10 words of artists
for 10 years
As part of the 10th OFFTA edition and on the invitation of the Partenariat du Quartier des spectacles, LA SERRE – arts vivants presents the event Décalogue, a series of multidisciplinary works that reflect the spirit of the festival over ten years. Literally meaning “ten words,” Décalogue will highlight ten contemporary languages. It will gather artists who left their mark on the festival’s previous editions and introduce new voices. Décalogue will unfold in public space, where for each of the 10 evenings, an artist will be invited to create a new work by pulling something out of his or her repertory and adapting it to the outdoor context of the place Émilie-Gamelin.
May 30 to June 8
6pm – 30 minutes each evening, except May 30 (2 h 30) –
Focusing on artistic collaboration, the work of PME-ART is an ongoing process of questioning the world, of finding the courage to say things about the current predicament that are direct and complex, of interrogating the performance situation. PME-ART’s past creations include, among others, the performances HOSPITALITY 3: Individualism Was A Mistake and Every Song I’ve Ever Written. They were presented over the last eighteen years in more than forty-five cities in Quebec, Canada and Europe. In 2012, the group was nominated for the 27th Conseil des arts de Montréal’s Grand-Prix. It presented The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information at OFFTA the same year. In 2013, Jacob Wren created a MixOFF with Lene Berg and in 2014 with Raphaëlle de Groot.
Aside to an exciting and diverse career as a performer, Manuel Roque is also choreographer. Pursuing creation as way to learn and to communicate, he acts in a wide range of proposition, from virtuoso solo works (Data, 2014) to meditative group piece (4-OR, 2015). He also likes the challenge of In Situ (Crazy Dance, 2016). Revolving around the notion of contemporary human condition, his work aims to open consciousness and to propose sensible, poetic and genuine artistic propositions. He creates and performes Raw-me at OFFTA in 2011.
Musical happenings and performative installations collide spontaneously in the clamorous universe Geneviève et Matthieu have been creating since the end of the 90s. Inspired by art and life, the duo operates in an artistic cul-de-sac, constantly pushing the limits of the medium. Actively involved in the community, they are members of the artist-run centre, L’Écart, and directors of the Performative Art Biennale of Rouyn-Noranda. They presented La Jamésie at OFFTA 2013.
Félix-Antoine Boutin founded Création Dans la Chambre shortly after graduating from the National Theatre School (Acting – French, Montréal) in 2012. Since then, he has created multiple shows as a writer and director : Un animal (mort), Koalas, Message personnel, Le sacre du printemps (Tout ce que je contiens), Les dévoilements simples (strip-tease), after Johann Sébastien Bach, Archipel (150 Haïkus avant de mourir encore) and finally Orphée Karaoké, presented at Usine C, at the Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (OFFTA 2015) and at Maison folie in Mons (Belgium – a presentation of Ailleurs en Folie/ Focus Montréal). In addition to his own works and collaborations, Félix-Antoine Boutin is closely associated with the OFFTA et co-heads the VHS creation centre. His company Création Dans la Chambre is in residency for the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons at Centre du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui. After a recommandation by Hubert Colas (montévidéo/actOral, Marseille), Félix-Antoine Boutin is also a resident artist at L’L (Bruxelles) since March 2015.
Mélanie Demers is a choreographer, word lover, moviegoer and art addict established in Montreal where she founded the dance company MAYDAY in 2007. Having studied literature and theatre, Mélanie Demers pursued her professional training as a dancer at LADMMI. She graduated in 1996 and started her career working with emerging choreographers before joining O Vertigo with whom she collaborated for nearly ten years. In parallel, she was already developing and building her craft as a creator. Her work has charmed by its originality, intensity and its complexity, exploring the darker zones of the human condition. Socially engaged as an artist, Mélanie Demers travelled to teach dance in Kenya, Niger, Brazil and Haiti, amongst other destinations. The harsh reality of the developing countries strengthened her beliefs that the role of art is to address political issues and to stimulate a debate of ideas. Les Angles Morts (2006), Sauver sa peau (2008), Junkyard/Paradis (2010), Goodbye (2012), MAYDAY remix (2014) have all been created from this perspective. And lately, WOULD (2015), won the CALQ Prize for best choreography, highlighting the artistic excellence of a work presented in Québec. To date, Mélanie Demers choreographed twenty works and was presented in some thirty cities across Europe, America, Africa and Asia, including LA NOBODY at OFFTA in 2013.
Choreographer: Mélanie Demers
Interpreters: Nicolas Patry, Catherine Dagenais-Savard, Lena Demnati, Camille Gachot, Naomi Hilaire, German Martinez, Justine Parisien, Stefania Skoryna, EndFragment
Music: Metaxu, Françoise Hardy
Creation partners: École de Danse Contemporaine de Montréal
Rehearsal Director: Anne-Marie Jourdenais, Hélène Leclair
The MixOFF invite artists to work in pairs to create a scenic object at the borders of various cultural and artistic practices. On the occasion of the Decalogue , Frannie Holder met Cris Derksen, violinist from the cree community.
A rising star on the Canadian classical, folk, electronic, and world music scenes, cellist Cris Derksen, from the North Tall Cree reserve in Northern Alberta, is recognised for her transformation of sonic landscapes into captivating performances. Her music braids the traditional and contemporary in multiple dimensions, weaving her traditional classical training and her aboriginal ancestry with new school electronics to create genre-defying music. Her first solo album, The Cusp (2010), won critical acclaim and won the Best Instrumental Album at the 2011 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards. Since the launch of her album, Cris has enjoyed increasing success, counting, among, her other accomplishments, composition of the soundtrack for 8th Fire, a four-part CBC miniseries, collaborations with Tanya Tagaq, Buffy Ste-Marie and Kinnie Starr. Her most recent album Orchestral Powwow (2015) was nominated at the Junos.
Frannie Holder is a singer and multi-instrumentalist from Montreal. Member of Random Recipe, well known for his unique energitic pop, and Dear Criminals, an electro-folk trio, the versatile artist shared the stage with renowned creators and has carved out a special place in the Canadian and European musical scene.
Having graduated in interpretation with the Award of Excellence from « Option-Théâtre » at Lionel-Groulx College in 2013, Philippe Boutin did not wait for the presentation of diploma to get started in the business. Philippe signed his first creation with Detruire, nous allons, a show involving forty actors and dancers on a football field, presented in 2013 at OFFTA and as part of the 25th anniversary of the Théâtre de la Ville at Longueuil in 2014.
Founded in 2003, La 2e Porte à Gauche (L2PAG) is directed by Marie Béland, Rachel Billet, Frédérick Gravel and Katya Montaignac. L2PAG produces contemporary dance events that interrogate conventional modes of representation, favour collaboration between artists, and rethink the relationship between choreographer, performer, and spectator. In 2013, Marie Béland was part of a MixOFF with the author Olivier Choinière. Rendez-vous à l’hôtel was initiated through this artistic encounter.
Formally trained as an actress at Option theatre Lionel Groulx, Sarah Berthiaume is also a playwright and a screenwriter. She’s the author of The Flood thereafter, Dead Cities, Nous habiterons Detroit, Selfie and Yukonstyle, which was awarded the Sony Labou Tansi Student Prize in 2015. Sarah presents her work at OFFTA in 2014 and 2015. She created a MixOFF during the 2015 edition with the Belgian artist Florence Minder.
Castel Blast is the result of a collaboration between Olivia Sofia, Léo Loisel, Xavier Mary and Guillaume Rémus. Each having graduated in a different area of study in 2015, namely acting, dance, set design and digital music (National Theatre School of Canada, École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, Université de Montréal), their diverse backgrounds have inspired the collective to view performance as a seamless whole that reunites different fields.