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The Water Shed

The Water Shed

The Water Shed is a live art installation that curates unique and personal conversations with Water. The idea for the installation came after two years of research by Porte Parole Productions, Montréal’s documentary theatre company. Collecting interviews for a play about fresh water led us to the realization that many Canadians have abstracted water in their everyday lives. The Water Shed emerges from the desire to bridge that cognitive disconnect by offering people a surprise opportunity to engage with the miraculous and mysterious presence of Water, both around us and inside of us.

In its research, Porte Parole collaborated with freshwater scientists, environmental policy-makers, advocates and artists to create an intriguing structure that places people at the centre of a playful dialogue with Water. We believe that the spontaneous exchange of thoughts, feelings & experiences opens our awareness and mimics the natural flow of water itself. The Water Shed does not seek to prescribe. Like water; it listens, absorbs and reflects.

The Water Shed had its first full presentation at the PANAMANIA arts and cultural festival, presented by CIBC, which featured “water in the Americas” as one of its themes. The installation animated the Distillery District concurrent to the premiere of Annabel Soutar’s documentary play, also called The Watershed. Porte Parole hopes to tour the Water Shed installation to locations across Canada and the US, deepening the many overlapping dialogues about something that is truly inseparable from us.


Installation History:

Ecologos’ 2016 WaterDocs Film Festival (Toronto), March 22-27th, 2016

PANAMANIA, Distillery District (Toronto) July 11-25th, 2015

Canadian Environmental Grantmakers Conference (Toronto) June 22, 2015

Vanier Céjep (Montréal) Feb 1-4, 2015


For more information about the Water Shed, click here.

For more information about Porte Parole Productions, click here.

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