Feb 5, 8pm
Feb 6, 6pm
After 20 years with PME-ART, co-artistic director Jacob Wren felt he should mark the occasion with something special—so he wrote a book. In keeping with the collective’s practice, Authenticity Is a Feeling blurs the lines between several genres: personal memoirs, official history, manifesto. In the end, Wren and his co-conspirators decided to turn this book about performance into a performance itself. Thus we have User’s Guide—an artist’s talk of sorts, but one that tilts toward the unconventional end of the spectrum.
Wren speaks to the audience, displays photos, plays music, dances and even disrobes; the goal is to entertain, to inform, to make a case for the relevance and value of performance art as a mode of resistance—as something that can make a difference in this troubled world.
Presented in partnership with PuSH International Performing Arts Festival.
Performer: Jacob Wren, with the explicit or implicit contributions from PME-ART’s collaborators
Costumes: Claudia Fancello
Lighting: Paul Chambers
Production & Technical Manager: Nikita Bala
Produced by: PME-ART
Created in Residency & Co-Produced by: La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines (Montréal), Inkonst (Malmö), FFT (Düsseldorf)
Supported within the framework of: Alliance of International Production Houses by the German Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media
Supported by: Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Conseil des arts de Montréal