What does it mean to collaborate with someone or something? Burcu Emeç’s project within Alliance We were awkward at first but then it was ok subverts the tensions inherent in collaboration, while reckoning with the function of objects in performance.
Burcu is practicing care, political action and rigorous curiosity. As an interdisciplinary performance maker she blends social commentary, active listening, improvisation and visual art. Her work lives in the shifts between the highly poetic and unbearably banal, subverting codes of live performance and creating tensions between language and image.
Burcu’s collaborative and independent projects have been presented in a wide range of settings in Montreal, Toronto and Germany, including the festivals OFFTA, SummerWorks and ZH, and venues such as Eastern Bloc, Never Apart and Montréal arts interculturels (MAI). Her recent awards include the Mécènes investis pour les arts, OFFTA Coup de coeur, OFFTA Hybridity Award, and five Montreal English Theatre Awards. She is curator in residence with Christopher Willes at Studio 303 and artist in delegate production with LA SERRE-arts vivants. Burcu is also a cultural worker and a coordinator at the artist-run centre articule. She holds a BFA in Theatre Performance from Concordia University (2017).