Intensive Performance Art Workshop With the TouVA Collective

2009-08-22 Work…op Skol 055

Through a gradual yet intensive learning process, TouVA’s performance art workshop introduces 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. Participants work on presence, precision of intention and direct channeling practices, eventually working with more personalized, unpredictable and precise performative actions and structures.

Our intensive workshop focuses on various exercises such as centering, observing and energy channeling in order to experiment 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.


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


The TouVA Collective takes its inspiration from the workshops of Sylvie Tourangeau – founding member of the TouVA 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-amplitude-action, inter-action (the performative in-between), potentiality of everyday or invisible practices, and the importance of language to help one to reconnect with one’s inner self-coherence.