Beaubienne Baptiste, ballerine de la Nouvelle Vague
Super hero and New Wave ballerina
This is me in performance costume research, the photo is by Éliane Excoffierin in her Montreal studio.
The name Beaubienne Baptiste comes from my introductory wanderings around Montréal when I first moved to attend the Concordia University Print media MFA programme and was familiarising myself with all the street names. The name of rue Beaubien captured my imagination with its elegant alliteration and optimism, instantly conjured up a strong female character, une Montrealaise. Beaubienne Baptiste is a new wave ballerina superhero hovering just above the street life, an unusual sight to reward those with enough wherewithal to look up from the ground.