Non de nom

A half-open interiority, half revealed. Between presence and absence. Body as matter. Body as light. Body as sound. The inside and the outside merge into each other.

Ariane Plante


A project by Line Nault – conception and choreographic direction
Audrey Bergeron, Tony Chong, Jessica Serli and Peter Trosztmer – performance
Alexandre St-Onge – distant space performance
Alexandre Burton – digital instrument and audio-visual media device
Simon Guilbault – lighting and scenography
Elen Ewing – costumes
Ariane Plante – companion and notebooks Non de nom
Philémon Crête – director of photography Refuges and Fleurs
Brigitte Breault – creation and production of Fleurs
Victor Burton Dallaire – music for Escalier
Guillaume Arseneault – technological assistance and consultation

Non de nom has received financial support from the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts.

The image and sound processing software were produced as part of a residency at Artificiel studio and digital lutherie laboratory.

A co-production by Line Nault, Artificiel studio and Agora de la danse.

Residencies: Maison de la culture Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and Agora de la danse



Agora de la danse – october 18, 19, 20 & 21 2021

Creation residency at Agora de la danse (november 16 to december 12 2020)
Photo credit : Ariane Plante

[2020, performance-installation]

Based on the concept of anonymity and on the notions of identity and otherness between the seen and the perceived in the digital age, Non de nom (No name) is a living laboratory that combines installation, performance, movement and digital arts. Questioning the construction and dissolution of individual identities from a perspective of memory and media proliferation, this work displays a strange household where non-characters evolve in search of their true self.

This experimentation is supported by the development of technological tools and broadcasting devices integrated into the exhibition space. The area is divided into four main stations in which the spectator can walk freely. The four performers roam this same space and settle temporarily in one place to explore their unfixed identities through different actions. Small places near the exhibition space are also inhabited by performers; these shelters are made accessible to the public thanks to a media system. A distant space is also embodied by the ghostly presence of a fifth protagonist performing from another city.

When the performers are physically absent, the visual and sound traces of their passages intermingle and enliven the exhibition where a multitude of screens proliferate. This delayed transmission allows the viewer to glimpse many layers of time simultaneously, and it is when the performer emerges that the concordance between real time and space is restored. The interactive technology here poetically reveals the constructed aspect of the relationship between reality and perception.

There is something elusive about Non de nom and it contains densely assembled layers of meaning and interpretation. Open, figurative and abstract at the same time, this work draws on the unconscious to construct and deconstruct.

View the workbook about the creative process of this project.