Performance Collisions 2019-20


Before an audience, two artists from different disciplines are invited to meet, explore and jointly create over a two-hour period. They will then present the result of this unusual collaboration: a spontaneous and ephemeral multidisciplinary work.

Intended as both creative and social happenings, the Performance Collisions encourage discovery, exchanges and sharing in a friendly setting.

5 p.m. : Opening doors (Cash bar service available)
5 – 7 p.m. : Collaboration and performance

2019-2020 Season Performance Collisions:

March 19, 2020
May 7, 2020

Participants to be announced!

Elle Barbara
Elle Barbara is a Montreal-based avant-garde singer-songwriter, song selector
(TS Ellise), pinup, writer, performer, and curator whose musical output combines elements of soul, psychedelia, jazz, and underground. A lover of the odd, dark, and overlooked elements in pop music, Elle rose from artist-run spaces such as La Brique and Drones Club at the turn of the 2010s. Elle Barbara has seen their work soar to enduring acclaim in Japan and Europe, in a career whose highlights include duets with Laetitia Sadier, R. Stevie Moore, Bertrand Burgalat and Sean Nicholas Savage. In recent years, Barbara’s efforts have been partly centered around trans community organizing and event planning, including their contribution in Montreal’s emerging ballroom scene. Their band (Elle Barbara’s Black Space) whose lineup is solely made of musicians of Sub-Saharan descent aims to re-center blackness and reject anti-black tropes
within music and art spaces.

Marie-Reine Mqueen Kabasha (bio only available in French)

Diplômée en danse de l’Université de Québec à Montréal (2013), Marie-Reine Kabasha s’intéresse à tous les aspects de la danse : autant l’interprétation, la création que son enseignement. Au courant de ses études, elle touche au ballet classique, à la danse contemporaine tout en approfondissant son intérêt pour les danse urbaines, dont particulièrement le waacking. C’est d’ailleurs avec Axelle Munezero, figure marquante de ce style à Montréal, qu’elle développe son alter-égo M Queen. Dès lors, très active dans la scène du freestyle, elle gagne en février 2015 la 5e édition de Hot Mess jugée par nul autre que le père du waacking, Tyrone Proctor.