, construct, and witness performance in public (non-art) contexts, participants will be invited to experiment with in-situ and in-socius performative practices – infiltrating, interventionist and relational modes of performance – while exploring the multiple and very personalized ways in which we experience and foster intimacy and connection: in ourselves, towards others, and in relation to place.

Workshop Objectives

Through a gradual yet intensive learning process, this workshop will introduce participants to what is involved in the creation of a live action piece, in particular as related to infiltrating or intervention practices that take place in public spaces. Exploring how time and space are intimately connected and linked to how we develop a relationship to the space and people around us, participants will work on presence, precision of intention and direct channeling practices, eventually working with more personalized, unpredictable and precise performative actions and structures.

The workshop will focus on various exercises such as centering, observing and energy channeling in order to experiment with a diversity of performance methods, individual activities and short solo and group presentations. The intention of this workshop is to enable the participants to develop a distinctive practice thus learning to:

– Understand some basic principles of performance
– Manifest/communicate an authentic presence
– Personalize their approach by combining movements, words, images, objects, sound research, etc.

This workshop aims to inspire the creative process of each participant, regardless of their discipline and their artistic creation interests.

General Methodology

Because of a gradual learning process, hands-on exercises, concrete directives, dynamic feedback, constructive commentaries, individual coaching demonstrations, and analysis of basic principles, the participants will discover how to be conscious of the present moment, and experience various states of body/mind in the context of structuring performative actions – in particular within interventionist practices in public spaces.

Pedagogical Approach

The TouVA Collective takes its inspiration from the workshops of Sylvie Tourangeau – founding member of the Collective, and a highly regarded pioneer of performance art in Quebec. Together, we have developed an active pedagogical approach intricately linked with our artistic research by giving form to notions such as dynamic motivation-connection-expansion-action, inter-action (the performative in-between), potentiality of everyday or invisible practices, and the importance of language to locate process and help one reconnect with one’s particular and unique alignment.

This project is presented in partnership with the City of Calgary Public Art Program. For more information visit

Founded in the spring of 2007, the TouVA Collective (Sylvie Tourangeau, Victoria Stanton and Anne Bérubé) – a group of artist-researchers interested in a profound exploration of “the performative” – has been researching the practice of performance through multiple frameworks and approaches: presenting relational/site-specific performances and dynamic artist talks, along with conducting workshops and offering coaching to artists in a variety of contexts – including international festivals.

Infiltrating and Relational Practice in Public Space Workshop


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