In September 2020, the Festival launched FTA Breathing Space to respond to an obvious need in the performing arts community, which has been acutely affected by the pandemic. By granting financial support with no production or distribution requirements to 42 creators, the FTA wished to make an even deeper commitment to the dance and theatre communities.
The principal focus of FTA Breathing Space is the creative process. They offer a space for artistic research and development, along with time to oneself, which FTA’s Assistant Dramaturge Emmanuelle Jetté has discreetly documented. Through a series of short texts, she outlines these projects below, which remain little-known to the public.
Lucy M. May, Amanda Acorn and Catherine Lavoie-Marcus question the manner in which we inhabit our bodies, both individual and social, and the way we take care of them.
Anne-Marie Guilmaine, Marilou Craft and Sophie Gee have taken the path of writing to explore their own theatrical practices.
It is hard to believe that we will soon find ourselves on the same dance floor. Yet the projects of Parker Mah and Elle Barbara dare to defy reality.