International Rendezvous for Young Performing Arts Professionals and Critics

The call for applications for this seminar, which took place from May 29 to June 8, 2023, closed on January 30, 2023.

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

 

Seeking: Theatre and Dance Artists and Critics in the Performing Arts Aged 25 to 35 Years Old

+ Young theatre and dance artists: directors, playwrights, choreographers, actors, performers, designers and anyone 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 2023 delegation includes artists and critics from international Francophonie and from Germany, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Spain, France, Haïti, Mexico, Morocco, Sénégal and Canada.


Objectives

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

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

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


Festival TransAmériques

One of North America’s most distinctive performing arts festivals, 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: it provides essential support to artists by presenting and co-producing contemporary theatre and dance. Featuring shows from all over the world, FTA mirrors political and social movements of our era, as echoed in works of art that reinterpret the world we live in, that shed a new light on our times.


Partners

+ Embassy of Spain in Ottawa

+ Les Offices jeunesse internationaux du Québec

+ L’Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse

+ Institut français

+ Festival Quatre chemins – Port-au-Prince

+ Fondation LOJIQ

+ Fundación Williams


Eligibility criteria

Good spoken French

+ Age range between 25 and 35

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

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. 


Activities

+ A selection of FTA shows

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

In-depth conversations with FTA artists

Workshops and round tables with Montreal / Tio’tia:ke based critics and artists

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.


Practical Information

Cost of the seminar

$290 CAD / participant

Included:

+ 8 FTA shows

+ 11 days of activities with a professional mediator including a minimum of:

  • 4 discussions with programmed artists;
  • 18 hours of review-and-critique periods;
  • 1 workshop with programmed artists;
  • Opening cocktail with other young professionals;
  • Welcome dinner;
  • End-of-seminar brunch.

Not Included:

+ Daily meals

+ International transportation (if applicable)

+ Local transportation 

+ Personal expenses

+ Accommodation*

+ Tickets for shows outside of the seminar’s schedule

 

* Special rate available at university residences.

Financing

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

For Quebec and Canada residents: if you live in the Montreal / Tio’tia:ke area or outside Quebec province, please contact us for more information on funding opportunities.

For international applicants: see the list of our international partners below to identify the partner you can apply through, or apply directly at FTA by sending us your application.

Application Process

Every submission requires the following:

+ Cover letter (1 page) providing answers to 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 informed by the privileges you have or by the artistic, social or political issues you want bring forward?

+ Resume – please include your age

 

For Quebec and Canada applicants who are not eligible to LOGIQ program (see below), please submit your files at the latest on January 30 to [email protected] and indicate Rencontres internationales Application in your email title.

For international applicants: see the list of our international partners below to identify the partner you can apply through, or apply directly at FTA by sending us your application.

In specific cases, it is possible to submit your application orally or by video. Please write to [email protected] to discuss modalities.

The selection will be made by February 17, 2023. Only those selected will be contacted.

 

Support for applicants living in Quebec province, at more than 100 km from Montreal / Tio’tia:ke 

Quebecers candidates 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.

Indigenous Quebecers candidates living in Quebec province at more than 100 km from Montreal / Tio’tia:ke are eligible to a financial support from LOJIQ and must apply to the Rencontres Internationales via LOJIQ’s registration platform.

 

CONTACT

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


Terms for international support

All applicants from countries not listed below need to submit their application directly to [email protected].

 

Germany

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

CONTACT

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

Belgium

Please submit your application at the latest on January 30 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.

Contact

Ariane Salas
Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse
+33 (0)1 49 33 28 58
[email protected]

Haïti

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

Contact

Daphné Ménard
Festival Quatre Chemins
509 4748-5149
[email protected]

Morocco + Mexico + Sénégal

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

contact

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

Call for application | Morocco (French only)

Call for application | Mexico (SPANISH only)

Call for application | Sénégal (FRENCH only)

 

Thank you to the participants of Rencontres Internationales 2023!

Argentina
Julieta Koop

Belgium
Agathe Yamina Meziani

Ivory Coast
Hortence N’Da Éloi

Canada
Siona Gareau-Brennan
Anne-Laure Koop
Guillaume Saindon>
Cha Raoutenfeld
Flavie Lemée
André Abat-Roy
Lorie Ganley
Justine Bellefeuille
Laurie Carrier

Spain
Victoria Aime

France
Cécile Mourier
Marion Guilloux
Diane Jacquier
Mathilde Delahaye 

Italy
Edoardo Lazzari

Morocco
Moad Haddadi

Mexico
Aranzazu Becerra Michel

Senegal
Joseph Samuel Malack


 

Contact

Laeticia Philantrope (She/Her)
Mediation and Audience Outreach Coordinator
514 842 0704 + 26
[email protected]

 

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