International Rendezvous for Young Performing Arts Professionals and Critics

Due to the current context, the International Rendezvous 2020 unfortunately had to be cancelled.

Young Dance & Theatre Professionals and Critics aged from 25 to 35

+ Young creators: directors, playwrights, choreographers, actors, performers or any other candidate with a performing arts practice

+ Young critics: performing arts critics, specialized journalists or academics enrolled in a graduate program focused on contemporary art practices


Sharing Expertise and Discussing Performing Arts

Bringing together some 20 young professionals aged 25 to 35, performing artists as well as critics, the Rencontres internationales de jeunes créateurs et critiques des arts de la scène takes place over an 11-day period. Participants will engage in exchange and dialogue, expanding their thinking and their approaches to contemporary theatre and dance, confronting artistic reality, developing a critical eye and sharing their experiences and expertise with their peers.

A veritable laboratory for ideas, explorations and Festival experiences, it is a rich stimulus for fruitful artistic collaborations and long-lasting friendships. During this French-language seminar, young professionals from different artistic disciplines will discuss and compare various approaches to contemporary art, confronting their own, often radically different, artistic realities. The clash of ideas along with the shared experience of attending performances are the catalysts of the Rendezvous.

The 2020 delegation will bring together artists and critics from an African country, Canada, France, Germany, Haiti, Italy, Mexico, Quebec, Spain, Switzerland and Wallonia-Brussels.

We no longer accept candidates for the 2020 edition. The call for applications for the 2021 edition will open in November 2020.


+ Encourage the development of emerging artistic practices by circulating ideas and intermingling disciplines and diverse creative contexts;

+ Enrich the professional and artistic approach of participants by discovering the work of other artists, as well as contemporary dance and theatre performances from Canada and elsewhere;

+ Stimulate contact with other artists and critics, and the sharing of ideas.


+ Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec

+ Pro Helvetia, Fondation suisse pour la culture

+ L’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ)

+ Goethe-Institut Montréal

+ Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal

+ Festival Quatre chemins – Port-au-Prince

+ Productions Menuentakuan

+ Embassy of Spain in Ottawa

The Festival TransAmériques

The biggest performing arts festival in North America, the Festival TransAmériques is a driving force for the promotion of contemporary theatre and dance. The FTA delves deep into artistic disciplines, probing their limits in its quest for bold, outstanding artistic voices.

Eligibility criteria

Have good spoken French

Be between 25 and 35

At least two years’ experience as a young dance, performance art or theatre professional

Special attention will be given to candidates who have demonstrated over the course of their short careers a desire to reflect in depth about their chosen art form and to further advance that particular discipline.

Program activities

From 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. during 11 days

See at least 8 FTA shows

Discuss FTA shows and related topics with an emphasis on critical analysis

In-depth discussions with FTA artists

Workshops and round tables with Montreal based critics and artists

A selection of optional shows outside of the FTA’s program

The Rencontres Internationales are designed as an intensive seminar, involving a busy daily schedule, high availability and a real commitment of the candidates during their stay at the FTA.

2019 program 2019 schedule


Participants from Quebec, French Canada

REGISTRATION FEES: $ 260 / participant

Including 8 FTA shows and 11 days of activities, with a professional mediator

Not covered by the Festival :

  • Meals
  • Transportation
  • Personal expenses
  • Lodging (A special rate is available at universitary residences)
  • Tickets for shows not included in the Festival’s programme

Every submission requires:

  • 1 page cover letter
  • Resume
  • Photocopy of your identity card (at the photo page)

The cover letter should focus on your professionnal experience and clearly state your objectives as a potential candidate.

Submit your files at the latest on January 24 to

The selection process should be done prior to February 14, 2020. Only selected candidates will be contacted.

Jeanne-Renée D. Lorrain | Project Manager
514 842 0704 poste 26

Candidates living in Quebec more than 100 km from Montreal and Inuit and First Nations candidates who are Quebec residents but live 100 km or more from Montreal are eligible for a travel grant offered by LOJIQ and must apply to the Rencontres Internationales directly on the LOJIQ platforms.

Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec
514 873 4255 x 245

Participants from Belgium

Please submit your application at the latest on January 20 to

If selected, a potential participant will have to ensure the necessary financial supports for its commitment.

We recommend that you apply for Artichok, a program by Bureau International Jeunesse, for an international mobility grant:
Deadline : April 1st, 2020

Participants from France

More info to come – Please consult the OFQJ website.

Participants from Germany

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please consult the following website: 

Caroline Gagnon
Coordinator of the Cultural program
514 499 0159 x 107 / 514 499 0919

Participants from Italy

For all details concerning registration fees and submission for financial support, please contact the Instituto Italiano di Cultura di Montréal.

Laura Molé
Program Coordinator
514 849 3473

Participants from Mexico

For all details concerning registration fees and submission for financial support, please consult the call for applications and contact Selwa Abou-el-aazm. When you do so, include “Rencontres internationales” and your country of residence in the subject of your email.

Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec
514 873 4255 x 245

Participants from Spain

Please submit your application (resume + cover letter) to

If selected, financial support from the Embassy of Spain in Ottawa will be allocated. For any question, please contact

Participants from Switzerland

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please consult the following website:

Anne Maurer
French theatre Manager
+ 41 44 267 71 90


Testimonials from participants

“For me it was a very unique experience, learning all sorts of new things and realizing that beyond cultural differences, art takes place in a forum that challenges common references… Moreover, the city of Montreal, already recognized ’internationally for its music festivals, is certainly the most representative theatre and dance showcase in North America, and is slowly taking its place alongside the major festivals in Avignon and Edinburgh. This project will have a long-term impact in terms of my artistic development.” Cynthia Becker, Curitiba

“This project brought together a group of artists from around the world. It allowed me to establish new contacts with others in my chosen field, and also with other theatre disciplines. I was able to discuss local working conditions with young artists of my generation, to discover the shows in the FTA program, talk with both up-and-coming and veteran theatre professionals and discover the Montreal theatre milieu. I made fantastic new contacts, met interesting young artists and had incredible group experiences.” Nils Haarmann, Berlin

“The meetings with participants were incredible! I was in a state of intellectual stimulation just seeing so many shows. The Montreal theatre people that we met were very open. They really conveyed great energy and belief in their projects.” Eve-Chems De Brouwer, Paris

“Meeting so many interesting, passionate and talented people (both critics and artists) was unquestionably a positive element. And of course, the shows, even though not all of them impressed me, reflected the openness, curiosity and daring that are indicative of the FTA program.” Gilles Abel, Namur

 “This project exposed me to other approaches to theatre criticism, plunging me for one week into a provocative, stimulating context where it was possible to reflect on the performances and open up to new horizons.” Rodolfo Sacchettini, Florence