Rencontres internationales de jeunes créateur·rice·s et critiques des arts de la scène

The call for applications for this seminar closed on December 6, 2023.

This seminar is also available in English. Get more information on Conversations on Performance here.


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

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

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


Sharing Expertise and Discussing Performing Arts

Gathering around twenty emerging professionals aged 25 to 35, the Rencontres internationales de jeunes créateur·rice·s et critiques des arts de la scène is a 7-day seminar hosted in Montreal / Tio’tia:ke.

Participants will engage in exchange and dialogue, expanding their thinking and their approaches to contemporary theatre and dance, sharing their experience with different artistic realities and their critical thinking. A cultural mediator will follow the group throughout the project. A veritable laboratory for ideas, explorations and Festival experiences, it is a rich stimulus for fruitful artistic collaborations and long-lasting friendships.


+ 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 French

+ 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

The Rencontres Internationales 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.

A directory of resources that might support your application is available here. We continually work on developing partnerships to 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 Rencontres internationales?
  • 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. The selection will be made by December 15, 2023. Only those selected will be contacted.

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

For Quebec and Canada applicants who are not eligible to the LOJIQ program (see below), please submit your application directly to

Applicants living in Quebec province, at more than 100 km from Montreal / Tio’tia:ke are eligible for a travel grant offered by LOJIQ and must apply to the Rencontres Internationales via LOJIQ’s registration platform.


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


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


To apply and to find more details concerning registration fees, visit the OFQJ platform

OFQJ Contact

Céline Lespagnol
Cultural Cooperation Project Manager
+33 (0)1 49 33 28 58


For all details concerning registration fees and submissions, please contact Festival Quatre Chemins


Daphné Ménard
Festival Quatre Chemins
509 4748-5149

Morocco + Mexico + Sénégal

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


Selwa Abou-el-aazm
Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec (LOJIQ)
514 873-4255 + 245


Thank you to the participants of Rencontres internationales!

Raïssa Alingabo-Yowali M’Bilo

Anaïs Pellin – British-Columbia
Ariana Pirela-Sanchez – Quebec
Émilie Camiré-Pecek – Ontario
Jad Orphée – Quebec
Marie-Chantale Béland – Quebec

Solange Muneme Makuwa

Paul-Alexandre Fortini

Julia Roche
Renaud Semper
Fatou Malsert

Julia B.Laperrière

Miraklin André

Assitan Tangara

Hamza Boulaiz

Oswaldo Gomez Mendez




+ Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec

+ L’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse



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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