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Dance

7 Pleasures

Mette Ingvartsen (Copenhagen + Brussels)26, 27 May

7 Pleasures

Sensual, playful and instinctual, 7 Pleasures is an appeal to contagious, liberating hedonism. A feast of the senses where the naked body asserts its rightful place.

Theatre

100 % Montréal

Helgard Haug + Stefan Kaegi + Daniel Wetzel (Berlin)25, 26, 27, 28 May

100 % Montréal

100 citizens dive in feet first in an astonishing collective X-ray, incarnating onstage 100% of the Montreal demography. A vibrant, exhilarating exercise in self-portrayal!

Dance

Blank Placard Dance, replay

Anna Halprin / Anne Collod (Paris)26, 27 May

Blank Placard Dance, replay

What do you want to protest? A white-clad battalion of performers march down city streets carrying blank placards. Ideas circulate, protest takes root.

Theatre

Pôle sud : documentaires scéniques

Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette + Émile Proulx-Cloutier (Montreal)26, 27, 27, 28 28, May

Pôle sud : documentaires scéniques

Their names are Serge, Jacqueline, Johanne. In reinvented documentary theatre, they reveal their extraordinary experiences and improbable destinies in the Centre Sud neighbourhood.

Theatre

Antoine et Cléopâtre

Tiago Rodrigues (Lisbon)27, 28, 29 May

Antoine et Cléopâtre

An ancient tale of fervour and fire, of ever passionate love. A theatrical act of frenzied feeling that illuminates the ultimate myth.

Dance

SPOON

Nicolas Cantin (Montreal)27, 28, 29 May

SPOON

Gaïa and Fiona, ages 8 and 11. They are onstage but couldn’t care less about the codes of theatre or dance, for they have no idea what they are. They prefer life, simple and raw.

Dance

MONUMENT 0: Haunted by the War (1913-2013)

Eszter Salamon (Berlin + Paris)30, 31 May

MONUMENT 0: Haunted by the War (1913-2013)

Eszter Salamon shakes up the collective memory of the past century, digging up forgotten war dances from four continents. An incandescent act of resistance that is physical in the extreme. Courageously anti-imperialist.

Theatre

Time’s Journey Through a Room

Toshiki Okada (Tokyo)29, 30, 31 May

Time’s Journey Through a Room

An exceptional figure in new Japanese theatre first introduced to FTA audiences in 2011, Toshiki Okada exposes the human side of the effects of the Fukushima catastrophe.

Dance

Lifeguard

Benoît Lachambre (Montreal)29, 30, 31 May and 01 June

Lifeguard

A magnetic, sacred and vibrant exchange, Lifeguard is a call to communion. Hymn to the body, awakening of the senses, it is a new space for sharing between performer and public.

Dance

TO DA BONE

(LA) HORDE (Paris)31 May and 01 June

TO DA BONE

(LA)HORDE gathers together young jumpers from 9 countries to overcome the exhaustion of lost utopian momentum and vigour. A rallying cry on the margins of now listless revolts.

Dance

Some Hope for the Bastards

Frédérick Gravel (Montreal)01, 02 June

Some Hope for the Bastards

With nine supercharged dancers and two musicians, Frédérick Gravel is back once again to kindle our desire for disturbing excitement with a choreographic concert of downright corrosive energy.

Theatre

Wycinka Holzfällen – Woodcutters

Krystian Lupa (Wrocław)02, 03 June

Wycinka Holzfällen – Woodcutters

A first visit to Canada, a masterpiece. Does making art demean artists irreparably? Lupa poses the question in dazzling fashion.

Theatre

Entrez, nous sommes ouverts

Bureau de l'APA (Quebec)01, 02, 03 June

Entrez, nous sommes ouverts

All those buttons, computer keys and switches we select and the mysterious connections that ensue — could all those tiny triggers be the basis for a show? A hilarious investigation.

Theatre

Conférence de choses

François Gremaud + Pierre Mifsud (Lausanne)29, 30, 31 May and 01, 02, 03, 04 June

Conférence de choses

A man, a room, cheerful verbosity. In this malleable, multifaceted lecture, Pierre Mifsud orchestrates a Wikipedia-style ramble through the fields of knowledge. A dizzying collage of ideas.

Dance

inaudible

Thomas Hauert (Brussels)03, 04 June

inaudible

Six dancers plunge into an impish game where they follow the dictates of a quirky musical score, giving shape to its tiniest details and thus rendering the inaudible visible.

Dance

Pour

Daina Ashbee (Montreal)02, 03, 04 04, June

Pour

A rising star of contemporary dance, Daina Ashbee boldly tackles complex questions about femininity, blood, the loss of control. An object of painful beauty.

Dance

The Principle of Pleasure

Gerard Reyes (Montreal)01, 02, 03, 03, 04 June

The Principle of Pleasure

A ferociously sexy creature wearing a transparent black bodysuit and 6-inch heels swivels his hips to the pop music of Janet Jackson. Stripping, bondage, voguing. All together.

Dance

bang bang

Manuel Roque (Montreal)02, 03, 04, 05 June

bang bang

A celebration of the beating pulse of life, bang bang tests the body’s resistance to being airborne – at the risk of falling.

Installation

Dance Machine

Lee Su-Feh (Vancouver)01, 02, 03, 04 June

Dance Machine

An unusual invitation: quit the urban jungle for an immersive experience in an invented forest. Dancers and visitors alike connected to each other for a brief, enchanted moment.

Theatre

Exhibition – L’exhibition

Benoit Gob + Francis La Haye + Emmanuel Schwartz (Brussels + Montreal)02, 03, 04, 04, 05 05, June

Exhibition – L’exhibition

Emmanuel invented the Machine à extraire la pensée pure and decided to test it out on his two friends Benoît and Francis. Of course the machine didn’t work, or rather didn’t work as planned.

Dance

Runaway girl

Jocelyne Montpetit (Montreal)27, 27, 28 28, May and 02, 02, 03, 03, 04 04, June

Runaway girl

An empty house opens its doors. An invitation to step into a place steeped in memories, home to a young girl who grew up there. The return of an exceptional Montreal dancer and choreographer.

Theatre

La fureur de ce que je pense

Nelly Arcan + Marie Brassard (Montréal)03, 04, 04, 05, 06 June

La fureur de ce que je pense

A dazzling scrutiny of the writings of Nelly Arcan. With six exceptional actresses and a bewitching dancer, Marie Brassard probes the unfathomable power of woman.

Theatre

La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje – Possibilities that Disappear Before a Landscape

El Conde de Torrefiel (Barcelone)05, 06 June

La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje – Possibilities that Disappear Before a Landscape

The Barcelona company El Conde de Torrefiel sculpts surprising, seemingly dormant landscapes throbbing with underlying, unacknowledged chaos. A theatrical excursion like an exhibit of contemporary art.

Dance

TORDRE

Rachid Ouramdane (Grenoble)06, 07 June

TORDRE

Wondrous and poetic, TORDRE fascinates as it stirs the soul. A plunge into the depths of intimacy, an ode to difference and human fragility. A haunted, hypnotic dance.

Dance

Caída del cielo

Rocío Molina (Seville)07, 08 June

Caída del cielo

In her extraordinary virtuoso flamenco imbued with rock concert and performance art aesthetics, Rocío Molina is merciless. Powerful, transgressive, untamed dance.

Theatre

Jusqu’où te mènera Montréal ?

Jamais Lu (Montreal)07, 08 June

Jusqu’où te mènera Montréal ?

A theatrical, literary, touristically incorrect cabaret as well as a dreamy, fiery and exhilarating celebration! The invigorating, trenchant portrait of a city that might very well seem strange to us.