This is a rough video sharing the final performance (mostly the music) by Theatre students in the Right to the City course, a tethered teaching initiative in Pointe Saint-Charles, a postindustrial neighbourhood in Montreal’s south-west.
Compiled by Emilie Cassini
Audio pieces from the event Share the Warmth, including performances by Dario Ré and the Neighbourhood Theatre.
By John Toohey
I was first drawn to Point Saint Charles’ elliptical shape. Ringed by industry and cut off from the rest of the city, it suggested a neighbourhood that would become self-reliant and inward looking. These were ideal circumstances for the development of a distinct or idiosyncratic culture.
By Isadora Chicoine-Marinier et Samantha Wexler
Starting from the discovery of Le Ratatouillé collective garden and L’Épicerie Solidaire on Grand Trunk Street, this intervention is an ongoing field-research project around food security and activism in Point-Saint-Charles from past to future.
By Clinton Glenn
“When my father died we put him in the ground/when my father died it was like a whole library burned down.”
My intervention, titled A Loss in Three Movements, was informed by the ways in which the loss of people in our lives helps shape our experience of space, both geographical and metaphorical.
By Muriel Luderowski
Geographer Yi-Fu Tuan elaborates that a place is a center of meaning constructed by experience. It took me a long time to find that place, one that I felt was representative of the history of Pointe-Saint-Charles. A place that spoke to the past and the present of this very Montreal neighbourhood.
By Dario Ré
The proliferation of post-industrial gentrification in Pointe-Saint-Charles has transformed once-affordable rental housing into condo homes, displacing memories embedded in space and thus, as Steve Pile suggests in Temporalities, Autobiography and Everyday Life, “narratives of the self.” He argues these narratives are “more than just ‘situated’ in the sense of having a particular, unique time and place.” They are “inherently spatial [and] spatially constituted. Stories of the self are ‘produced’ out of the spatialities that seemingly only provide the backdrop for those stories ourselves.”1