Aug. 31: perma|COUTURE episode 1


Control Group Productions presents

perma|COUTURE, episode 1
a Salon Romantik, op.4 event

A tandem creation by Production LAPS (Canada) and Control Group Productions

Sunday August 31 @ 4pm, 5pm, & 6pm
at Forest Room 5 (map here)
Admission $12 / $8 for students & seniors (tickets here)

A questioning of the industry of cultural production.
An experiment in recombining Permaculture principles and haute couture.
A performance/lecture/participatory salon.

This event culminates two years of concept development and a 10-day studio residency in a lecture/performance/participatory event in the intimate setting of Forest Room 5's event hall. We'll share our first explorations of the seemingly paradoxical combination of Permaculture principles and the world of high fashion in the context of live performance.

Bringing together Control Group artists Patrick Mueller, Kristine Whittle, and Todd Bilsborough with the Montreal-based artists Eve Garnier and Martin Belanger of Production LAPS, the work evolves from separate explorations into a singular event: equal parts discussion, participation, and performance.



20101111_Martin Bellanger-11,11-10-frederic.chais@gmail_0056

Martin Bélanger has been active on the professional art scene since 1992. His approach is characterized by a broadened practice. As a performer, actor, collaborator, counselor, and choreographer, he takes part in projects that range from experimental theater to contemporary dance, including the interdisciplinary, He completed a bachelor degree at Université du Québec à Montréal in 1997. His work has been presented throughout Canada as well as in New York City, Berlin, Geneva, Bergen (Norway), Helsinki, France and Japan.

Parallel to his own creations, he collaborated with Jacob Wren, Benoît Lachambre, Carole Nadeau, kondition pluriel, Line Nault, Isabelle Schad, Michael Toppings, Epsilon Lab et Oli Sorenson. A lot of these engagements led to national and international touring. In 2004, he founded his company Productions Laps. He has been commissioned by several institutions such as Montréal Danse, LADMMI l'école de danse contemporaine, the School of Dance of Ottawa, Dancemakers, and by several independent artists such as Peter Trosztmer, Sarah Williams and Ève Garnier. He directed creative workshops with Le Groupe dance Lab, Studio 303 and at La B.A.R.N.(10 Gates Dancing, Tedd Robinson). He has worked in production mainly with PME art and Daniel Léveillé danse.


Born in Paris, France, Eve Garnier studies ballet at the Conservatoire National de Paris. She moves to Sweden for a year as a grant student at Ballet Akademien where she deepens her interest in the contemporary release technic. In 1996, Eve settles in Denmark where she works with companies such as the Royal Danish ballet, Mancopy DanseKompani and collaborates with international artists in dance and performance: TimFeldmann, Anders Christiansen, Olga Cobos & Peter Mika, David Dorfman, Doug Varone, Christina Caprioli, Dominique Porte and many others.
In 2009, Eve moves to Canada to join the Montreal based Compagnie Marie Chouinard, as a permanent dancer she performs the repertory as well as in new creation works. In 2012, she leaves the company as a dancer but is still collaborating as a rehearsal director and choreographic assistant.
Now based in Montreal, she works as a freelance performer with choreographers and multidisciplinary artists such as Sabrina Reeves, Martin Bélanger, Katia Gagné, Helle Bach. She also is rehearsal director for the company Flak/José Navas, teaches workshops in Montreal and abroad.

Alongside, she has appeared as an actor in commercials, short movies and TV series.

In Denmark, she received the Morgens Brandt award for her contribution to the Danish dance scene.

Currently, Eve is working on a solo created by theatre director Katia Gagné that will be presented in September 2014 at the Fine Art Museum in Montreal.

She had never really heard of Permaculture before this project, but she recycles.