April 5-6 2014
Room SH4800, UQAM
200 Sherbrooke street W.,


The RIPA (Rencontre interuniversitaire de performance actuelle) is a student-run initiative to promote the pratice of emerging artists from Quebec's universities and those of nearby provinces or states. Its mandate is to create a context of exchange, appealing to both professionals and students of performance art. Furthermore, by selecting singular propositions from emerging artists whose practice have significative contribution in their respective local or national scene, the RIPA presents a reflexion about the current state of art.


The RIPA (Rencontre interuniversitaire de performance actuelle) is a project initiated in 2012 by three students from Université du Québec à Montréal : Catherine D’Avril, Marilyne Fournier et Francis O’Shaughnessy. The event was held on April 28th at the Georges-Vanier Cultural Center in Montreal. This first edition had very eclectic presentations, the featured artists being : Les Abramovique (UQAM), Maxime Bisson (Concordia), Marilyne Fournier (UQAM), Nicolas Lapointe (Université d’Ottawa), Olivier Lavoie (UQAC), Gabriel Morest (UQAM), Sarah Chouinard-Poirier (Université Laval) and Snövit Hedstierna (Concordia). A joint performance by Francis O’Shaughnessy and invited senior artist Étienne Boulanger closed the evening.

The second edition, held on April 20 2013, was managed planned by a larger team of UQAM-based collaborators : Katherine-Josée Gervais, Fanny Latreille-Beaumont, Marie-Ève Parker, Jean-Philippe Luckhurst-C, Laurence N. Béland et Valérie Nadon. For the first time, the event partnered with an invited school : The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Eight artists have been selected to participate in this second edition : Alexis Bélanger (UQAC), Janick Burn (Concordia), Nicolas Rivard (UQAM) the duo of Louis Alex and Kristopher Dompierre (UQAM), and three students from Boston : Tracey Bullington, Bryan Rodriguez and the Alien Moon Partnership (Anthony Privetera). Julie Andrée T. (Concordia) was the invited senior artist. Held for the first time in the SH4800 room at UQAM with an attendance of over 150 people, this edition was a big success.

The 2014 edition of the RIPA event will be held in the same SH4800 room at UQAM on April 5th 2014. Members of the 2014 team are : Katherine-Josée Gervais, Fanny Latreille-Beaumont, Marie-Ève Leclerc Parker, Jean-Philippe Luckhurst-C, Noémie Croteau, Manoushka Larouche, Valérie Nadon, Gabriel Jasmin and Julie Richard. Again, the event will partner with an invited school from outside of Montreal, as well as a senior local artist.

Photos : RIPA 2013, by Martin Alexandre