Dominique Leclerc

Speaker, Dominique Leclerc
Playwright, director and actor, Post Humains
  • Dominique stars in the theatrical adaption of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, directed by Catherine Vidal, at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (2018).
  • Since 2009, she has co-directed theatre company Les Biches Pensives.

After four years of actively researching transhumanism, Leclerc implanted an RFID microchip in her hand – onstage, in front of an audience – and became one of the first people in Québec to have such an implant.

The cyborg playwright

Dominique Leclerc shines a theatrical spotlight on new technology that’s getting under our skin – and changing what it means to be human. She’s the writer, co-director, and performer of Post Humains, a 2017 play that materialized out of more than four years of professional and personal research into the realm of transhumanism. That is, how certain technologies can alter and enhance the human body and possibly even cure medical conditions. The seed of Dominique’s “autofictional documentary” began with a quest for alternative remedies for treating her Type 1 Diabetes. From there, her research encompassed academic theories, ethical debates and the real people who’ve enhanced themselves as cyborgs and biohackers. Her research evolved to become a multi-part performance that illuminates the complexities of transhumanism and bridges the gaps between academic thinking, government and industry regulation, and people’s lived reality. Ultimately, her work argues for freedom and prompts audiences to question the limitations of their humanity. Originally presented in Montréal in 2017, Post Humains begins touring internationally in 2019. Dominique is also co-creator of the productions Rien à cacher: No Way to Feel Safe and Ishow, produced several times in Canada and on tour in France. She’s toured internationally since 2013 with Tout-à-Trac production Alice in Wonderland in English and French, played a lead role in Guillaume Lambert’s 2018 feature film Les Scenes Fortuites, and starred in recent Les Biches Pensives productions Gamètes and Comment je suis devenue touriste de Jean-Philippe Lehoux, as well as in the Shakespearean tragedy Titus, produced by Les Écornifleuses this year.
“We’ve always evolved, why stop now?”
Dominique in Le Devoir
  • Dominique stars in the theatrical adaption of Dostoevsky’s The Idiot, directed by Catherine Vidal, at the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (2018).
  • Since 2009, she has co-directed theatre company Les Biches Pensives.

After four years of actively researching transhumanism, Leclerc implanted an RFID microchip in her hand – onstage, in front of an audience – and became one of the first people in Québec to have such an implant.