Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi


A tree, a dryer, a pile of mismatched socks: still and breathing bodies, as well as banal objects suggesting tasks to be accomplished greet the public. Objects are brought to life when recorded anecdotes of experiences within participatory art are amplified from within them in order to shed light on invisible labour and the limits of consent in performance. In a relaxed environment, the public is invited to accomplish daily tasks to be paid in return. Through these banal but essential gestures, a dynamic of exchange and collaboration is established between active and passive participants, spectators and performers. Ça a l’air synthétiquee bonjoour hi reveals challenges of art-making, drawing a poetic and sincere parallel with the actual context of economic insecurity.


3 min


Hybridity Award (OFFTA Festival) 
Mécènes investis pour les arts - Prix de la relève (BAAM-CAM)
Outstanding Production, Outstanding Ensemble, (NOW Magazine)


Bonjour Hi - NOW Magazine
Experimental performance is alive and well - NOW Magazine
An exceptional 12th edition! - OFFTA
Entre fiction et réalité - DFDanse
Entrevue avec les créateurs de Ça a l'air synthétique - Artichaut Magazine
ZH Festival 2018 : Place à « Ça a l’air synthétique bonjour hi » - Les Méconnus

"Blurs disciplinary, linguistic and cultural boundaries, in which the strength of the whole is carried by a singular energy, between humour, (self)derision, and banal reality." - LA SERRE - arts vivants

"An interactive performance that shakes up all conventions between audience and performer." - Dfdanse


Co-created and performad by: Burcu Emeç + Michael Martini + Nien Tzu Weng + Roxa Hy
Technical director: Zoe Roux
Object design consultant: Laura Azzalini
Sound consultant: Joe Thibodeau
Lighting consultant: Paul Chambers
Economic consultant: Leah Temper
Delegate production: LA SERRE – arts vivants
Presented at: OFFTA Festival, SummerWorks Festival, ZH Festival, Vous Êtes Ici/You Are Here

Photos top to bottom: Rachel Morse, Vjosana Shkurti, Jennifer Pitoscia, Cedric Laurenty,  Vjosana Shkurti, Vjosana Shkurti

Supported by

Conseil des arts de Montréal, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, MILIEUX-Le Parc, Regroupement des arts interdisciplinaires du Québec

© Burcu Emeç — all rights reserved