Thinking Together: The Extended Community of the FTA Clinics
From Rome to Berlin, by way of Valenciennes, Ghent or Kinshasa, the FTA Clinics have already experienced several lives. Its evolution has resulted in a book to be released in the fall, a handbook detailing unique practices—the dramaturgical walk; the “repair table”; musical, urban, or haunted dramaturgy! This discussion will retrace the development of the questions and the collective impulses that drive it.
In association with Les enfants du garage + LA SERRE – arts vivants + CAMPO + Kunstencentrum Nona arts
Presented with the support of Gouvernement Flamand
Yohayna Hernandez (Montreal) Moderator
A dramaturge at Osikan. Vivero Escénico Experimental, Yohayna Hernández is interested in the relationships between experience and language. Her work is located at the crossroads of research, creation, and thought.
A coordinator for the research and creation networks Tubo de Ensayo (2006-2012) and Laboratorio Escénico de Experimentación Social (2012-2020) in Havana, she divided her practice between teaching (University of Arts of Cuba and the Escuela Internacional de Cine y Televisión) and publishing (editor-in-chief of Tablas, the only Cuban journal devoted to the performing arts).
Since her arrival in Montreal, she has taken part in the FTA Clinics (2019-2020) and worked as an associate dramaturge with LA SERRE – arts vivants (2019-2020). As a dramaturge, she has also contributed to a number of documentary theatre creations (Granma. Trombones de La Havane by Rimini Protokoll, I love Madrid and BaqueStriBois by Osikan) and is interested in the multiple ways that reality and fiction intersect.
She serves on the editorial committee of the journal Liberté, for which she is in charge of performing arts criticism.
Emmanuelle Jetté (Montreal) Moderator
FTA’s Associate Dramaturg Emmanuelle Jetté has been working closely with the Festival for the past four years. In 2022, she designed and coordinated the FTA Clinics project in collaboration with Yohayna Hernandez.
A master’s student in Theatre studies at the École supérieure de théâtre de l’UQAM, she is currently working on a research-creation project with a feminist approach. She is also a member of the research group PRint – Pratiques interartistiques.
Émilie Martz-Kuhn (Montreal) Guest
Playwright at LA SERRE – performing arts, teacher and researcher, Émilie Martz-Kuhn has for several years nurtured a marked interest in transmission, in all its forms, artistic accompaniment and the development of singular spaces of thought.
After obtaining her doctorate in literature, performing arts and screen (University Laval – Paris III Sorbonne Nouvelle) she joined the teaching staff of the l’École Supérieure de théâtre de l’UQÀM. In this context, she gives several courses and seminars in addition to directing research and expanding the ranks of PRINT, a research collective on contemporary interartistic practices.
Her time at the Centre des Auteurs Dramatiques (CEAD) as a dramaturgical and artistic advisor, her regular participation in the dramaturgic clinics of the Festival TransAmériques (FTA), as well as the independent collaborations she maintains with several performing artists, contribute to forging her practice as a playwright.
Sara Vanderieck (Belgium) Guest
An independent dramaturg, Sara Vanderieck obtains her degree in theater directing at the RITCS in Brussels.
After a short period as an educational assistant at the Royal Flemish Opera, she works for a few seasons as production and tour manager for TG Stan and les ballets C de la B. In 2009, she becomes Alain Platel’s artistic assistant for his creations Out of Context – for Pina and C(H)OEURS.
In 2012, she joins the artistic direction of De Grote Post, a new cultural center in Ostend. At the same time, she works as a dramaturg on various creations for Serge Aimé Coulibaly, Bára Sigfúsdóttir, Lisi Estaras, Naïf Production, Lola Bogaert, Kristien De Proost and Louise Vanneste.
In 2017, she adds yet another layer to her work: she initiates the ongoing multidisciplinary in situ research project When I Look at a Strawberry, I Think of a Tongue, a collaboration with Lisi Estaras, Mirko Banovic, Kristien De Proost and various guest artists.
Since 2018, she has been sharing her dramaturgical practice. She works with Serge Aimé Coulibaly within his research platform ANKATA in Bobo Dioulasso. She is associated dramaturge with La Bellone. She coaches and judges within PXL-Music and is a dramaturgy professor at Toneelacademie Maastricht.
When evolutions within De Grote Post lead to a fallout of the dramaturgical practice within the institution in 2021, Vanderieck focusses further on her artistic and reflective practice as an independent dramaturg.
Riccardo Fazi (Italy) Guest
Riccardo Fazi is dramaturg, sound-artist and researcher. Together with Claudia Sorace he founded Muta Imago company in Rome in 2006.
His research is oriented toward the imaginative possibilities of sound and word in relation to performance, theatre and radio; he studies the relationships between soundscapes, voice, text and sound archaeology, creating theatre and musical theatre performances, site-specific projects, and radio pieces.
Katya Montaignac (Montreal) Guest
Formed in the dance department of university Paris 8,Katya Montaignac has worked as a dancer, choreographer, dance dramaturg.
She has, since 1998, created “unidentified dancing objects” and has regularly overseen the artistic direction of projects for La 2e Porte à Gauche since 2007 (Blind date ; le pARTy ; Danse à 10 ; Rendez-vous à l’hôtel ; Pluton, ATTABLER). She collaborates as dramaturge with different choreographers (Frédérick Gravel, Marie Béland, Milan Gervais, Nicolas Cantin, Karine Ledoyen…) and for the physical theatre company Chaliwaté (Belgium).
She completed the doctoral program in the study and practice of the arts at UQAM, teaches dance aesthetics, and writes for various journals (Jeu, Esse, Apparté, Canadian Theater Review…). She was dance curator for 7 years at the offta Festival. She wrote a book about Josephine Baker and contributed to books on the company Danse-Cité and about FTA. She created with Sophie Corriveau the event (Not) All of us are Dancers.