Inspiring Talks #2

activities
14 November
09:00 - 10:30
Fairmont Le Reine Elizabeth — Duluth
What is the meaning of the performing arts in this period of mutations? This question is more crucial than ever for artists, presenters and citizens. This year, the conferences will bring together pioneers from around the world to explore the theme of "Sens*& Mutations” . We want to analyze the meaning of the arts as a porous idea, sensitive to external changes. The meaning of the arts also as an intention that contaminates mutations. The performing arts as a place for all citizens, a place of transformations, dialogues and possibilities.
* Sens could be translated by meaning, sense, line, direction, way, senses.

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Participants
Maxime Fleuriot Maison de la Danse / Biennale de la Danse
TECHNOLOGIES AND BODIES

38 years old. Graduated from ESCP Europe business school (master of strategy), La Sorbonne University (master of litterature) and ex dancer from EXERCE / CCN de Montpellier. Since 2000, he worked as a dance columnist, a dancer, a choreographic assistant, a responsible for an artistic residency. He also worked at the french ministry of culture (2011-2015), at the Montpellier Danse Festival (2010-2011). He also directed films. He is currently the artistic adviser of both Maison de la Danse and Lyon Dance Biennale. He initiated in 2018 dansathon, the first european dance hackaton connecting dance and new technologies, in partnership with fondation BNP Paribas, théâtre de Liège and Sadler’s Wells in London.
Vigdis Jakobsdottir Reykjavik Arts Festival
DO THE ARTS HAVE BORDERS?

Vigdís Jakobsdóttir is Artistic Director and CEO of Reykjavik Arts Festival. She is an experienced theatre director and workshop facilitator, both in her home country Iceland, and globally. She has directed performances at the National Theatre of Iceland and with numerous independent theatre companies. She was Head of Education at the National Theatre of Iceland from 2002-2011 and adjunct and later programme director for MA studies in Theatre Education at the Iceland Academy of the Arts from 2002-2016. She is the founder of Þjóðleikur – The National Youth Theatre festival in Iceland which she led from 2008-2017.
Darren O'Donnell Mammalian Diving Reflex
THE KIDS WILL SHOW US THE WAY

Darren O’Donnell est urbaniste culturel, romancier, essayiste, dramaturge, réalisateur, fondateur et directeur artistique de la compagnie Mammalian Diving Reflex. Il se concentre sur la participation et, en particulier, sur l'engagement des jeunes au cœur des institutions culturelles. Ses ouvrages incluent : Social Acupuncture (2006), qui défend les esthétismes dans l’engagement civique, Haircuts by Children and Other Evidence for a New Social Contract (2018) qui propose le secteur culturel pour piloter un nouveau contrat social avec les enfants . Ses performances incluent Haircuts by Children, All the Sex I’ve Ever Had, The Children’s Choice Awards and Teentalitarianism.
Lisa Ndejuru Université Concordia
CREATING POSSIBILITIES

Lisa Ndejuru is a member of the Ordre des psychologues du Québec and a transdisciplinary PhD candidate at Concordia University. She is a skilled practitioner of playback theatre and co-founded the Montreal-based Living Histories Ensemble. Born in Rwanda, she has served the Rwandan diaspora in North America for more than 20 years as an organizer, researcher and activist. Her extensive experimentation with storytelling, play and improvised theatre aims for individual and collective meaning-making and empowerment in the aftermath of large-scale political violence.
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