Montreal, February 8, 2016 – The artistic director of the FTA Martin Faucher announced today five shows that will captivate audiences during the 10th edition of the Festival TransAmériques, which will take place from May 26 to June 8, 2016. While the news that Italian director Romeo Castellucci will be returning with Go Down, Moses has been known since December, four other outstanding shows will delight dance and theatre fans this spring: Une île flottante / Das Weisse vom Ei by Christoph Marthaler, Mille batailles by Louise Lecavalier, L’autre hiver by Normand Chaurette, Stéphanie Jasmin, Denis Marleau and Dominique Pauwels, and Gala by Jérôme Bel. A rendezvous with great contemporary masters of the performing arts!
Hilarious, Scathing, Amazing
The Festival gets underway with a piece by one of the leading lights of European theatre, the Swiss director Christoph Marthaler, whose brilliant, refined staging was seen only once before in Montreal some 20 years ago. He is back at the FTA with Une île flottante / Das Weisse vom Ei, an admirably off- beat bit of vaudeville based on a farce by Eugène Labiche. A sweet confection with a sting.
Impulsive, Quirky, Highly Physical
After the acclaimed So Blue made its début at the FTA in 2013 and went on to tour some 15 countries, the choreographer and singular dancer Louise Lecavalier has again stepped through the looking glass with the extraordinary and compelling quest entitled Mille batailles, making its North American première at the Festival. She transforms the stage into a ring and plunges into nine rounds of imaginary combat with the dancer Robert Abubo.
Entrancing, Surreal, Innovative
He is the artist most often invited to the FTA; impossible not to invite him for this anniversary edition. Denis Marleau and his accomplice Stéphanie Jasmin, the lyricist Normand Chaurette and the Flemish composer Dominique Pauwels have concocted the musical piece L’autre hiver, a phantasmagorical opera that brings together the mythical lovers Verlaine and Rimbaud. A theatrical poem where the incredible becomes possible.
Profoundly Radical, Profoundly Entertaining
For the closing performance, the FTA is inviting for the first time the unclassifiable French choreographer Jérôme Bel. With his unique, unifying Gala featuring 18 amateurs and professionals sharing the stage, he once again subverts the conventions of dance.
Touching, Fascinating, Enigmatic
As mentioned, the festival opens with Romeo Castellucci shaking up theatrical reality with the powerful Go Down, Moses. The FTA has welcomed this great artist on four previous occasions, and this time he presents a work imbued with the sacred, a piece that confronts harsh reality and bewildering myths.
Tickets now on sale. Discount packages on sale as of March 22.
Individual tickets to these five shows go on sale today online, by phone, at La Vitrine or directly at the box office of the performance venues. Ticket packages for 4, 8 and 12 shows will go on sale when the complete 2016 program is unveiled on March 22, 2016.