December 18, 2023, Montréal – The Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), the Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD) and LA SERRE – arts vivants are pleased to announce that Dardia Garcelle Joseph has been selected for the 4th edition of Amplifier.
Amplifier: a space for creation and support
Amplifier is a dramatic writing residency to develop a theatrical project to be performed in front of an audience.
Launched in 2019 by the Conseil des arts de Montréal, this initiative aims to provide artistic support to professional theatre writers who are from Indigenous (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) or other cultural communities, who are first- or second-generation immigrants, or who are members of a visible minority group. Support for Amplifier alternates annually between the CEAD and Playwrights’ Workshop Montréal to support artists writing in French and English.
Dardia Garcelle Joseph will receive a $3,000 grant, 30 hours of theatrical writing mentorship provided by the CEAD, and a 9-hour theatrical workshop with a professional director and performers. The second component of the initiative is a creative lab led by LA SERRE – arts vivants with a professional team that concludes with a public presentation. This component comes with a $10,000 creation grant toward the production.
About the winner: Dardia Garcelle Joseph – Dada
Dada (1998, Haiti/Quebec) is a lawyer-in-training, playwright in the making and poet during her free time. Her current research interests include archiving, commodifying identities, the aestheticization of violence, and the cost of intimate theatre. Her artistic approach attempts to cultivate an ethic of flight and maroons. She seeks a composite, ever-changing artistic language; poetically restless language; the unstable balance between the impulse to name things justly and the beauty of imperceptibility and the indescribable. Her work has so far been supported by LA SERRE – arts vivants, ATSA as part of the La Montagnarde residency (Laurentides), and la Bellone (Brussels).
Anatomie d’un projet commercial
Anatomie d’un produit commercial is a polyphonic metatheatre performance based on a satirical digital performance by Jayson Musson in the mid-2000s. It attempts to examine situations (?) people find themselves in where writing is automatically assumed to be political; those who must silence the little insidious voices that tells them that they are only there (?) to fill boxes. Those who, in the age of recognition policies, must navigate ¸the neoliberal artistic complex, overloaded with pain, doubts, contradictions and desires. With enriching sound archives and elusive edges, the hybrid form she offers is ferociously amusing in its unethical blurring of the lines between fiction and reality, irony and self-deprecation, sincere irreverence and provocation, caustic bite and tenderness.
Dada had this to say about being selected for Amplifier: “For two years, this space will provide support as I navigate and explore various dramaturgical and scenographic devices. It will also allow me to experiment with the transition from written form to the stage. I’ll take stock of the work and creative walks carried out so far. I’ll play in the field of possibilities opened up by a language embodied by bodies and voices, a language that becomes flesh.” Previous Amplifier winners: Hoda Adra, Luiza Cocora, and Sylvia Cloutier.
Partners of Amplifier
Centre des auteurs dramatiques (CEAD)
For nearly 60 years, the CEAD has been dedicated to supporting, promoting and presenting Quebec and French-Canadian theatrical works. Founded and run by writers, the CEAD is an organization committed to supporting its members in their creative process, making their voices heard in the city, and promoting our playwrights here and abroad. It holds a unique position in the theatrical world in terms of number of members, variety of writing styles, and quality, as well as its considerable expertise in playwriting.
LA SERRE – arts vivants
LA SERRE – arts vivants is a vital resource improving working conditions of emerging artists. It helps artists develop autonomy, independence, and organizational maturity. LA SERRE creates opportunities for collaborations between artists from different disciplines and sectors as well as various local, national and international partners.
SOURCE: Céline Lapointe
Communications / CEAD
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