International Rendezvous for Young Performing Arts Professionals and Critics

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 créateur·e·s et critiques des arts de la scène takes place over a 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 2022 delegation includes artists and critics from the Francophonie (France and Quebec) and from Germany, Marocco, Mexico and Canada.

 


Objectives

+ 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.


Partners

+ Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec

+ L’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse

+ Goethe-Institut Montréal

+ Festival Quatre chemins – Port-au-Prince

+ Fondation LOJIQ


The Festival TransAmériques

The biggest performing arts festival in North America, Festival TransAmériques is a driving force for the promotion of contemporary theatre and dance. FTA delves deep into artistic disciplines, probing their limits in its quest for bold, outstanding artistic voices. Its policy is a pact with the present, i.e. to support creative artists by allowing artistic exploration, as well as presenting and co-producing contemporary theatre and dance pieces, works that reinterpret the world we live in, that shed light on our times. Featuring shows from all over the world, FTA mirrors political and social movements of our era, as echoed in striking and essential works of art.


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

+ Vaccination passport required or any governmental proof of double vaccination status

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 10 :00 a.m. to 10 :30 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 and a high availability of the candidates during their stay at FTA.

 

sample documents


Participants from Quebec and Canada

The call for applications for the 2022 Edition of the International Rendezvous for Young Performing Arts Professionals and Critics is now closed. The information below is provided for reference only. The call for applications for the 2023 Edition will be launched in December 2022.

 

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*

+ Tickets for shows not included in the Festival’s programme

* A special rate is available at universitary residences.

how to apply

Every submission requires:

+ 1 page cover letter

+ Resume, please include your age

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

Submit your files at the latest on January 24 to [email protected]

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

Candidates living more than 100 km from Montreal are eligible for a travel grant offered by LOJIQ and must apply to the Rencontres Internationales via the LOJIQ platform.

Indigenous Quebecers candidates living more than 100 km from Montreal are eligible to a financial support from LOJIQ and must apply to the Rencontres Internationales via the LOJIQ platform.

contact

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

 

Participants outside of Canada

The call for applications for the 2022 Edition of the International Rendezvous for Young Performing Arts Professionals and Critics is now closed. The information below is provided for reference only. The call for applications for the 2023 Edition will be launched in December 2022.

 

Belgium

Please submit your application at the latest on January 24 to [email protected].

We suggest programs offered by the Bureau International Jeunesse in order to support international transportation: www.lebij.be.

If selected, you will have to ensure the necessary financial supports for your commitment.

France

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please apply via the OFQJ platform.

Germany

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please consult the following website: www.goethe.de/montreal.

contact

Caroline Gagnon
Coordinator of the Cultural Program
Goethe-Institut Montréal
514 499 0159 x 107
514 499 0919
[email protected]

Morocco

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please apply via the LOJIQ platform.

Fondation LOJIQ will cover the transportation costs of one Moroccan participant.

download the pdf

contact

Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ)
514 873-4255 x 245
[email protected]

Mexico

For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please apply via the LOJIQ platform.

Fondation LOJIQ will cover the transportation costs of one Mexican participant.

download the pdf

contact

Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ)
514 873-4255 x 245
[email protected]

 


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

 


Contact

MJ Cromp (They/Them)
Mediation and Audience Outreach Assistant
514 842 0704 + 24
[email protected] fta.ca