Carleton University Art Gallery CUAG

Coalesce: Performance Art Festival

Curated by Jacyln Meloche

Co-presented with PDA Projects, SAW Gallery, and AXENÉO7.

03 September – 05 September 2015

Coalesce: Performance Art Festival is a four-day festival celebrating Canadian performance art in Ottawa. Fourteen Canadian performance artists, including Aymara Alvarado Lang (Gatineau), Maxime Boisvert-Huneault (Gatineau), Mariane Bourcheix-Laporte (Vancouver), Anne Marie Dumouchel (Gatineau), Anna J. Eyler (Montreal), Lilly Koltun (Ottawa), Nicolas Lapointe (Montreal), Stephanie Nadeau (Ottawa), Rah (Toronto), Anthony Sauvé (Gatineau), Simon Schlesinger (Toronto), Stéphanie St-Jean Aubre (Gatineau), Cara Tierney (Ottawa), and Étienne Tremblay-Tardif (Montréal) are coming together to perform, play, and practice body politics, site-specificity and cultural embodiment through acts of dance, cooking, and rebirth. Daring to challenge the definition of performance art as a medium historically rooted in the body, the artists will push beyond the boundaries of what constitutes performance by performing through culture, through literature, and through gender. Therefore, in an effort to literally and metaphorically coalesce, the festival as well as each artist exemplifies the ways in which performance art can foster a broader dialogue for creative and social growth in the nation’s capital.

For the CUAG schedule of performances, please see events
For the full festival schedule and biographies of the artists, visit

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