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100 % MontréalHelgard 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!
7 PleasuresMette Ingvartsen (Copenhagen + Brussels)26, 27 May
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.
Blank Placard Dance, replayAnne 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.
Pôle sud : documentaires scéniquesAnaïs 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.
Antoine et CléopâtreTiago 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.
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.
SPOONNicolas Cantin (Montreal)27, 28, 29 May
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.
Time’s Journey Through a RoomToshiki 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.
LifeguardBenoît Lachambre (Montreal)29, 30, 31 May and 01 June
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.
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.
Some Hope for the BastardsFrédérick 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.
Wycinka Holzfällen – WoodcuttersKrystian 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.
Entrez, nous sommes ouvertsBureau 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.
Conférence de chosesFrançois 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 MachineLee Su-Feh (Vancouver)01, 02, 03, 04 June
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.
inaudibleThomas Hauert (Brussels)03, 04 June
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.
PourDaina Ashbee (Montreal)02, 03, 04 04, June
A rising star of contemporary dance, Daina Ashbee boldly tackles complex questions about femininity, blood, the loss of control. An object of painful beauty.
Runaway girlJocelyne Montpetit (Montreal)27, 27, 28 28, May and 02, 02, 03, 03, 04 04, June
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.
The Principle of PleasureGerard 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.
bang bangManuel Roque (Montreal)02, 03, 04, 05 June
A celebration of the beating pulse of life, bang bang tests the body’s resistance to being airborne – at the risk of falling.
Exhibition – L’exhibitionBenoit 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.
La fureur de ce que je penseNelly 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.
La posibilidad que desaparece frente al paisaje – Possibilities that Disappear Before a LandscapeEl 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.
TORDRERachid Ouramdane (Grenoble)06, 07 June
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.
Caída del cieloRocío 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.
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.
Le super méga continentalSylvain Émard (Montreal)15, 16, 16, 17 September
Le super méga continental
375 Montrealers perform a gigantic Continental in unison on a colossal dance floor, the biggest line dance ever. Sheer bliss!