Coming together to resist, listen, reflect, play, celebrate, dream, imagine, build…
With a sense of urgency, we are fervently trying to reinvent our relationship with the world. But to do so, we must first reach out to others, to relearn how to share our time, space, territory. For this midway edition of a cycle launched in 2016, revolving around the re-enchantment of the world, I therefore wanted the social being and the notion of the footprint to be at the heart of the experience. The new artistic forms, in both their nature and processes, provide particularly fertile soil when it comes to interaction, commitment, participation. Art thus becomes an extraordinary means for us to become aware of the power of the community, of strength in numbers.
Over the course of my explorations, when thinking about re-enchantment, I quickly realized it was hard to avoid thinking about disenchantment, the former a necessary counterpart of the latter. Mois Multi 2017 is thus full of paradoxes! Contrasting reality and fiction, movement and immobility, darkness and light, domesticity and wildness, grace and violence, private and social, the selected works and fantastic journeys they offer incite us to rediscover the meaning of the word “community.” Inspired in particular by the notions of the quest, the trace and transformation, I devised a program that stresses the importance of coming together, of uniting, of showing solidarity and, above all, of the need to be together, to work together.
May the 18th Mois Multi provide you with encounters unlike any others, a place of unimagined enchantment!
My thanks to Jason Arsenault, Abdelilah Chiguer, Érick d’Orion, Ludovic Fouquet, Nicole Gingras, Line Nault, the passionate Mois Multi and Recto-Verso teams, as well as the artistic directors of our partner organizations, for all the encounters, sharing of ideas, reflections and invaluable discoveries.