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Phantom stills & vibrations
Lara Kramer (Montréal)

Image Credit: Stefan Peterson

May 10 - June 10, 2018

Thursday May 10, 2018
5 pm

Mohawk ceremony by Kevin Ka’nahsohon Deer
7 pm

Performance by Lara Kramer
7:15 pm

At the MAI (Montréal arts interculturels)
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., # 103, Montréal
INFORMATION: 514 982-1812

Presentation in collaboration with the FTA

Places and bodies – broken, betrayed, defiled. Secret, hidden stories gush to the surface in Phantom Stills & Vibrations, an immersive experience that pays tribute to the victims of the former Pelican Falls residential school in Sioux Lookout in northwestern Ontario. A cultural genocide that continues, that leaves traces and open wounds. Inspired by visits to the land of her ancestors, choreographer Lara Kramer has crafted a performance art exhibit in collaboration with Stefan Petersen, a reminder of the repercussions of the traumas passed on from generation to generation.

A photograph of the former residential school (now a high school) and a soundscape of the north underpin a minimalist performance. Kramer portrays the excruciating reality of abused children and questions the possibility of moving forward. How can there be a rebuilding when violence is perpetuated? The exhibit stirs, disturbs, leads to reflection and meditation. A work of essential, powerful remembrance.

Image Credit: Stefan Peterson

Lara Kramer is a choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of mixed Oji-Cree and settler heritage. Her critically acclaimed works portray the contrast of the brutal relations between Native peoples and colonial society, and have been presented across Canada and even in Australia.

These include Fragments (2009), inspired by her mother’s stories of being in residential school, and Native Girl Syndrome (2013), about how Native women have internalized trauma. Windigo can be viewed as its masculine counterpart, where trauma is externalized through different ages and bodies, individuals and objects. Her work deals with the aftermath of cultural genocide. The 2017 installation and performance piece This Time Will be Different, created in collaboration with Émilie Monnet, denounced the status quo of the Canadian government’s discourse regarding First Nations and criticized the “national reconciliation industry”. Based on a theatrical vocabulary and her Indigenous roots, Lara Kramer’s work employs narration and powerful imagery. Often blunt and raw, playing with the strengths and weaknesses of the human spirit, her pieces stand out for their engagement, sensitivity, close and instinctive listening to the body, and her attention to the invisible.

Her first appearance at the FTA consists of a double bill: the performance piece Windigo and the installation Phantom Stills & Vibrations, presented at MAI, works that plunge the spectator into the reality of the former Pelican Falls Indian Residential School in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Three generations of her family were forcibly sent to the school. Kramer continues her denunciation of hidden realities, profound traumas that permeate the history of her people.

Produced by Lara Kramer Danse
Conceived and choreographed by Lara Kramer
Created and performed by Lara Kramer + Stefan Petersen
Sound Recording and Mixing Lara Kramer
Sound Editing Marc Meriläinen
Outside Eye Ida Baptiste + Patti Shaughnessy + Jacob Wren
Coproduction Darling Foundry + National Arts Centre
With the support of Trent University Ashley Fellowship
Creative Residency Darling Foundry
Diffusion MAI
Presented in association with Festival TransAmériques
Written by Elsa Pépin
Translated by Neil Kroetsch
Premiered at MAI, Montreal, on May 10, 2018

> Exhibition
May 10 - June 10, 2018
Tuesday to Saturday
From noon to 6 pm

Thursdays May 10, 17, 24,
June 7 at 7 pm and June 2 at 3 pm


Photo credit:
© Stefan Petersen


Gallery Hours
Tuesday to Saturday
12AM – 6PM
3680 Jeanne-Mance St., Montreal


For images and more information, contact:
Christine Roy, 514-982-1812, ext. 227,





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