Stéphane Gladyszewski


In his studio-laboratory, Stéphane Gladyszewski conducts 'technorganic'experiments through which he attempts to reveal the hidden part of our multiform corporeality. Situated at the crossroads between performance, visual, and digital arts, his work seeks to explore the limits of perception. The technological tools that he has developed are deployed to complicate and problematize the tangible real, in order to go beyond the boundaries of objects and bodies.

Initially interested in the body, images, and light, Stéphane Gladyszewski studied and worked in photography before completing his B.F.A. in fine arts (Université du Québec à Montréal - UQAM), Concordia University). By the end of his studies, his multidisciplinary orientation was evident : supported by the Imperial Tobacco Arts Council for the Development of the Arts, he created Ab Ovo - Terre Promise, an interactive ecosystem revolving around the blooming of the milkweed pod. Following soon afterwards was the optical installation, Ov (2002), and then In Side (2003), a performance blending the virtual body with the carnal one, for which he received the Creation Prize from the Office Franco Québécois pour la Jeunesse.

Attracted to movement, his initiation to dance comes through contact improvisation. A happy—and soon to be challenging—circumstance brings him to audition for the Daniel Léveillé Danse company in 2004; he will dance in the trilogy Amour, acide et noix, La pudeur des icebergs and Le crépuscule des océans. He will also perform in Nicolas Cantin's Grand singe. His investment in dance also takes form in scenographic objects created for different choreographers, such as Line Nault, Peter James, Mia Maure Danse, Anne Thériault, and Hinda Essadiqi. With the work Aura presented in 2005 at both Espace Tangente and the TransAmériques Festival, Gladyszewski consolidates the elaboration of his own surrealist language by combining matter, the body, and incantatory dreams.

In 2008, he creates a 'thermal video' projection system which offers new strategies for working with the video image, which he first uses in the project Corps noir. For this work, Gladyszewski chooses to become the material, revealing himself in an eccentric self-portrait based on the fantastic constructions of his psyche. Using the same technological principles, he choreographs the duet Chaleur humaine, presented in a nude dancing bar as part of the project Danse à 10. He also creates site-specific audiovisual performances such as Corps noir Annexe II for the FTA (2009), as well as an illuminated walking path for the Hivernales d'Avignon (2009); in both performance-installations he deepens his research on the persistence of visual stimuli on the retina.

With the recent work Tête à tête, Gladyszewski continues his research in identity and exploration of intimacy through the spectacle vivant. In 2012, he is honoured with the Prize Art + Émergence by the Conseil des arts de Montréal and the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, for his creations Corps noir and Tête à tête.

Since 2010, Stéphane his part of the group of artists who are supported by Daniel Léveillé danse.