It was a pleasure and an honor to be part of Performance Mix Festivals #31 (Infinite Corridor) and #36 (Meeting the Moai: Head Over Heels.) In both instances, the artists were made to feel welcomed and truly celebrated for their work, as reflected by attention to publicity, technical needs, and convivial gatherings. This festival truly practices diversity, equity, and inclusion, as manifested in their roster of performing artists each year. Big thanks to New Dance Alliance, Karen Bernard, and the entire Performance Mix Festival team who make it such a fulfilling and joyful experience for artists and audiences alike.
Miriam Ginestier, curator or EDGY NYC + MTL, is the artistic and general director of Studio 303, a busy Montreal center for dance and interdisciplinary art, and an award-winning creator of cultural events, Meow Mix and Le Boudoir, for Montreal’s lesbian and queer communities. At Studio 303, Ginestier supports experimental artists and practices through an interconnected program of residencies, professional development, unconventional performance opportunities and artist-led networking events, REMIX, Metamorphose and SPARK. A former performer, Ginestier is currently deeply invested in artist empowerment and in mobilizing exciting ideas.
Edgy Women is a feminist experimental art event devised by Ginestier and produced by Studio 303. Edgy Women began as a one-night dance event in 1994, eventually blossoming into an expanded festival format in multiple venues. In 2013, the festival celebrated its 20th and final edition with a SPORTS/ART/GENDER theme at a boxing club and hockey rink. In 2013, Studio 303 rebranded the event into the concise Edgy Redux for a three-year run ending in March 2016, with the theme THE END.