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TransFormation – Creation Laboratory with Helen Simard

2:15PM to 6:15PM



Creation Laboratory – Papillon – The process

I have long been fascinated by chaos, and see it as a vector of poetry that is central in my work. I craft interdisciplinary dance performances that intend to trigger states of sensorial overload for audiences in order to steer them away from logical thinking into more affective, visceral ways of experiencing art. Through a layering movement, live music, and text; through a barrage of visual and aural stimuli; through a complex and ever shifting use of rhythm, space, and dynamics; I give space to the messy, the raw, the undefinable, unsettled spaces of life. In a perpetually redefining state of reality, strong images and emotions emerge suddenly, only to be shifted or shattered without notice. Seeking out and embracing chaos allows me to create paradoxical works that are at once beautiful and disturbing, accessible and provoking, familiar and strange.

In this creation workshop, I draw on compositional techniques used to create my latest show, PAPILLON, and invite participants to order to join me as we explore the fine lines between order and disorder in order to touch on notions of metamorphosis, the cyclical nature of the self – change, loss, grief, acceptance and growth – the strangeness that lives inside us, finding freedom in confinement, loneliness and togetherness, singularity and similarity, and the importance of human connection. Together, we will know and unknow. We will do and undo. We will search and we will get lost. We will laugh. We will live. We will listen. We will learn. We will dance. A lot. We will make space for each other in all of our complexity.