Conversations on Performance

A new pilot project at the FTA, Conversations on Performance is a 5-day seminar from May 31 to June 4, 2019 as part of the 13th edition of the Festival TransAmériques. The FTA will take place in Montreal from May 22 to June 4, 2019.

Open to a maximum of a dozen young Canadian professional artists aged 25 to 35, this pilot project is the first edition of a seminar in English based on five shows presented during the FTA. Participants are encouraged to expand their ideas about contemporary theatre and dance, confront their artistic realities and critical thinking, and to share their expertise with their peers. A cultural project coordinator will serve as a consultant during the project.

For this first year, Conversations on Performance will include English-language artists from Montreal, across Quebec and from other provinces in Canada. We hope to eventually open it up to participants from other countries in the years to come.


Encourage the development of emerging artistic practices by circulating ideas and intermingling disciplines and diverse creative contexts;

Enrich the professional and artistic approach of participants by discovering the work of other artists, as well as contemporary dance and theatre performances from Canada and elsewhere;

Stimulate contact with other artists and critics, and the sharing of ideas.

Festival TransAmériques

Driven by a taste for risk and bold approaches, the Festival TransAmériques presents striking dance, theatre and performance art shows. It incorporates a multitude of aesthetics and forms, always anchored in the contemporary world. The Festival gives voice to artists of all generations whose projects not only reflect a singular, unique vision but pose a sensitive, critical yet profoundly humane gaze at the world and our era, with often unclassifiable works that strike the imagination.

Eligibility Criteria

At least two years’ experience as a young dance, performance art or theatre professional*.

Have good spoken english

Be between 25 and 35

 Special attention will be given to candidates who have demonstrated over the course of their short careers a desire to reflect in depth about their chosen art form and to further advance that particular discipline.

* Directors, playwrights, choreographers, actors, performers or any other candidate with a performing arts practice

Program activities

5 FTA shows

Discuss FTA shows and related topics with an emphasis on critical analysis

In-depth discussions with FTA artists

Visits of cultural venues and artistic centres

Although this is a pilot project, Conversations on Performance is a demanding seminar that consists of an intense daily schedule. Successful candidates must demonstrate engagement and commitment.

Registration Fees: $182 / participant

Including 5 FTA shows and 5 days of activities, with a professional mediator

Not covered by the Festival


Transportation to and in Montreal

Personal expenses

Lodging (A special rate is available at universitary residences)

Tickets for shows not included in the Festival’s programme

Every submission requires

1 page cover letter


Photocopy of your identity card (at the photo page)

Please submit your files at the latest on January 21 to and indicate Conversations on performance Application in your email title.

If selected, it is each candidate’s responsibility to find the funding necessary for taking part in the project. The FTA will provide an official letter of acceptance, and can suggest various sources of financing that are available.

Informations or questions

Jeanne-Renée D. Lorrain | Project manager
514 842 0704 + 26/
Festival TransAmériques