Trans- (and) Performance

Conveners: Amelia Jones, Victoria Stanton, Alanna Thain, Sylvie Tourangeau and Katherine Zien

Trans- is a prefix designating a movement or connection across or beyond what it precedes. It also signals change. As such trans- is intimately linked to the claims for performativity or performance, which connects (a performer and an audience, the present soon to be past act, and future histories) and opens art to embodiment, fluidity, duration, and change. This work group expands upon the theme of “Trans-Montréal,” an event in which a group of local artists and theorists are developing for Fluid States, Performance Studies International 2015.


Amelia Jones is Professor and Grierson Chair in Visual Culture at McGill University. Her recent publications include Perform Repeat Record: Live Art in History, co-edited with Adrian Heathfield and a single authored book Seeing Differently: A History and Theory of Identification and the Visual Arts.

Victoria Stanton is a performance artist, video-maker, and writer, presenting her work internationally. She co-authored Impure: Reinventing the Word (conundrum press, 2001), with Vincent Tinguely, and is working on a book with the TouVA Collective (Anne Bérubé, Sylvie Tourangeau and Stanton) on the performative in performance art.

Alanna Thain is associate professor of Film and Cultural Studies at McGill. She co-directs the Moving Image Research Laboratory. Her work links affect, media and the body in cinema and performance. Her forthcoming book, Bodies in Time: Suspense, Affect, Cinema reorients the affective turn through the temporal dimension of the cinematic body.

Sylvie Tourangeau is an artist, author, teacher and independent curator. Since 1984 she has developed a performance art pedagogy by creating an active space of experimentation of performative consciousness. She has published numerous articles and is writing a book on performative action with the TouVA collective (Anne Bérubé and Victoria Stanton).

Katherine Zien is assistant professor at McGill University. She received her Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Zien researches theatre and performance in the Americas, with emphasis on the transnational travels of performing artists in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Zien may be contacted at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Adair Rounthwaite
Ariel Federow
Catherine Lavoie-Marcus
Coral Short
Didier Morelli
Evelyne Bouchard
Jasmine Rault
Pancho López
Roy Gomez Cruz
Stefanie Miller
T.L. Cowan
Toni Pape
VK Preston