because the personal is cultural
SYLVAIN VERSTRICHT: For the first time, Piss in the Pool will be shown at Bain Mathieu rather than at Bain Saint-Michel. Has this change of venue also meant any changes for the show itself?
ANDREW TAY: The venue for Piss in the Pool is different this year, and that's exciting for us to see how choreographers use the new space. Sight lines will be different, there are more options for getting in and out of the pool and there is a bar directly in the venue (which we are hoping will add to the party atmosphere of the event). Other than that the show will have the same spirit, and we're still allowing choreographers to place the audience anywhere in the space to view their work. There will definitely be some changes but I guess we won't really see how the new venue affects the show until premiere night.
SYLVAIN: There’s often been a lot of humour in the pieces presented at the event. This year, there are many artists who are known to be a bit more on the dramatic side (like Dorian Nuskind-Oder and Virginie Brunelle). Was this a conscious decision to balance things out?
SASHA KLEINPLATZ: Not at all actually. With Piss in the Pool we generally invite artists that we think represent different aspects of the Montreal dance and performance community, but we weren't really thinking about the drama/humour balance.
SYLVAIN: [Both of] you have been really busy working on a lot of projects this year, so it’s the first time that neither of you will be presenting work at Piss in the Pool. How do you feel about it? Has it changed the way you view your role in the event?
ANDREW: Sasha and I won't be presenting work in the event this year. We're working on a big project in Quebec City at the same time as organizing Piss in the Pool so we decided to sit this one out. The event has been growing over the last 8 years, and we've been thinking a lot about our role as curators. Piss in the Pool has become a great window for emerging artists and Sasha and I want to keep giving more opportunities to these artists. It's not to say that we won't ever show work again at Piss in the Pool, but we want to open the event up so that we (and the public) can discover and meet new dance artists and creators.
Piss in the Pool
20, 22 & 24 June at 8:30pm
Bain Mathieu, 2915 Ontario East
has an MA in Film Studies and works in contemporary dance. His fiction has appeared in Headlight Anthology, Cactus Heart, and Birkensnake.