Jacob Wren: Authenticity is a Feeling-- Book Launch and Reading

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Join READ Books for a reading by writer and performer Jacob Wren and to celebrate the launch of his new book.

Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART is a compelling hybrid of history, memoir, and performance theory. It tells the story of the interdisciplinary performance group PME-ART and their ongoing endeavour to make a new kind of highly collaborative theatre dedicated to the fragile but essential act of “being yourself in a performance situation.”

Written, among other things, to celebrate PME-ART’s twentieth anniversary, the book begins when Jacob Wren meets Sylvie Lachance and Richard Ducharme, moves from Toronto to Montreal to make just one project, but instead ends up spending the next twenty years creating an eccentric, often bilingual, art. It is a book about being unable to learn French yet nonetheless remaining Co-Artistic Director of a French-speaking performance group, about the Spinal Tap-like adventures of being continuously on tour, about the rewards and difficulties of intensive collaborations, about making performances that break the mold and confronting the repercussions of doing so. A book that aims to change the rules for how interdisciplinary performance can be written about today.

When Jacob finished a first draft of the book he sent it to many of those who had co-created or worked on PME-ART projects asking for their comments. Therefore, the book also features contributions from: Caroline Dubois, Richard Ducharme, Claudia Fancello, Marie Claire Forté, Adam Kinner, Sylvie Lachance, Nadia Ross, Yves Sheriff, Kathrin Tiedemann and Ashlea Watkin.

Jacob Wren makes literature, collaborative performances and exhibitions. His books include: "Families Are Formed Through Copulation", "Revenge Fantasies of the Politically Dispossessed" , "Polyamorous Love Song" and "Rich and Poor". As co-artistic director of Montreal-based interdisciplinary group PME-ART he has co-created the performances: "En français comme en anglais", "it's easy to criticize", "Individualism Was A Mistake", "The DJ Who Gave Too Much Information", and "Every Song I’ve Ever Written". He frequently writes about contemporary art. Authenticity is a Feeling: My Life in PME-ART is published by Book Thug.