tele-presence installation for a single spectator


Performers tele-dialogue with a single spectator from a remote location, for 10 minutes. Their video stream is projected inside the shadow of the spectator, who becomes the work’s co-author.

Today, we have other ways of communicating with others: e-mail, chat rooms, web-cams, etc. But what is left of communication? In entre-deux, we wanted to explore a representational form in which the performers are in contact with one spectator at a time in two separate places, their respective presences being transmitted by a technological set-up (tele-presence). By moving and changing positions, the spectator is no longer only a passive observer but communicates with the performers and participates in the creation of his/her own show. The body becomes its own theatre, and the spectator becomes co-creator of the performance.

Who is watching and who is being watched? The unfolding of the performance is determined by the spectator’s involvement, and therefore, he/she takes on some of the responsibility of its development. Thus, every performance is unique and is a singular experience for each spectator. The installation entre-deux questions the notions of tele-presence, voyeurism and participation. Since its creation in 2002, when it took place in a warehouse alongside a highway, the installation has been adapted for several different contexts. Among other venues, it was set up in containers at a port, in trailer homes, and in crates crowded onto a theatre stage.


Concept and artistic direction: Martin Kusch and Marie-Claude Poulin
Performance: Martin Bélanger, Leon Duevel, Josephine Evrard, Sara Hanley, Emma Waltraud Howes, Line Nault, Marie-Claude Poulin, Catherine Tardif, Guy Trifiro
Sound environment: Alexandre St-Onge
Technical direction: Eric Belley

With the support of:

Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des Arts de Montréal

Exhibitions / Shows

2010 Tanztage festival, Fabrik Potsdam, Potsdam / DE

2007 Usine C, Montreal / CA

2007 MoisMulti, Quebec City / CA

2006 EMPAC, Troy, NY / USA

2006 ZAIM, Yokohama / JP

2004 Escales improbables, Old Port, Montreal / CA

2002 MAI02, Ville St.-Laurent / CA