Marie-Claire BlaisKey West + Montreal
An incandescent, versatile actor, Marc Béland is also a politically engaged citizen artist.
A priestess keens her grief. Her voice scrapes the soul. Three men emerge from the bowels of the earth.
Steven CohenJohannesburg + Lille
The choreographer, performer and visual artist Steven Cohen was born in Johannesburg in 1962 and now lives in France.
Serge Aimé CoulibalyBobo-Dioulasso + Brussels
Serge Aimé Coulibaly
The Burkina Faso choreographer Serge Aimé Coulibaly views art as a vehicle for his commitment to social and political change.
Sorour DarabiTeheran + Paris
A 28-year-old self-taught Iranian dancer and choreographer, Sorour Darabi is very active in Iran.
Since 2008 Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini have collaborated on shows based on enquiries, on testimonials and detailed narratives that cast an intimate, close-up gaze at the richness, turmoil and distress of the human condition.
Since founding her company Le Carré des Lombes in 1989, the Montreal choreographer Danièle Desnoyers has been actively involved in the emergence of new perspectives in Quebec dance.
An actress outside the norm, Pascale Drevillon studied acting and performance at UQAM and graduated in 2015.
For their first collaboration, Alix Dufresne and Marc Béland make use of shared artistic practice to create a strong echo of the voices of those sounding the alarm about troubling events and trends in the modern world.
Clara Furey studied music at the Conservatoire de Paris, and began her career as a singer and composer.
Born and raised in Belgium, the actor and director Geoffrey Gaquère settled in Quebec in 1996.
A graduate of the UQAM dance program, Catherine Gaudet began her career as a dancer working for various choreographers before creating her first piece in 2004.
A choreographer, dancer, musician, singer and lighting designer, Frédérick Gravel’s work is intelligent, unruly, apparently casual and profoundly relevant.
Simon Grenier-Poirier is an interdisciplinary artist who completed his studies in photography at Concordia University in 2013. From 2012 to 2016 he was part of the musical duo Automelodi, which described its music as “impossible folk” and toured Europe.
Stefan KaegiZurich + Berlin
Active since 2000, the Berlin collective Rimini Protokoll is a major player on the contemporary documentary and participatory theatre scene.
She has been called “a virus in Polish theatre”, but the young director Anna Karasińska initially studied fine arts, philosophy and choreography before attending film school in Łodz.
Jaha KooSeoul + Amsterdam
Born (1984) and raised in South Korea, the performance artist Jaha Koo attended university there before moving to Holland, where he obtained a Master’s degree in theatre studies in Amsterdam.
Lara Kramer is a Montreal-based performer, choreographer and multidisciplinary artist of Cree, Ojibwe and Mennonite heritage.
Christian LapointeQuebec City
A writer, actor, director and teacher, Christian Lapointe is renowned in Quebec theatre as an actor and researcher.
Martin Messier explores the links between sound and matter by creating works that come to life as complex electro-mechanical and digital performative devices.
Choreographer and live artist originally from Ottawa and based in Montreal since 2000, Dana Michel has been on a meteoric rise since her 2013 solo Yellow Towel premiered at the FTA.
Marlene Monteiro FreitasMindelo + Lisbon
Marlene Monteiro Freitas
A native of Cape Verde, where she co-created the dance troupe Compass, Marlene Monteiro Freitas studied at P.A.R.T.S., the famous school in Brussels founded by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and then in Lisbon, where she settled.
Ever since his début, Wajdi Mouawad has been soberly presenting human and historical truths. In works devoid of didacticism, life prevails despite wars, despite men and women carried off by military conflicts. Human, all too human.
A Montrealer since 2009, the New York-trained choreographer Dorian Nuskind-Oder has presented performances in diverse venues across Quebec, notably at Tangente, Studio 303 and La Rotonde.
Writer Evan Webber and director Frank Cox-O’Connell began working together when they were students at the National Theatre School of Canada, and regularly collaborate on theatre projects as EW&FCO.