Previous Research

Martial Arts/Performing Arts Research Exchange (2006)

A short project I did in 2006 with William Trevino and Marc Tellez. William is an instructor of Soo Bakh Do and studied Decroux Mime with Thom Leabhart. Marc has practiced Muay Thai and is an expert strength coach. Marc and I have worked together often as part of One Reed Theatre. The material shown here includes some attempts at creating uninhibited partner response using slow motion training and composing original choreographic material by applying a series of distortions to set forms or taolu. The ones used here by Marc and I are from Cailifoquan (Choy Li Fut); I'm using the opening of the Si Zi Quan (Sap Ji Kuen) and Marc is using the basic movement series called Wu Lun Ma (Ng Lun Ma). The progression of distortions and the montage was directed by William. The video was shot by whichever one of us was not in the frame and edited by William.

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La Parole qui Danse (Ph.D. Dissertation, 2005)

This video accompanied the oral defence for my Ph.D. in 2005 (Doctorat en Études et Pratiques des Arts de l'Université du Québec à Montréal). In it I demonstrate some examples of Chinese martial arts forms (Cailifo Xiao Qing Quan, Tang Peng Taiji Jian, Wudang Taiyi Wuxing Quan, Cailifo Guan Dao), some simple self-defense techniques from Cailifoquan and restorative and conditioning forms (Zhi Neng Qigong, Cailifo Wei Gong, "Snake Crawling"). I am assisted by my friend Menez Chapleau who also helps me to demonstrate some rudimentary performing arts partner sensitivity exercises derived from the traditional training. Scenes from the production Peau de Lune are also included to demonstrate compositional principles in action.

The video was shot and edited by Marie-Louise Gariépy in 2004 at Wong Kung Fu studio in Montréal. My dissertation was supervised by Serge Ouaknine and Nicole Beaudry.

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Traditions et Trahisons des Traditions (Masters Thesis, 1998)

This lecture/demonstration was the public presentation for my M.A. in theatre at l'Université du Québec à Montréal. I wrote and performed the presentation, Olivier-Hugues Terreault directed it and Gilles Chartrand filmed and edited it. My thesis supervisor was playwright Larry Tremblay.

There is a small glitch in the video; after about a minute my presentation is interrupted by the late arrival of technical director Raymond Naubert (we forgot to lock the studio door) and so I start it again from the beginning.

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