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 créateurs et critiques des arts de la scène takes place over a 9-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.



The Rencontres internationales will unfortunately not take place in 2021. There will not be a call for participants this year.



+ 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 9 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

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



Jeanne-Renée D. Lorrain
Audience development coordinator

514 842 0704 + 26
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