The Hands On Project

The Hands On Project

participants: Marie-Reine Kabasha, Tar Fa  photo: Donald Robitaille

participants: Marie-Reine Kabasha, Tar Fa photo: Donald Robitaille


In this world of instant communication, our first contact with people is often virtual. All day we swipe screens, type on keyboards and punch buttons. Our overuse of electronics reduces daily opportunity for human contact.  The Hands On Project explores what happens when our first contact with someone is through touch. Is it possible to create a connection?

There are two elements to the project:

Hands On, an experimental documentary short film

HANDSHACK an interactive installation for two, or four strangers.

Hands On

Photo: Donald Robitaille, Participants: Pascal Auclair, Jinny Jessica Jacinto

Photo: Donald Robitaille, Participants: Pascal Auclair, Jinny Jessica Jacinto

This experimental documentary dance short involved 20 participants- mostly non-dancers to experience a silent, tactile conversation through a ‘blind hand date’

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original Idea & direction Marites Carino

producers Marites Carino, MarleneMillar

director of photography Donald Robitaille

camera Jules de Niverville

first camera assistant Filipe Pio

behind-the-scenes video Michael Wees

set photography Isabella Miranda Martinez

editor Marites Carino

movement facilitator Mariko Tanabe

original music Christian Olsen

sound recording Aras Bukauskas

mix and sound design Luc Papineau

set design Alex McLean, Jodee Allen

production manager Patrick Riley

production assistant Karina Thibault

colourist Francis Hanneman


Pascal Auclair, Namchi Bazar, Ghanshyam Singh Birla, Clank, Tram-Anh Dam, Cécile Duchamp, Gustavo Estrada, Tar Fa, Kakim Goh, Francois Guay, Jinny Jessica Jacinto, Marie-Reine Kabasha, Matthieu Kieffer, Stacey Koprince, Brigitte Lachance, Paula McCafferty, Jean-Pierre Mecdy, Elena Racevičiūtė, Bobby Thompson, Aurélie Tomas


Drawing: Patrick Riley

Drawing: Patrick Riley

HANDSHACK, an interactive installation invites strangers to get to know each other through a tactile conversation. Their interaction, projected through a live feed, takes an accepted form of first contact, the handshake, and twists it into an unexpected choreography.

Unable to hear one another, participants wear headphones and are guided in this silent interaction. This sensorial experience takes participants on a memorable journey that heightens the senses and sparks the imagination.

Check out the project Instagram.

HANDSHACK premieres in Saskatoon, SK, at the Remai Modern at LUGO, a one-night art happening that celebrates art, food, community and dance Jan. 12, 2019. Click here for information and tickets.

In addition, the project has been awarded an artistic residency and production grant and will be remounted in Montreal, QC in May 2019 at the Oboro gallery during the Accès Asie Festival. Details to be announced here.


A glimpse of the premiere of the interactive installation HANDSHACK at the Remai Modern, Saskatoon, SK, January 2019.