Body Archaeology: Ancestral Memory and Immigration

Facilitated by Tatiana Koroleva

Friday, June 10 from 6pm-8:30pm

2022.06.10 - Body Archaeology: Ancestral Memory and Immigration

Facilitated by Tatiana Koroleva
Friday, June 10 from 6pm-8:30pm

In this workshop, we will explore a variety of ways our genetic memory can be activated in the process of performance creation with the purpose of reviewing and connecting to the history of our ancestors. Focusing specifically on the experiences of migration, immigration, displacement and relocation as a part of global history, the workshop proposes to activate the invisible link between our cultures of origin and our present moment. Using the framework of ritual and a variety of performance art methodologies, this workshop brings forward the concepts of empathetic presence, collaboration, dialogic witnessing, and awareness of belonging to a larger community as fundamental principles of performance art creation.

During the workshop, the participants will learn to engage in the performance creation from the perspective of "presence", "embodiment", and "implicit memory". Addressing authenticity in performance creation, the participants will engage in production of short performances responding to their individual histories and experiences of living in multiple cultural contexts. This workshop is suitable for artists with diverse cultural backgrounds, immigrants, travellers, and/or anyone interested in exploring ancestral memory and the multiplicity of ways it continuously affects our present.

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  • The workshop will be delivered in English

About Tatiana Koroleva:

Tatiana Koroleva is a multi-disciplinary artist and researcher who works in the mediums of performance art, video art and creative writing. A graduate of a doctoral program in Humanities at the Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Society and Culture, Concordia University (Montréal) and a lecturer at the Department of Studio Arts, Tatiana explores intersections of performance art, art therapy and butoh practices. Her work is grounded in the subjects of ancestral memory, migration, intergenerational trauma and search for personal and collective healing. Since 2006, Koroleva has performed locally and internationally including her participation in Miami International Festival of Performance Art (FL, USA), International Biennale of Performance Art DEFORMES (Santiago de Chile, Chile), Sofia Underground Performance Art Festival (Sofia, Bulgaria), and Nuit Blanche Festival of Contemporary Art (Montréal, Canada), among many others. Her most recent projects were presented at Queens Museum (NYC, USA), La Centrale Gallery Powerhouse (Montreal, QC) and Art Souterrain Festival of Contemporary Art (Montreal, QC). Website:

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