What are you doing here, spectator, in these FTA playgrounds?
“Art is a unwanted gift”, notes choreographer Meg Stuart in one of her shows. From artists we receive visions – small utopias, vivid fragments of reality, mirages or shocks
from a very candid mirror. We receive often unprecedented forms that touch us, that revolt or trouble us, that delight us and sometimes leave us perplexed. How can we together activate that collective experience of art? FTA Playgrounds transform the energy of the performances into food for thought, encouraging the collision of minds.
The first step is to awaken the senses. Before the Festival begins, films (fiction and documentaries) are shown at the Cinémathèque québécoise. Once the Festival is underway, performances generate reactions, discussions and debates, with some artists engaging in post-performance talks with the audience. The QG is home to several
discussions, presentations and debates full of passion and lively back-and-forth, chats, theatre workshops and impromptu get-togethers. All these shared moments create a
communal experience, a sharing of ideas and opinions, not to mention letting loose at parties at the QG!
In addition, the Festival also organizes activities for students, young artists beginning their careers and seasoned professionals. This year will also see the publication of Nos jours de fête, a book on the artistic project and highlights of the FTA with testimonials from artists and traces of past editions, a reflection of the unflagging quest for art that is
here and now, art that is essential and vibrant.
Most FTA Playgrounds activities are free of charge and open to one and all.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Discussions at the QG
Meet the artist, book launchs, public reading, presentations and conversations
Party nights at the QG
Free admission – welcome one and all!
Six Montreal nights
With DJ Rhythm & Hues
Fiction films and documentaries
Tools for tomorrow
Clinics designed to provide artists with new approaches
Learning and enrichment
For dance and theatre professional artists