Hybrid projects are works based on research that melds various artistic practices and reshapes our relationship with time, space, and the performers. Some will move beyond the stage or spread out in time, some will be immersive and others will have irregular showing times. In every respect, the experience offered by artists working on such projects will be far beyond the ordinary.
Co-creators Sarah Wendt, Pascal Dufaux
Quelque part dans l’inachevé is a title and also a running theme in our creative practice and methodology. Borrowed from a work by the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, it evokes for us the creative potential of an unfinished thing: a partial sentence, a half-finished drawing, a technical glitch, or a failed performance.
This new work is evolving from our shared studio practice and various artistic activities between 2018 and 2019. Beginning with a series of filmed performances in the Tablelands, NF, and a technical residency at Recto Verso, Québec, we have created this work through various restagings of the recorded performances, in installation contexts, such as Axenéo7 in Gatineau and Maison des Artistes in Winnipeg, and a performance at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery. A new layer to the work involves historical occult photography and ectoplasm as examples of materialisations of the spirit; for us, a curious relationship with our investigations around sculpture and movement and the gesture’s energy in relation to the material object. Our exploratory approach proposes an ongoing dialogue with the space and the institution in the context of a ‘hybrid dance project’ at Tangente.
Sarah Wendt is a Montréal-based multidisciplinary artist originally from Prince Edward Island. She graduated from MainDance in Vancouver and studied music at the University of Victoria. She has collaborated on numerous projects with, among others, Chloë Lum & Yannick Desranleau, Stéphane Gilot, Sophie Castonguay, Julie Favreau, Coral Short, and Lin Snelling. Her performance work has been presented at Galerie de l’UQAM; Galerie Hugues Charbonneau; l’Œil de Poisson, Québec City; Art in the Open, Charlottetown; Encuentro Hemispheric Institute for Performance and Politics; Anode Festival, Melbourne; OK Quoi!? Contemporary Arts Festival, Sackville (NB); and OFFTA festival d’arts vivants.
Pascal Dufaux, born in Marseille, France, is a visual and media artist based in Montréal. He studied stage design and visual arts at Concordia University and has carried out residencies at the Christoph Merian Foundation in Switzerland and the Finnish Artists’ Association. His work has been presented at venues across Canada, in Mexico and Europe, including exhibitions in Créteil, Maubeuge, Lille and Marseille, and festivals such as Mapping in Geneva, BIAN in Montréal, Lab30 in Augsburg, Germany, and Mois de la Photo in Montréal. Recently, his work has been shown at Carl Solway Gallery in Cincinnati, Galerie Bellemare et Lambert in Montréal, Confederation Centre Art Gallery in Charlottetown, Feature Art Fair in Toronto, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON, and Festival Images in Vevey, Switzerland.
Sarah and Pascal have been collaborating since 2015. Their projects include: Work of the dancer: a short term archival device, Flotilla-biennale of ARCA, Charlottetown; Mixing Ghosts, Symposium de Baie St. Paul, Kinetic Studio, Halifax, Verticale, Laval, QC; Strange moods and dissonant feelings, Mois Multi, Québec, Canadian Centre for Architecture, produced by Viva Art Action!, OFFTA festival d’arts vivants; and The mountains move while my fingernails grow at the Confederation Centre Art Gallery.