Conversations on Performance

The call for applications for Conversations on Performance 2024 closed on December 6, 2023.

Une version similaire de ce programme existe pour les artistes et les critiques francophones. Informez-vous sur les Rencontres internationales ici.


Open call for Theatre/Dance Artists and Critics in the Performing Arts (25-35 Years Old)

+ Theatre and dance artists: directors, playwrights, choreographers, performers, designers and anyone with a performing arts practice

+ Critics: dance and theatre critics, specialized journalists, or academics enrolled in a graduate program interested in contemporary performing arts practices

Conversations on Performance is an international 7-day seminar taking place from May 25 to 31, 2024 as part of the 18th edition of Festival TransAmériques (May 22 to June 6, 2024).

Gathering around twenty emerging professional artists and critics aged 25 to 35, from Quebec, Canada and abroad, Conversations on Performance takes the form of a seminar held in English and includes workshops and conversations with the Festival’s artists and the wider arts community in Montreal / Tio’tia:ke. Participants are encouraged to expand their ideas about contemporary theatre and dance, to share their experiences with different artistic realities and their critical thinking. A cultural mediator will follow the group throughout the project.


Encouraging emerging artistic practices by circulating ideas and intermingling disciplines and diverse creative contexts;

Enriching the professional and artistic approach of participants by giving them the opportunity to discover other artists’ practices and attend contemporary dance and theatre performances from Quebec and abroad;

Stimulating conversations and exchange with other artists and critics.

Eligibility Criteria

At least two years of professional experience as a theatre or dance artist, or a critic in the performing arts

+ Good spoken English

+ Being within the age range of 25-35


+ Attending a selection of FTA shows

Discussions and critical analysis related to the shows

Conversations with FTA artists

Workshops and round tables with guest critics and artists

Conversations on Performance is a demanding seminar that runs on  an intense daily schedule. Participants must commit to the entirety of the programme.

Practical Information

Cost of the seminar

$290 CAD / participant


+ The tickets to the FTA shows included in the schedule as well as a promotional rate on additional optional shows

+ 7 days of activities with a professional mediator

Not included:

+ Meals

+ International transportation (if applicable)

+ Local transportation

+ Personal expenses

+ Accommodation*

+ Tickets for optional shows **



* Special rate available at university residence
** Optional shows may not be in conflict with seminar schedule.


If you are selected, it is your responsibility to secure the funding necessary for taking part in the programme. FTA will provide an official letter of acceptance to help in your search for funding.

You can find here a directory of resources that might support your application. We continually work on developing partnerships tp ease the participants’ financial commitment. 

Application Process

Please provide:

+ A motivation letter (one page) presenting relevant professional experience. The letter must answer the following questions:

  • What is your motivation to participate in Conversations on Performance?
  • What will you bring to the program, and how will you benefit from it?
  • How is your work influenced by the privileges you have or by the artistic, social or political issues you want bring forward?

+ Resume – please include your age


Please submit your application until December 6, 2023 to In specific cases, it is possible to submit your application on the phone or by video. Please contact us to discuss modalities.

Participants will be selected by December 15, 2023.Only those selected will be contacted.


Can I present my own artistic work to the other participants during the programme?

The seminar is not designed as a platform for participants’ performances. Any appointments you wish to make during your stay in Montreal in addition to the planned programme must be made outside the seminar schedule.


I speak both French and English. Which programme should I apply for?

We suggest that you apply in the language with which you are most comfortable. You may also want to consider the exact dates of the seminar and the possibility of financial support from LOJIQ for the French-speaking programme to make a decision.


Where can I find information on funding for travel and accommodation costs?

A list of confirmed and potential financial support resources is available here. If you are applying from Canada or France, please consult the LOJIQ and OFQJ platforms.


Why do participants from certain countries or regions receive extra funding while others don’t?

Within Quebec, LOJIQ prioritises the participation of people living outside Montreal/Tio’tia:ke. They have to abide by certain rules regarding support for Francophones from the rest of the world; for example, they are not allowed to support participants from a country where Canada considers the level of safety to be too low. We are working to develop more equitable partnerships for international mobility.


Can FTA help me with my visa application?

Yes, FTA will send you a letter of invitation to support your application for a Canadian visa. Each selected candidate is responsible for submitting his or her visa application, for following up on it and for informing FTA as soon as it is submitted. FTA will provide support and may even be able to resolve certain issues.


What happens if I don’t receive my visa in time for the programme?

Your participation will be postponed to the following year, and the participation fee will be refunded in its entirety.


I may not be available full-time for the whole length of the programme. Can I participate anyway?

No. Participation in the seminar requires candidates to be available for the whole length of the programme.


I don’t feel at ease in group discussions and I don’t like to follow a fixed schedule. Is this programme going to work for me?

No. The programme’s objectives of making your voice heard and listening to others’ voices can only be achieved if all participants follow the planned activities. However, if you have accessibility needs, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate them.


Terms for international support

All applicants from countries not listed below need to submit their application directly to



For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please consult the Goethe-Institut Montréal website.


Caroline Gagnon
Coordinator of the Cultural Program
Goethe-Institut Montréal
514 499 0159 + 107


Thank you to the participants of Conversations on Performance 2023!

Ashleigh Musk

Celia Green – Ontario
Hoor Malas – Quebec
Norah Paton – Yukon
Robert J Azevedo – Newfoundland
Sarah Finn – British-Columbia + New York
Shervin Zarkalam – British-Columbia
Tia Ashley Kushniruk – Alberta

Venetsiana Kalampaliki

Shawn Kanda Farrell

Bibata Ibrahim Maiga

Michael Sengazi



+ Goethe-Institut Montréal

+ The Saison Foundation, Tokyo


Information and questions

Laeticia Philantrope (She/Her)
Mediation and Audience Outreach Coordinator
Ophélie Gemme (She/Her)
Mediation and Audience Outreach Assistant
514 842 0704 + 26


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