Creative Process Workshops with Noémie Lafrance at The Bentway

February 12, 2019

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This new work by Noémie Lafrance created specifically for The Bentway site explores how our navigation of architecture and urban infrastructures is “choreographed” and investigates the political, social and cultural influences those choreographies impart on the human body and the social body. It is a site-specific work of “instructional choreography” created from a number of scripted instructions to be enacted by a group of 60 performers and the public across the full length of The Bentway site .


Leading up to the creation of this epic work, a series of 6 workshops will be held welcoming people from all segments of the community and all ages. Participants will engage with, and debate the ideas behind the work, questioning how urban infrastructure operates as a new form of social design and political power. The workshops will explore how structures (physical and relational) affect our social relations, define new ways of navigating, moving and thinking, and impact our lives, in general, as urban dwellers. The workshops will engage a wide range of participants (professional dancers and actors, members of the community at large, and future audience members) in round table discussions, collective writing exercises and group physical improvisations in movement and voice. Participants of all experience levels are welcome.

During the workshops we will use various improvisational techniques, such as movement-based and voice-based exercises to explore how body narratives are formed and to deepen our sense of embodiment. We will also embark in psychogeographic voyages of the site to develop group narratives. Both through discussions and embodied practices we will work collectively to create rule based exercised or define the “instructions” that will form the basis of this “work by instructions.”


March 23, 24, 30, 31 / April 6, 7, 13, 14 / May 4, 5, 14*
1pm-5pm for adults / 10:30am-12:30pm for elders (Saturdays only) / 10:30am-12:30pm for youth (Sundays only)
*May 14, 5-8pm for ALL

On April 13 and 14, Alana Gerecke will moderate a conversation on the themes of choreography in public spaces. Alana is a dancer and scholar.

On May 4 and 5, Anais Maviel will lead voice workshops. Anaïs is a New York based vocalist, percussionist, multi-instrumentist expanding the power of music as a healing & transformative act.

April 14 youth class is cancelled.

June 7th -8th at 6pm & 8pm


The Bentway
250 Fort York Blvd.
Toronto ON M6K 3C5

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Noémie Lafrance is known for her innovative approach to public space interventions and her dance films. Her company Sens Production has produced numerous site-specific works in public spaces in New York City and internationally. Lafrance’s work includes Agora, which occupied the 50,000 sq feet then abandoned McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, Rapture staging the architecture of Frank Gehry. Her work has toured internationally and was presented as part of the New York City Whitney Biennal, The Festival de Cannes, the Festival TransAmerique, among others. She has choreographed and directed music videos and concerts for artists such as David Byrne, Feist, Justin Timberlake, Carly Rae Jepsen, Snow Patrol, Amanda Palmer and many others.