Kalakuta RepublikSerge Aimé Coulibaly (Bobo-Dioulasso + Brussels)23, 24, 25 May
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.
Tous des oiseauxWajdi 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.
Quasi nienteDaria Deflorian (Rome)
Antonio Tagliarini (Rome)23, 24, 25 May
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.
FantasiaAnna Karasińska (Warsaw)24, 25, 26 May
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.
SavušunSorour Darabi (Teheran + Paris)24, 25, 26 May
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.
Hidden ParadiseMarc Béland (Montreal)
Alix Dufresne (Montreal)25, 26, 26, 27, 28 May
On February 9, 2015, radio host Marie-France Bazzo talked with the philosopher Alain Deneault about tax evasion. A virulent, spirited and infuriated choreography.
May He Rise and Smell the FragranceAli 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.
Rather a DitchClara 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.
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.
Granma. Trombones de La HavaneStefan 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.
L’affadissement du merveilleuxCatherine 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.
InnervisionMartin Messier (Montreal)29, 30, 31 31, May and 01 01, June
Like an orchestra conductor, Martin Messier directs a “live transmission” performance in the Quartier des spectacles, manoeuvring 60 dancers in a huge doomsday ballet.
Other JesusEvan Webber (Toronto)
Frank Cox-O'Connell (Toronto)29, 30, 30, 31 May
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.
UNFOLD | 7 perspectivesDanièle 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.
CuckooJaha Koo (Seoul + Amsterdam)30, 31 May and 01, 01, 02 June
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.
SOIFS MatériauxMarie-Claire Blais (Key West)
Stéphanie Jasmin (Montreal)
Denis Marleau (Montreal)31 May and 01, 02, 03 June
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.
CUTLASS SPRINGDana Michel (Montreal)31 May and 01, 02, 03 June
Chameleon artist Dana Michel is hunting for a pulse and to widen the door to her sexual self. A piercing and unexpected look at the liberation of a body.
Genderf*ckerPascale Drevillon (Montreal)
Geoffrey Gaquère (Montreal)31 May and 01, 02, 03 June
An activist and performance artist, Pascale Drevillon explodes our vision of a binary world. Explore with her the wide spectrum of possible genders.
Constituons !Christian Lapointe (Quebec City)01, 02, 03, 04 June
The intrepid Christian Lapointe mobilizes citizens, legal scholars and experts to endow Quebec with a fictitious, albeit genuine constitution. An astoundingly ambitious theatre project!
Fear and GreedFrédérick 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.
Speed GlueSimon Grenier-Poirier (Montreal)
Dorian Nuskind-Oder (Montreal)01, 02, 02, 03, 04 04, June
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.
This Time Will Be DifferentLara 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.
Bacchantes – Prélude pour une purgeMarlene 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.