Conversations on Performance

This year for the very first time, a new project named Conversations on Performance will allow a dozen young artists and critics from across Canada to attend an English version of the seminar.

Welcome to Montreal!

With the support of les offices jeunesses internationaux du Québec (LOGIQ) + Pro Helvetia, Fondation Suisse pour la culture + l’office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ) + Goethe-Institut Montréal + ambassade d’Espagne à Ottawa + Istituto Italiano di cultura Montreal + festival Quatre chemins


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