projets hybris is an interdisciplinary, queer and feminist creation company based in Montreal.
By positioning itself at the intersection of several disciplines, projets hybris strives to make collaboration the operating principle of all its projects. Our work is grounded in the ambiguity of connections, the ephemerality of intersections, and the methodological destabilizations brought about by disciplines colliding.
Our artistic practice is defined by its eminently political content. Our creations are strongly influenced by queer and feminist practices, in terms of ideas, forms, and approaches. We take a critical look at the power relationships that underlie our communities by centering, in all our projects, issues relating to marginalized individuals, knowledges, histories and cultures.
Most of our work is involved in culture commentary, pastiche and intertextuality, setting up fruitful conversations with the works, texts and images created by our queer and feminist predecessors. This practice is furthered by complex dramaturgies that favour juxtaposition, fragmentation and collage over linearity or narration. Our performances often rely on performers burning through great amounts of energy, resulting in an explosive style, a kind of discharge that creates a physical dialogue with the public. Our works are meant to be visual feasts where materiality, colours, sensations, bodies, sounds and lights are often more important than words.
Deconstruction processes are at the very heart of our work. We set up non-hierarchical contexts for creation, where improvisation leads artists from several disciplines to shift conventions by suggesting innovative images and constructions. This egalitarian mode of creation pushes individuals to overcome their limits, resulting in rich, uninhibited propositions. The original performative forms developed by projets hybris thus work towards a certain dissolution of the boundaries and frameworks attached to artistic disciplines.
Although projets hybris has been showing work in Montreal since 2010, the company has gained increased attention in recent years, partly thanks to the public and critical success of Propositions for the AIDS Museum, an interdisciplinary reflection on the political and artistic response to the AIDS crisis, presented at Phénomena festival (2014) and in a reworked version at La Chapelle (2017). The company’s most recent show, Youngnesse, presented at La Chapelle in September 2018, confirms projets hybris’ distinctive style. This show conveys an abstract meditation on the political energy of youth and gives an equally important place to the body, music, speech and plastic work. A first version of performative solo i await the devil's coming was presented in 2017 during OFFTA as part of the Body Politic event curated by LA SERRE arts vivants (Montréal) and // Buzzcut // Festival (Glasgow).
We infiltrate various networks and venues - theaters, contemporary art galleries, alternative scenes, universities - which in turn push our practice towards ever more hybrid forms. Recently, projets hybris was mandated by LA SERRE to imagine and coordinate the Montréal adaptation of Se la jouer / Playing Up, a live arts game for adults and kids. projects hybris added 12 artists and collectives from Montréal to the 36 international artists and collectives featured in the original game. In the context of OFFTA 2019, free public workshops were held for 10 days at two sites in Montréal, engaging more than 200,000 players and passersbys.
projets hybris was commissioned by Fondation Phi for contemporary art (Montréal) to create a 5 hours, performative and participative intervention. Titled thegiftsofthegifted, it was presented as part of Nuit blanche in Montreal on March 3, 2018. This original and in situ work commission for a prestigious institution is indicative of both the vitality of projets hybris and the current relevance of its practice. Among the ongoing projects of the company is cruel·le, which focuses on the growing distance between utopias and possibilities in the neoliberal era and addresses anxiety and depression as social phenomena.
projets hybris' works are hosted by institutions and festivals known for their avant-garde programming (Galerie de l’UQAM, 2016; La Chapelle, 2017, 2018; OFFTA, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019; Montréal, arts interculturels, 2019; etc.) The creations of projets hybris have been given residencies by several Québec institutions (Productions Recto-verso, Maison de la culture Frontenac, LA SERRE - arts vivants, Carrefour culturel de Notre-Dame-des-Prairies, Théâtre Aux Écuries, Centre de Création O’Vertigo, La Chapelle, etc.).
projets hybris regularly takes part in collective events (Short & Sweet, do it Montréal, Total Space Party, Cabaret Tollé, Body Politic ...) that allow us to share our work with various audiences. Furthermore, artists associated with projets hybris are participating in numerous conferences, round tables or publications. These opportunities are relevant to the sustainability the company, as they are occasions of inscribing projets hybris’ practice in the written and oral history of living arts. It also ensures that our critical, political discourse is included in ongoing discussions in the livings arts field.
The energy around projets hybris makes it one of the most exciting companies on the Montréal scene.
projets hybris is a constellation of artist-collaborators building relationships over time.
On a daily basis, Philippe Dumaine, Danièle Simon and Antoine Beaudoin Gentes are responsible for the company's co-direction and coordination.
About forty artists are currently active on various projects of the collective.
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