Dance

Kalakuta Republik

Serge Aimé Coulibaly (Bobo-Dioulasso + Brussels)23, 24, 25 May

Kalakuta Republik

Directed by the Burkinabe Serge Aimé Coulibaly, seven astounding dancers recounts the history of the peoples of yesterday and today through the figure of the mythical Fela Kuti.

Theatre

Quasi niente

Daria Deflorian (Rome)
Antonio Tagliarini (Rome)23, 24, 25 May

Quasi niente

Daria Deflorian and Antonio Tagliarini pursue their explorations of invisible lives. The Antonioni film Red Desert is the inspiration for a delicate depiction of a woman adrift.

Theatre

Fantasia

Anna Karasińska (Warsaw)24, 25, 26 May

Fantasia

Six actors, no script. Seated behind the auditorium,Anna Karasińska, a young vital force in Polish theatre, gives directions with a microphone. A laboratory of virtuoso improvisation.

Dance

Savušun

Sorour Darabi (Teheran + Paris)24, 25, 26 May

Savušun

Sorour Darabi draws on his Iranian roots to knit together an intimate tale of suffering and fear endured by marginalized bodies. Savušun perturbs and bewitches.

Theatre

Tous des oiseaux

Wajdi Mouawad (Paris)22, 23, 25, 26, 27 May

Tous des oiseaux

Wajdi Mouawad has returned to the fiery force of his sweeping theatrical epics with a powerful tragedy that is unleashed in the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Dance Music

May He Rise and Smell the Fragrance

Ali Chahrour (Beirut)25, 26, 27 May

May He Rise and Smell the Fragrance

The Lebanese choreographer Ali Chahrour presents a primitive ceremony of staggeringly incandescent intensity. Between the sacred and the profane, the funeral procession begins.

Dance Theatre

Hidden Paradise

Marc Béland (Montreal)
Alix Dufresne (Montreal)25, 26, 27, 28 May

Hidden Paradise

On February 9, 2015, radio host Marie-France Bazzo talked with the philosopher Alain Deneault about tax evasion. A virulent, spirited and infuriated choreography.

Theatre

Granma. Trombones de La Havane

Stefan Kaegi (Zurich + Berlin)28, 29, 30 May

Granma. Trombones de La Havane

Grandchildren of Fidel’s Castro comrades employ the words of their grandparents to reconstruct the Cuban revolution… as they play the trombone.

 

Dance

Put Your Heart Under Your Feet… And Walk!

Steven Cohen (Johannesburg + Lille)27, 28, 29 May

Put Your Heart Under Your Feet… And Walk!

Put Your Heart… is a mournful poem of unbearable beauty, which follows the march of a survivor through a land of mourning. A singularly extreme ritualized cantata.

Dance Performance

Rather a Ditch

Clara Furey (Montreal)26, 27, 28, 29, 30 May

Rather a Ditch

Echoing the hypnotic Steve Reich album Different Trains, Clara Furey directs Céline Bonnier in a sensual, visceral solo full of the silence of what has been lost.

Dance

L’affadissement du merveilleux

Catherine Gaudet (Montreal)28, 29, 30, 31 May

L’affadissement du merveilleux

In her sublime new piece, the choreographer Catherine Gaudet probes the life force. An ode to the beauty of being alive, right up to death. Breathtaking.

Theatre

Other Jesus

Evan Webber (Toronto)
Frank Cox-O'Connell (Toronto)29, 30, 30, 31 May

Other Jesus

In a church, a collective presents its offbeat vision of the life of a spiritual leader. Grunge pageant, church bazaar aesthetics, and here is Other Jesus, circa 2019.

Dance

UNFOLD | 7 perspectives

Danièle Desnoyers (Montreal)30, 31 May and 01 June

UNFOLD | 7 perspectives

Danièle Desnoyers tests the resistance of the body and the limits of balance. Magnetic and powerful, UNFOLD | 7 perspectives captivates with its finesse and its furious energy.

Dance

Innervision

Martin Messier (Montreal)29, 30, 31 31, May and 01 01, June

Innervision

Like an orchestra conductor, Martin Messier directs a “live transmission” performance in the Quartier des spectacles, manoeuvring 60 dancers in a huge doomsday ballet.

Theatre

Cuckoo

Jaha Koo (Seoul + Amsterdam)30, 31 May and 01, 01, 02 June

Cuckoo

A bittersweet portrait of the life of a young Korean with three rice cookers of the popular brand Cuckoo which talk, argue and sing songs. Atypical and disconcerting.

Theatre

Soifs Matériaux

Marie-Claire Blais (Key West + Montreal)
Stéphanie Jasmin (Montreal)
Denis Marleau (Montreal)31 May and 01, 02, 03 June

Soifs Matériaux

In this compelling theatrical voyage featuring more than 25 performers, Denis Marleau and Stéphanie Jasmin reinvent for the stage the lavish, wondrous world of Marie-Claire Blais.

Dance

Bacchantes – Prélude pour une purge

Marlene Monteiro Freitas (Mindelo + Lisbon)02, 03 June

Bacchantes – Prélude pour une purge

An ode to the imagination and the irrational. With thirteen dancers and musicians, Bacchantes delights both eye and ear, never running out of steam. Absolutely delicious.

Dance Performance

CUTLASS SPRING

Dana Michel (Montreal)31 May and 01, 02, 03 June

CUTLASS SPRING

Chameleon artist Dana Michel is hunting for a pulse and widen the door to her sexual self. A piercing and unexpected look at the liberation of a body.

Performance Theatre

Genderf*cker

Pascale Drevillon (Montreal)
Geoffrey Gaquère (Montreal)31 May and 01, 02, 03 June

Genderf*cker

An activist and performance artist, Pascale Drevillon explodes our vision of a binary world. Explore with her the wide spectrum of possible genders.

Theatre

Constituons !

Christian Lapointe (Quebec City)01, 02, 03, 04 June

Constituons !

The intrepid Christian Lapointe mobilizes citizens, legal scholars and experts to endow Quebec with a fictitious, albeit genuine constitution. An astoundingly ambitious theatre project!

Dance Music

Fear and Greed

Frédérick Gravel (Montreal)01, 02, 04 June

Fear and Greed

Frédérick Gravel in a solo: his outlandish vision of the world, his irony, his lengthy questions without answers, his singular style of movement, his guitar and his pop attitude.

Dance

Speed Glue

Simon Grenier-Poirier (Montreal)
Dorian Nuskind-Oder (Montreal)01, 02, 02, 03, 04 04, June

Speed Glue

National ping pong champions play the game not to beat the opponent, but to play. For the beauty of the game. An intriguing ballet where everyone wins.

Installation Performance

This Time Will Be Different

Lara Kramer (Montreal)
Émilie Monnet (Montreal)01, 02, 03, 04 June

This Time Will Be Different

Denouncing the status quo so harmful to the Indigenous peoples of Canada, this installation-performance creates a decolonized space where generations come together to retake possession of their past and present.