Public Private Parts or L’Origin du monde

Public Private Parts or The Origin of the World is a 60-minute dance performance and video installation which looks beyond the limiting binaries of public/private and art/pornography. A community of nine embodiment experts from various professional and cultural backgrounds create mindful body practices to awaken the senses. Through live performances and documentary videos, the group of contemporary dancers, sex workers and sex educators explore alone and expand together using the essential bodily functions of touch, breath, sound, movement and imagination. Intimate and innovative, their discoveries reveal new, hopeful interconnections that could benefit us all.

In Public Private Parts or The Origin of the World, three large, eco-futuristic sculptures are inhabited by three live performers. A three-channel video installation is projected onto silicone screens reminiscent of human skin, which transport spectators into the future to meet six virtual performers. The spectators are able to navigate the installation-performance at their own rhythm, making embodied choices that follow their curiosities, acting as witnesses, students and at times participants.


Duration: 75 minutes


Co-produced by Festival TransAmériques
With the support of Goethe-Institut Montréal + Diffusion Hector-Charland + Société des Auteurs et Compositeurs Dramatiques

Creative residencies Fabrik Potsdam + Tanzfabrik Berlin + Tanzhaus Zürich + Grand Studio (Brussells) + Espace Marie Chouinard + Par B.L.eux + José Navas/Compagnie Flak + MAI (Montréal, arts interculturels) + Département de danse de l’UQAM + Musée d’art de Joliette