Art POP x Art Volt Collection: summer performance series

Art Volt Collection and POP Montreal are partnering to support recent alumni through a summer performance art series that will take place at an outdoor site in Montreal’s Mile End neighbourhood, at 77 Bernard E. The site is framed by a large steel structure of a former warehouse, repurposed as a cultural venue that has been named L'Entrepôt77.

AlexApostolidis_MaxHolzberg Photo credit: Alex Apostolidis and Max Holzberg

PART 1 - *POSTPONED* to September 18th, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Ambulation (Mélanie Reid)

6:30 - 7:00pm

Ambulation is a twenty-minute performance invading L'Entrepôt 77. Animated by eight artists, the curiosity cabinet will roam around the site as if they belonged there. If the public is nice, they might take pictures with them like mascots; if no one is around, they might keep their hostile attitude. When the time’s up, the creatures are called back to the woods where they disappear, unleashed. Watch out as they might invade your backyard next.


Ana Banana Breaks Bread (Alex Apostolidis + Max Holzberg)

7:30 - 9:30pm

Ana Banana was born to be a star – at least, she thinks so… After failing auditions to VJ at MuchMusic, Ana’s new train to fame is being an influencer. Ana is hired as LGBTDevelopment’s (Let’s Get Building Together Development Co.) first brand ambassador. LGBTDevelopment have their finger on the pulse, they’re “ethical”, Queer, and cool and know that their newly purchased site is the Mile End’s hottest space, L’Entrepôt 77. Envisioning a slightly different future, they are transforming L’Entrepôt 77 into a 13-story luxury condo – they won’t ruin the vibe, they’ll just enhance it! LGBTDevelopment enlists Ana to host a community picnic to warm the community up to the project (and possibly be her next MuchMusic audition tape).

Bindi_VeilsofBollywood photo credit : Do Phan Hoi

PART 2 - Sept 4th, 2:00pm - 5:00pm

2 - 2:05 pm : Bindi (Veils of Bollywood) 

2:10 - 2:25pm : What your eyes [don’t] see (Lucía Vergel)

2:30 - 4:00pm : Arrangement #7 (open studio) (Merlin Heintzman Hope)  + Text Me When You Get Home (Alessandra Mancini-Vargas)

4:05 - 4:20pm : What your eyes [don’t] see (Lucía Vergel)

4:30 - 4:35 pm: Bindi (Veils of Bollywood)  


Bindi (Veils of Bollywood - choreographer: Rameez Karim) 

BINDI is a practice of meditation in movement at a specific site that utilises the vocabularies of Bollywood and Indian dances. Interpreted by 3 performers, the piece explores the activation of the third eye using dance and gateway to profound experiences of the body, mind and soul. Movement is a universal tool that permits accessibility to transcendental dimensions that amplify the connection between yourself and global well being. 


What your eyes [don’t] see (Lucía Vergel)

What your eyes [don’t] see is a reflection on Vergel’s personal process of adapting to Canadian society. In this performance, she interacts with a Peruvian retablo, initially covered with white fabrics and held by ropes. Gradually revealing the retablo and its contents inside, Vergel raises questions about perceptions: the way she sees herself and her world, the way others see her and their world, and how one’s own action is determined by such consciousness.


Arrangement #7 (open studio) (Merlin Heintzman Hope)

Arrangement #7 (open studio) is a drawing performance, where the mode of the still life drawing is put under extreme pressure. Over the course of 90 minutes, Heintzman Hope attempts to create a large-scale charcoal drawing inside a moving playpen built to the dimensions of his home studio, while simultaneously performing his role as caregiver to his two young children.


Text Me When You Get Home (Alessandra Mancini-Vargas)

Text Me When You Get Home highlights the ingrained, monotonous motions women must perform daily to protect themselves from harm. This piece incorporates a pair of Lino-cut printed earrings. One that reads: "why is it up to me to protect myself from men?" and a much longer earring (approx 4ft) that lists the ways women alter their daily routines and interactions to protect themselves from the possibility of facing violence or harassment. I.e. wearing bright colours and texting a friend their location. For this performance, Mancini-Vargas invites audience members to write about their own experiences and attach them to the longest earring.

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This initiative is made possible by the generous support of the Peter N. Thomson Family Innovation Fund.

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