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Montreal Edgy Women Festival - March 2 to 10, 2013

By Michel F. Paré
Posted Feb 24, 2013 in
For the past 20 years, Montreal’s annual EDGY WOMEN Festival (Produced by Studio 303), has presented politicized, experimental and playful performance pieces, as well as workshops and lectures addressing evolving issues around gender and/or feminism. This year's festival will include an inaugural Edgy Colloquium, focusing on the theme ARTS/SPORTS/GENDER. The colloquium aims to facilitate discussion of these themes through both academic and non-academic presentations in an unconventional setting.
About Studio 303
Studio 303 exists to promote the evolution of live artistic practices. Concentrating on the physical body, Studio 303 is a unique resource centre which offers cutting edge workshops, innovative administrative services and a flexible, intimate studio laboratory where new works may be created and presented. Studio 303's programming aims to stimulate enriching exchanges between a variety of artists, art forms and the public. Fundraising for the Festival:
Vimeo Video: EDGY LUCHA: a wrestling spectacle of intense proportion scripted by Belgian theatre artist Marijs Boulogne and involving half a dozen female Quebecois fighters.
March 2nd: All nuit long
March 7th: Unruly Hockey
March 7th: Edgy Colloque
March 8th & 9th: Game on au Chat Bleu
March 10th: Edgy Lucha
ALL NUIT LONG March 2nd, 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. @ Studio 303 FREE!
372 Sainte-Catherine West #303 Montréal, Quebec
Welcome exhibitionists and movie fans! This year, the Edgy Women Festival kicks off in tandem with the all-night party of Montreal’s Nuit Blanche. Join us in our 303 studio offices for a sporty, interactive photo booth featuring the work of Nikol Mikus. With a multitude of accessories and costumes, several themes will be explored by participants. In the 303 Studio, screenings of short films that explore both entertaining and critical stereotypes of athletics and sport will be viewed. The films are in part derived from the 2012 edition of Désordres, a festival based in Lille, France. Through video and performance, featured filmmaker Dayna McLeod's The Pleasure Zone is a criticism of the pornography industry, structured as a basketball game.
OFF SIDE: EDGY COLLOQUE March 7th, 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. @ Blue Cat Boxing Club FREE!
435 Beaubien W, 4th floor (corner Durocher)
For the first time, Edgy Women invites academics, artists and other free-thinkers to participate in an afternoon of exchange in an unconventional setting. The Edgy Colloque invites featured guests into the ring of the Chat bleu Boxing Club to lead a series of conversational, per formative lectures about sport, art and gender politics. Kristin Grey/Justin Credible, Maria Kefirova, Janaya Kahn and Savoy Howe will present their per formative lecture/work, among others. This bilingual event will provide whisper translation.
UNRULY HOCKEY March 7th, 11 p.m. - midnight @ Mont-Royal Arena FREE!
4365 Cartier Rue, Montreal, QC
Why play by the rules? On the heels of last year’s successful first match, our feminist hockey experiment is back. Created by Meg Hewings, writer, multi-disciplinary artist and the general director of The Montreal Stars, this match is an open invitation to buck the norms of our national sport.
GAME ON AU CHAT BLEU March 8th & 9th 7p.m. - 10 p.m. @ Blue Cat Boxing Club
435 Beaubien W, 4th floor (corner Durocher)
Our main event, Game on au Chat Bleu, takes place in the spacious Blue Cat Boxing Club. This three-hour happening features short works, durational performances and interactive installations in the weight room, as well as in and around the boxing ring.
Multidisciplinary L.A.-based artist and bodybuilder Heather Cassils — famous in part for recently locking lips with pop-star Lady Gaga in the music video/Telephone— will present her latest creation The Shape of Things to Come (on Saturday only). In this endurance piece, Cassils investigates violence as entertainment, exploring the relationships between art, photography, documentation and truth. In the darkness, Cassils will punch a human-size bloc of clay, illuminated only by a camera flash.
In another non traditional take on the sport of boxing, Montreal- and Brooklyn-based performer Coral Short will perform Stop Beating Yourself Up (on Friday only), a bloody match to the finish against her greatest adversary — her own self. Both nights feature performances by Julienne Doko, Antonija Livingstone, Judith Depaule/Mabel Octobre (France), as well as a performance installation carousel ride involving bodybuilders (Virginie Jourdain et Florence S.Larose), feminist babyfoot (Anna Jane McIntyre), an installtion called "Sounds and artifacts" from the Body Fracture workshop (Catherine Lalonde Massecar) and sporty snacks (Lex Vaughn, Toronto).
We encourage our audience, like any good sports fan, to interact beyond the spectator experience.
EDGY LUCHA March 10th, 7 p.m. - 8.30 p.m. @ Blue Cat Boxing Club
435 Beaubien W, 4th floor (corner Durocher)
Ferocious local female fighters take the ring for Edgy Lucha, a series of wrestling matches in a feminist spirit of lucha libre directed by Belgian experimental theatre artist Marijs Boulogne.
Pound-for-pound, half a dozen tough-as-nails wrestling warriors — including Quebec Wrestling Hall of Fame inductee Super Hardcore Anime LuFisto — finesse the fine art of free fighting, holds and aerial maneuvers for your viewing pleasure.
Between the series of smackdowns, Edmonton-based Mia Van Leeuwen keeps the crowd hungry with Hard Candy, a neo-Burlesque boxing halftime show that explores the tension between good-girl behaviour and the fierce, feral antics of a woman wanting to fight.
UNRULY HOCKEY Seeking participants to play hockey : check out the Facebook event page or contact edgy(at)
For the third year running, Edgy offers a platform for outspoken guest bloggers and vloggers to follow the action and broadcast their personal perspectives on issues relating to the festival’s political and artistic content. Bigger than ever before, the blog will cover all things Edgy, and invites you to join in on the discussion!
A limited edition zine edited by Stéfanie Clermont and Andréann Cossette will feature photos and writing by this year’s guest artists and lecturers.
WORKSHOPS When something really happens, with Marijs Boulogne (Belgium) This is a workshop designed for aspiring directors, performing artists, writers and independents who are looking to assert themselves and achieve their artistic practices. Belgium-based artist Marijs Boulogne will be on hand to respond to questions and provide practical and creative collaboration with attendees in an event that is not your typical “drama workshop.”
Body Fracture Workshop with Catherine Lalonde Massecar (in collaboration with sonor artist Magali Babin)
Body Fracture Workshop offers participants a creative atelier and outlet to explore questions of body identity, especially concerning the enduring cultural mystique of female martial artists. What will follow is a series of lessons in basic striking techniques, the search for individual sound (a short yell called the “kiai”), and the application of board breaking — derived from the karate Kyokoshin. The sound of each participant will be recorded and used to create an installation entitled Sounds and Artifacts.
More information on EDGY WOMEN 2013
Studio 303 372 Sainte-Catherine West #303 Montréal, Quebec H3B 1A2
Phone 514.393.3771 - Email: info(at)
Festival Website in English:
Donations Gratefully Received:
Michel F. Paré is the Publisher of Outexpression News a not for profit publication of Gay West Community Network Inc. in Toronto, Ontario.

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