• Open Sesame 220 King Street West Kitchener, ON, N2G 1A9 Canada

A great opportunity for anyone who has interest in creating collaborative interdisciplinary work, facilitated by Ame Henderson and members of Public Recordings.

Workshop fee: $10-25 on a sliding scale depending on what you can afford.

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Credit: Nada Žgank

Credit: Nada Žgank

Choreographies of Encounter

In this workshop shared practices are a site for investigation and encounter between participants.

Theory and practice, talking and making, doing and reflecting are interwoven threads of the process of making. Here, choreography is an expanded form - a flexible set of tools for time-based and relational interdisciplinary work. The workshop studio becomes a laboratory in which participating artists rigorously test their own systems of assigning value and meaning through and with their bodies. Participants will explore a collection of exercises to produce material and activate questions about the borders between sense and sound and physical gesture and utterance.

The workshop is ideal for practitioners from any background who are interested in exploring collaborative, interdisciplinary approaches to creation and investigating choreography as expanded practice.

Public Recordings is a group of experimental artists who work collaboratively - drawing on choreographic strategies, embodied action, language, sound, objects, framing and architectural space - to create a shared language for live performance. Through our ongoing facilitation, we expose our creative process not as something to replicate, but as an invitation to question embodied concepts in one’s work.

Choreographies of Encounter is co-facilitated by Ame Henderson, Brendan Jensen, Mairéad Filgate and Ishan Davé, each bringing their own experience and interests to the processes they create together.


Since 2003, Public Recordings’ dance experiments have proposed choreography as the tension between the established and the emergent – while their performances have made the remarkable case that dance changes how we imagine the possible. A collaborative operation that conjoins artistic research, performance creation, learning and publication, Public Recordings makes ground-breaking projects that activate the potentials of shared space. Works including/Dance/Songs/300 TAPES, relay, what we are saying and The Most Together We’ve Even Been have been presented in Belgium, Croatia, France, Italy, The Netherlands, the UK, Slovenia and across Canada.

Concurrent with its performance projects, Public Recordings provides and facilitates exchange opportunities year-round, in Canada and abroad. These workshops aim to produce artistic research, energize the performance community and widen the platform on which practitioners can share their experience and vision.