Biennale Cinars 2016



CAPACOA Conference will be held in conjunction with the CINARS Biennale and will propose thought-provoking professional development. CAPACOA @ CINARS, a two-day professional development program hosted by CAPACOA, will take place November 14-15, 2016, in Montreal.

Please note that to attend those activities, you may register and pay an additional fee via CAPACOA Website.


The Exchange - Indigenous Presentation


Monday November 14, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


CAPACOA is collaborating with Ontario Presents and the Indigenous Performing Arts Alliance (IPAA) in the creation of a cultural safety training program for Indigenous Presenters. We are at the beginning of a long-term relationship where we maintain an open and honest environment with a commitment to respect and moving forward. 


Gathering strategies of resistance and their intersection with Indigenous performance will contribute to the development of a cultural safety training program for the performing arts. This knowledge will provide a foundation for how Indigenous and non-Indigenous Presenters can engage in meaningful cross-cultural collaboration.


Join us for The Exchange: Indigenous Presentation featuring:


Co-facilitated by Cole Alvis (IPAA) and Judy Harquail.



Blow your mind: Perception (and Presentation) of Disability Aesthetics


Monday November 14, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


What is disability aesthetics? How can you recognize it in performance work? And how do you prepare your audiences for it? Each ‘temporarily-abled’ person has varying degrees of familiarity (or discomfort) with disabilities, as well as abled-person centrisms and biases.  And, each of these filters can engender highly personal receptions and perceptions of disability arts. This workshop will highlight ways in which presenters’ curatorial and marketing strategies can help contextualize disability aesthetics for audiences, and provide audiences with critical entry points in order to get excited about and engage with disability arts.




MicheleDecottignies(1).jpgMichele Decottignies is the founder & Artistic Director of Stage Left Productions, the leading contributor to Canada's disability arts domain, and the co-producer of the Calgary Congress for Equity & Diversity in the Arts. As an under-educated, working class, lesbian feminist artist/ activist with several invisible disabilities, Michele's artistic vision is necessarily concerned with the development of artistic and cultural practices that foster rather than negate diversity. Her art work is multi- and interdisciplinary, collaborative and radical – using the arts to challenge dominant social paradigms that render difference invisible and/or undesirable in society.



France Geoffroy

Pioneer of inclusive dancing in Québec, France Geoffroy has been performing with her wheelchair for 22 years. She became a quadriplegic in 1991 and in 1994 began her training with Valérie Dean as a dancer’s apprentice before obtaining a college degree in arts (specialization in dance) in 1998. In the early 2000s, Mrs. Geoffroy attended a few training modules offered by CandoCo, a world-renowned inclusive dance company based in London. And in the year 2000, inspired by the artistic potential of inclusive dance, she founded Corpuscule Danse, where she is artistic director, teacher, conference speaker and performer. She has since worked with many choreographers both here and abroad, and namely with Johanne Madore, Estelle Clareton and Harold Rhéaume.



RachelGorman.jpgRachel Gorman is Associate Professor in Critical Disability Studies at York University, and a choreographer. Her works combine dance, theatre and performance art. Gorman has been part of disability arts movements since 1999. She has worked as a movement facilitator for solo artists and collectives in disability, Mad, and queer arts communities, and teaches choreographic workshops from disability aesthetics principles.



Syrus Marcus Ware is a visual artist, activist, curator and educator. He is the Program Coordinator of the Art Gallery of Ontario Youth Program, and a faculty member at The Banff Centre. Syrus’ recent curatorial projects include The Church Street Mural Project (Church-Wellesley Village, 2013), That’s So Gay: Come Together (Gladstone Hotel, 2016) and Re:Purpose (Robert McLaughlin Gallery, 2014). He is part of the PDA (Performance Disability Art) Collective and co-programmed Crip Your World: An Intergalactic Queer/POC Sick and Disabled Extravaganza as part of Mayworks 2014.


Generous support from Canada Council for the Arts.


The power of moving together


Monday November 14, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


Powerful presence, connection, vitality… Resiliency

A space for you to meet people in a different way. Presence, fun and social synchronicity will be part of this rendez-vous. Come engage with us through this living experience! A healthy and innovative way to explore the unlimited boundaries of your artistic vision.




RosamariaRicart(1).jpgRosamaria Ricart

A consultant in wellness focused on exploring the human body and artistic expression, Rosamaria facilitates workshops and conferences that nourish the very soul of organizations and individuals. The human body, space and the human spirit are at the heart of her work. And through her experiential, sensual and creative approach, this systemic clinician and humanist seeks to create living spaces where all who enter may re-energize themselves, reconnect with their deep roots and press ahead. Her innovative style and creative approach bring together experience and training in bodily and artistic practices, in social intervention, in the sciences and in spirituality acquired over more than 30 years. Allowing individuals and groups, the young and not so young, to showcase their talents, such is her art.




Monday November 14, 2016


Marché Bonsecours / Salle de Bal


Join us to celebrate the opening of this exciting partnership!


The Aesthetics of Contemporary Circus


Tuesday November 15, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


Since its creation in the 18th century in England, circus has considerably evolved to become a very sophisticated art form. From classic to new and contemporary, circus arts have forged a rich history by embracing moments that other performing art forms have experienced, but also by welcoming a wide range of artistic expressions – contemporary dance, post-dramatic theater, new media or visual arts.

From the emergence of “nouveau cirque” in the late 60s and early 70s to the birth of contemporary circus in the mid-90s, circus artists have created many aesthetic movements, following and reinterpreting concepts from other art forms and thus creating their own.

In this session, the panel discussion will focus on the diversity of today’s circus and share their views on audiences’ response, on producing and marketing new work, as well as on touring opportunities that exist and could be developed across Canada.


Presenter and moderator:


Yohann%20FLOCH-portrait_small.jpgYohann Floch is a freelance consultant for arts organisations, also taking part in the activities of several projects such as CASA (a mobility programme to help professionals to work and cooperate transnationally) and Unpack the Arts (European residency programme for cultural journalists, critics, chief editors taking place in major festivals). Yohann regularly leads workshops and seminars on cultural policy: working internationally, he delivers lectures in universities or talks in professional meetings.

Yohann Floch is leading FACE, Fresh Arts Coalition Europe, an international network of arts organizations that supports and promotes emerging, socially engaged, contemporary cross-disciplinary art forms. It covers category-defying practices such as live art, physical and visual theatre, contemporary circus, site-specific arts, immersive and participatory projects.




Lee%20BW%20PHOTO_small.jpgLee Bolton, currently Executive Director at Saint John’s Imperial Theatre, is a veteran of gigs ranging from producing Whitehorse’s Frostbite Music Festival to founding Silk Purse Theatre in Vancouver to teaching at the William Davis Centre for Actors’ Study. A graduate of York and Leeds Universities, she has been creating, producing, managing and touring performance for over thirty years.



Nadia Drouin has been Head of Programming, Circus Arts at TOHU for the past seven years. Previously, as Artist Services Coordinator, she supported new circus creations, which gave her the opportunity to feel the pulse of contemporary circus. She worked in this capacity for several years before becoming TOHU’s Head of Programming. Nadia’s engagement in presenting contemporary circus throughout the years and during the Montreal Cirque Festival has made her one of the leaders in developing a circus presenting network in North America.


Nassib_small.jpgPolitical scientist, author (L’Occident Imaginaire,PUQEditions), advisor and volunteer for dozens of national and international organizations, Nassib El-Husseini fell under the charm of a modern day tribe: Les 7 doigts de la main. He ran away with the circus, as the saying goes, and took on the general direction of this jewel of the Montreal stage. Nassib is currently President of the International Exchange for the Performing Arts (CINARS), and member of the board of the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM).



Vincent Messager has been working in the field of arts performance touring and marketing for the last 29 years. He has collaborated with Cirque Éloize for more than 12 years on international tour development. He started his touring agency in 2007, Dolce Vita Spectacles and has as clients Cirque Alfonse, le Centre de recherche en art clownesque, Kalabante Productions and China Performing Arts Agency and Production.



Making Artistic Cents: Contracting Internationally


Tuesday November 15, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


Contracting skills are part of our everyday business needs. Veteran presenters and agents on this moderated panel discussion will examine the challenges and complexities of contracting across borders: currency, riders, deposits, visas, language, etc., with special attention to taxation. CAPACOA is pleased to co-present the 8th edition of this authoritative NAPAMA panel to address and clarify critical elements of contracting internationally.



To come




Tuesday November 15, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


In collaboration with CINARS, attendees are invited to a knowledge sharing activity with 48 experts exchanging ideas on 24 themes.

The Great Knowledge Café will be a dynamic learning place to affect change by figuring out means of communicating across the globe, addressing current issues in the arts, learning more about new development models, and much more.

On site registrations required.




Tuesday November 15, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal




CAPACOA is pleased to announce Jacob Boehme as the 2016 Artist Voice. Join us for his fascinating conversation on Tuesday, November 16.


Jacob Boehme is a Melbourne born and based artist of Aboriginal heritage, from the Narangga (Yorke Peninsula) and Kaurna (Adelaide Plains) nations of South Australia.


Jacob is currently Creative Director of YIRRAMBOI, International Gathering of First Peoples Arts and Culture, happening in Melbourne, Australia.


With a 20 year history working in Cultural Maintenance, Research & Revival of traditional dance with Elders and youth from urban to remote Indigenous communities across Australia, Jacob combines dance (Diploma in Dance, NAISDA 2000), puppetry (Masters in Puppetry, Victorian College of the Arts 2007), and playwriting (Masters in Writing for Performance, Victorian College of the Arts, 2014) to create multi-disciplinary theatre, dance and ceremony for stage, screen, large-scale public events and festivals


Jacob's latest work Blood on the Dance Floor  premiered at Arts House North Melbourne, produced in partnership with ILBIJERRI Theatre Company. 


An original member of Assitej International’s ‘Next Generation of Youth Theatre Leaders’, Jacob is also a recipient of the Asialink Residency, working with Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust in Delhi, India, in 2010 and Alumni of the 2014 British Council's ACCELERATE Indigenous Leaders Program.


Sponsored by Re:Sound





Wednesday , Thursday, Friday November 16, 17 and 18 2016

Dates and Times - TBC

Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


CAPACOA convenes and hosts peer-to-peer meetings at its annual conference and throughout the year. These meetings are for existing or emerging networks, communities of practice, and provide opportunity for discussion and dialogue between peers throughout the year.


More details coming soon


Gala Dinner - NAC Award


Saturday, November 19, 2016


Bonaventure Hotel, Montreal


CINARS is hosting a Gala Dinner on the closing night of the 17th CINARS Biennale to celebrate those who contribute significantly to the development of the performing arts across the globe. During this exclusive evening amongst colleagues, an award ceremony will take place to recognize the work of different members of the international performing arts community.


The National Arts Centre's Award for Distinguished Contribution to Touring will be presented during this gala night.


*Only delegates who have registered for the Gala dinner will be admitted. If you have already registered for CINARS and would like to add this to your registration, please contact Mélanie Bureau.


We acknowledge the financial support of FACTOR, the Government of Canada and of Canada’s private radio broadcasters.