Call for participants – Performance & Video Masterclass – application deadline May 10th!

Video Pool Media Arts Centre  &  núna (now) present

Master Class with & Alexis O’Hara

May 30 – June 03, 2016

About: Since 2002, as, Stephen Lawson and Aaron Pollard have pursued a collaborative art practice that traverses disciplinary boundaries and political frontiers.  They are active internationally and their beginnings as a duo emerged from Montreal’s wildly eclectic cabaret scene.  Subsequently they have toured a wide repertoire of transdisciplinary art works and performances to  museums, galleries, theatres, clubs, artist-run centres, universities, art biennials and festivals throughout the Americas, across Canada and to Europe. Well known for their integration and play with projection their enigmatic pieces often incorporate unique approaches to the art of collage, drag, indoor and outdoor spectacle as well as engaging in collective participatory art practices.

The interdisciplinary art practice of Alexis O’Hara exploits allegories of the human voice via vocal & electronic improvisation, sound installation and performance. She has released two solo albums, created several installation art works, performed internationally, held research and production residencies in Canada, Mexico, Cuba and Austria and offered numerous workshops including Noise School for Feminists. Alexis and her drag king alter-ego, Guizo LaNuit, are mainstays of the Montreal cabaret scene and she has two musical projects with the interdisciplinary artist Stephen Lawson, GuiGi, the world’s only drag-queen/drag-king party medley band and 10,000 Horses, purveyors of epic electronic torch songs who have just released their debut EP Le Grand Silence.

Details: and Alexis will lead a 5-day master class (3 hours per day, 1pm to 4pm – May 30, 31, June 1, 2, 3). Participants have opportunities to explore techniques of performance, video, sound making and editing. These workshops are ideal for newcomers and experienced performers. Please get in touch with Education Coordinator of Video Pool Andy Rudolph [email protected] if you have questions. and Alexis O’hara will incorporate the workshop participants into their performance TESSERACT as part of the 10th annual núna (now) festival, open to the public, 8pm at the Millennium Centre, 389 Main Street, on the final day (Friday June 03).

Application Instructions:

Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, May 10th, 2016:

Please email application materials, titled “ / Alexis O’hara Master Class 2016” to [email protected]

1) Your name, email address

2) A paragraph (approx. 300 words) explaining your interest in the workshops, plus any relevant experience (optional). And up-to-date CV or short bio is also welcomed, as well as any links to work you might have available for viewing online.


Funding assistance for this workshop and performance is generously provided by the Manitoba Arts Council.

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