Call for application: International Rendezvous for Young Performing Arts Professionals and Critics

May 24 to June 3, 2020

Looking for Young Dance & Theatre Professionals and Critics aged from 25 to 35

+ Young creators: directors, playwrights, choreographers, actors, performers or any other candidate with a performing arts practice

+ Young critics: performing arts critics, specialized journalists or academics enrolled in a graduate program focused on contemporary art practices

CALL FOR APPLICATION (IN FRENCH)

Sharing Expertise and Discussing Performing Arts

Bringing together some 20 young professionals aged 25 to 35, performing artists as well as critics, the Rencontres internationales de jeunes créateurs et critiques des arts de la scène takes place over an 11-day period. Participants will engage in exchange and dialogue, expanding their thinking and their approaches to contemporary theatre and dance, confronting artistic reality, developing a critical eye and sharing their experiences and expertise with their peers.

The FTA seeks to encourage the development of emerging art forms through the circulation of ideas, the commingling of disciplines and diversity of creative contexts. The gathering is an opportunity to enrich participants’ professional practice and artistic approaches as they meet with artists and attend performances of contemporary theatre and dance from Quebec and elsewhere.

The 2020 delegation includes artists and critics from the Francophonie (France, Wallonie-Brussels, Quebec, Haïti and Africa) and from Germany, Spain, Italy, Mexico, Switzerland and Canada.


Objectives

+ 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.


Partners

+ Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec

+ L’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse

+ Goethe-Institut Montréal

+ Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

+ Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture

+ Festival Quatre chemins – Port-au-Prince

+ Ambassade d’Espagne à Ottawa


The Festival TransAmériques

The biggest performing arts festival in North America, the Festival TransAmériques is a driving force for the promotion of contemporary theatre and dance. The FTA delves deep into artistic disciplines, probing their limits in its quest for bold, outstanding artistic voices.


Eligibility criteria

Have good spoken French

Be between 25 and 35

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

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.


Program activities

From 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. during 11 days

See at least 8 FTA shows

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

In-depth discussions with FTA artists

Workshops and round tables with Montreal based critics and artists

A selection of optional shows outside of the FTA’s program

The Rencontres Internationales are designed as an intensive seminar, involving a busy daily schedule, high availability and a real commitment of the candidates during their stay at the FTA.

2019 program 2019 schedule

 

Participants from Quebec, French Canada

REGISTRATION FEES: $ 260 / participant

Including 8 FTA shows and 11 days of activities, with a professional mediator

Not covered by the Festival :

  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • 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
  • Resume
  • Photocopy of your identity card (at the photo page)

The cover letter should focus on your professionnal experience and clearly state your objectives as a potential candidate.

Submit your files at the latest on January 24 to [email protected]

The selection process should be done prior to February 14, 2020. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Contact
Jeanne-Renée D. Lorrain | Project Manager
514 842 0704 poste 26
[email protected] fta.ca

Candidates living more than 100 km from Montreal are eligible for a travel grant offered by LOJIQ and must apply to the Rencontres Internationales by contacting LOJIQ. Please include “Rencontres internationales” and your country of residence in the subject of your email.

Contact
Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec
514 873 4255 x 245
[email protected]

Participants from Belgium

Please submit your application at the latest on January 20 to [email protected]

If selected, a potential participant will have to ensure the necessary financial supports for its commitment.

We recommend that you apply for Artichok, a program by Bureau International Jeunesse, for an international mobility grant: www.lebij.be
Deadline : April 1st, 2020

Participants from France

More info to come – Please consult the OFQJ website.

Participants from Germany
 

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please consult the following website: www.goethe.de/montreal 

Contact
Caroline Gagnon
Coordinator of the Cultural program
514 499 0159 x 107 / 514 499 0919
[email protected]

Participants from Italy
 

For all details concerning registration fees and submission for financial support, please contact the Instituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal.

Contact
Laura Molé
Program Coordinator
514 849 3473
[email protected]

Participants from Marocco

For all details concerning registration fees and submission for financial support, please contact Selwa Abou-el-aazm and include “Rencontres internationales” and your country of residence in the subject of your email.

Contact
Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec
514 873 4255 x 245
[email protected]

Participants from Mexico

For all details concerning registration fees and submission for financial support, please contact Selwa Abou-el-aazm and include “Rencontres internationales” and your country of residence in the subject of your email.

Contact
Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec
514 873 4255 x 245
[email protected]

Participants from Spain

Please submit your application at the latest on January 24 to [email protected]

If selected, a potential participant will have to ensure the necessary financial supports for its commitment.

If financial support for the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa is possible, we will confirm upon selecting candidates.

Participants from Switzerland

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please consult the following website: www.prohelvetia.ch

Contact
Anne Maurer
French theatre Manager
+ 41 44 267 71 90
[email protected]

 

Testimonials from participants

“For me it was a very unique experience, learning all sorts of new things and realizing that beyond cultural differences, art takes place in a forum that challenges common references… Moreover, the city of Montreal, already recognized ’internationally for its music festivals, is certainly the most representative theatre and dance showcase in North America, and is slowly taking its place alongside the major festivals in Avignon and Edinburgh. This project will have a long-term impact in terms of my artistic development.” Cynthia Becker, Curitiba

“This project brought together a group of artists from around the world. It allowed me to establish new contacts with others in my chosen field, and also with other theatre disciplines. I was able to discuss local working conditions with young artists of my generation, to discover the shows in the FTA program, talk with both up-and-coming and veteran theatre professionals and discover the Montreal theatre milieu. I made fantastic new contacts, met interesting young artists and had incredible group experiences.” Nils Haarmann, Berlin

“The meetings with participants were incredible! I was in a state of intellectual stimulation just seeing so many shows. The Montreal theatre people that we met were very open. They really conveyed great energy and belief in their projects.” Eve-Chems De Brouwer, Paris

“Meeting so many interesting, passionate and talented people (both critics and artists) was unquestionably a positive element. And of course, the shows, even though not all of them impressed me, reflected the openness, curiosity and daring that are indicative of the FTA program.” Gilles Abel, Namur

 “This project exposed me to other approaches to theatre criticism, plunging me for one week into a provocative, stimulating context where it was possible to reflect on the performances and open up to new horizons.” Rodolfo Sacchettini, Florence