Myriam Yates


Myriam Yates

La répétition / Rehearsal

31.03 — 22.04 / 2017

Vernissage – conference April 8

PLEASE NOTE that the opening has been replaced by a conference by the artist that will be followed by a sound performance by Frédéric Dutertre Saturday April 8, from 5 to 7 p.m.


La répétition / Rehearsal, by Myriam Yates:

“The triptych video La répétition /Rehearsal takes us into one of the three studios in the headquarters of the Cirque du Soleil based in Montréal (Québec, Canada). A team of five elite athletes from Eastern Europe (Russia and Ukrainian) are training for a flying act, adapting their skills to eventually perform in the Cirque du Soleil.

As in many of my works, I am interested in what happens behind the scenes. The costumes and spectacular scenic effects are stripped away so we can examine the efforts, work and emotional states of the athletes during their training.

I try to create a dialogue between the architectural structures of the studio and the body performing its precise movements. The video uses closed-ups of beams and ceilings, sometimes turned upside down to evoke the disorientation that the athletes may feel, almost as if they were in a space ship.”

/// Myriam Yates Conference – part 2 to 4 /// on vimeo


Myriam Yates holds two BFAs and an MFA from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her work has been shown at events such as Buenos Aires International Documentary Film Festival (2013), Kassel Dokfest (Kassel, Germany, 2012), Images Festival (Toronto, 2012), Le Mois de la Photo à Montréal (2007), Rencontres internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014) and the Regina Festival of Cinematic Arts (2005). It has also been featured in individual and collective exhibitions: Foreman Art Gallery of Bishop’s University (2013), Prefix ICA (Toronto, 2015), a duo show at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art (NY, 2012), The Québec Triennale at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (2011), Optica Centre for Contemporary Art (Montréal, 2009), La Centrale Galerie Powerhouse (Montréal, 2003) and Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography (Toronto, 2001). She attended the Banff Centre to participate to the IntraNation thematic residency program. Prizewinner of the Cyberpitch contest (Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal 2004), she has also presented at the Banff Centre’s New Media Institute’s Interactive Screen lectures (2005). From 2009 to 2014 she also worked as the artistic director and programming coordinator of Sporobole, a centre for contemporary art in Sherbrooke (Québec). Her work is included in the collections of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, Fasken Martineau DuMoulin law firm and Cirque du Soleil headquarters. In June 2015, she received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award in media arts.

Useful links :