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Come celebrate the opening of our long-awaited 16th edition—an occasion for reconnecting and sharing wonderful experiences with each other again.
Re:Incarnation is an ode to the richness of Nigerian culture—it brings to life the cycle of birth, death and rebirth, and celebrates Africa’s powers of reinvention in a show that draws on Afrobeats, Afro dances and black aesthetics.
Queer Bodies – A Living Force
Costumed or naked living models stand motionless or strike a series of poses in a welcoming atmosphere.
Élyanne Coursol-Dion (Queer Bodies Montreal)
People sitting in a giant aquarium in the heart of the city. They are subjected to cyclical flooding. An extraordinary visual and visceral experience, Holoscenes questions our ability to respond to chaos.
Presiding over a captivating techno-shamanist ceremony and eco-feminist fable, Gabriela Carneiro da Cunha celebrates the life of Brazil’s Xingu River with a concert of deeply resonant voices, sounds, and images.
La plus secrète mémoire des hommes
Two towering voices of Burkinabe theatre bring to life La plus secrète mémoire des hommes, a literary high-wire act by Senegalese novelist Mohamed Mbougar Sarr.
Aristide Tarnagda (Ouagadougou)
Odile Sankara (Ouagadougou)
Tales of the Dramaturges
Six dramaturges will meet with Montreal artists and their work processes through one-on-one dialogue.
Riccardo Fazi (Italy)
Noel Bonilla Chongo (Cuba)
A Conversation with Lars Jan
In the company of Découverte journalist Binh An Vu Van, Jan will share his environmental concerns and discuss the new knowledge that has enhanced his work Holoscenes.
Binh An Vu Van (Montreal)
The St. Lawrence: Protecting its Lives
This event brings together artists, activists, and academics to discuss protecting the St. Lawrence River and its ecosystems.
Yenny Vega Cárdenas (Montreal)
Geneviève Dupéré (Montreal)
River stories from a Kanien’kehá:ka perspective
Sharing an open, grateful and expansive spirit with humans and non-humans alike, multidisciplinary artist Lindsay Katsitsakatste Delaronde mediates a conversation with members of her Kanien’kehá:ka community on the impacts of the St. Lawrence Seaway.
Courtney Montour (Kahnawà:ke)
Roxann Karonhiarokwas Whitebean (Kahnawà:ke)
Thinking about Eco-Friendly Costumes
Drawing on their informative experiences, artists from various backgrounds propose actions to change our modes of consumption and create differently.
Ivanie Aubin-Malo (Montreal)
Marilène Bastien (Montreal)
Le virus et la proie
In this piece addressed directly to a politician, writer and intellectual Pierre Lefebvre highlights all the social diseases that undermine the equality of opportunities in our neoliberal world.
Benoît Vermeulen (Montreal)
Thinking Together: The FTA Clinics Community
The FTA Clinics are back for a seventh edition! A special opening in the Festival, this “unproductive” space/time is devoted to activities that support the local artistic community.
Yohayna Hernandez (Montreal)
Emmanuelle Jetté (Montreal)
Les jolies choses
With her ripened artistic language, Catherine Gaudet surrounds herself with her loyal collaborators to explore the false pretenses of the show business apparatus.
High Bed Lower Castle
Motivated by the mad dream of making concrete all that is not, Ellen Furey and Malik Nashad Sharpe get very playful—with a touch of mischief.
Malik Nashad Sharpe (London)
Filled with infectious joy, the male quintet of L’homme rare, as orchestrated by the fiercely humane Nadia Beugré, takes delight in challenging a certain vision of the world.
Malaise dans la civilisation
Alix Dufresne and Étienne Lepage shake up social and theatrical conventions, and allow us to observe complex, fascinating beings who transform the empty space of the stage into a universe filled with possibilities.
Étienne Lepage (Montreal)
Felwine Sarr: Expanding the Geography of Knowledge
One of the great thinkers of our time, Senegal’s Felwine Sarr moves among various fields: economics, philosophy, literature, and music.
Stéphane Martelly (Montreal)
FTA + OFFTA Purple Rain Night
Come twirl to Prince’s greatest hits and celebrate this beautiful flood of artistic projects!
Empress Cissy Low (DJ)
Save the last dance for me
A partner dance for two men, Save the last dance for me revives the traditional polka chinata in a touching, compelling performance.
Danse à la carte – TransFormation Workshop
This year’s edition features six choreographers and offers a plunge into their approach to dance creation.
Mélanie Demers (Confession publique)
Catherine Gaudet (Les jolies choses)
A Dance in Danger of Extinction!
Help save the polka chinata! Dancers Gianmaria Borzillo and Giovanfrancesco Giannini will introduce you to this traditional dance from the Bologna region.
Giovanfrancesco Giannini (Italy)
Propelled by a wind turbine, strange creatures led by the fabulous Euripides Laskaridis take the spectator into a burlesque tale where chaos reigns supreme.
Playful and thunderous, Lavagem addresses racial issues through the ritual of washing. A poetic and political performance with wild contagious energy.
Documentary Theatre Workshop
In her documentary theatre, Adeline Rosenstein focuses on representations of anti-colonial struggles.
First Peoples and their Living Voices
Linguists predict that between 50 and 90% of the world’s roughly 7,000 languages will have disappeared until the end of the century, and Indigenous languages are the most endangered. A talk by Barbara Filion (UNESCO).
Zoe Compton (Montreal )
Creating in Anishinaabemowin, Innu-aimun, and Inuktitut
Three artists from theatre, music, and the visual arts share their thoughts on the languages they use in creating their works.
Natasha Kanapé Fontaine (Montréal)
Emily Johnson: Umyuangvigkaq
Intent on working toward new, equitable structures, choreographer Emily Johnson seeks a path of self-determination for Indigenous artists.
Karyn Recollet (Toronto)
In My Basement
“In my basement I listen to France Gall, Robert Charlebois, the Rolling Stones… and Madonna, too. Come dance with me. You’ll be my mirror ball.”
Benoît Landry (DJ)
Make Banana Cry
A tidal wave of body politics prepared to make the Western gaze quiver sweeps over a subversive runway led by Andrew Tay and Stephen Thompson.
Stephen Thompson (Nice)
La conquête du béluga
At dawn or at sunset, political discourse is transformed into a historical, poetic epic about belugas, a poignant reflection on our connection to living things.
Théâtre À tour de rôle (Carleton-sur-Mer)
The History of Korean Western Theatre
Following the irresistible Cuckoo, Jaha Koo probes in this piece the shadows of childhood and the blind spots of history to create from the ruins of the past a form of theatre that responds to the present.
Traces – Discours aux Nations Africaines
A man, with the dignity and power engendered by revelations, declares how Africa will emancipate itself to become the origin and engine of a more humane future world.
Étienne Minoungou (Brussels + Ouagadougou)
Dans le ventre de la baleine
Maryse Goudreau’s sonic and tactile work, Dans le ventre de la baleine, grants entry to a unique world, one spectator at a time.
In a relaxed atmosphere, focaccia in hand, come and discuss the question of engaging with communities, which is more essential than ever in the cultural sector
Ludovic Delrieux (FTA)
Amy Blackmore (Théâtre MainLine/Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal)
Producing Art in Latin America
Between the walls of these residence sites, festivals, and cultural centres, artists are rethinking their practices in response to the realities of their communities and professionals are developing different ways to engage them in dialogue.
Maria José Cifuentes (Nave, Santiago de Chile)
Diana Collazos (elgalpon.espacio, Lima)
With Them Voices, Lara Kramer excavates a world where stories come together to assess the consequences of our actions on future generations.
In this first draft, co-authored with Vinnie Karetak, the prodigious Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory address the forced displacements that uprooted their ancestors and colour their collective memory.
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory (Iqaluit)
Linda Brunelle. A Portrait
This extraordinary creator will talk about her career with archival materials, excerpts from shows, and testimonials from her collaborators.
Cédric Delorme-Bouchard (Montreal)
Danses à venir: Performative Launch
Written by Catherine Lavoie-Marcus and Michel F. Côté and designed by graphic artist Frédérique Gagnon, Danses à venir is a collection of 161 proposed dances that speculates about the art of choreography and invents its future with no concern for feasibility.
Catherine Lavoie-Marcus (Montréal)
Face to Face
A poem about communication and the countless pathways taken by our bodies to express ourselves, Face to Face draws inspiration from body language to create a gentle yet profoundly intense duet.
Waking the Body
To start off the day, the Festival opens with an activity to waken the body and mind: yoga, dance, or meditation.
M’appelle Mohamed Ali
This political work by Dieudonné Niangouna links Africa to America through the fists of Muhamad Ali. Théâtre de La Sentinelle offers an oratorio for dignity to nine Afrodescendant performers.
Tatiana Zinga Botao (Montreal)
Philippe Racine (Montreal)
A lively, inclusive analysis of our collective memory of resistance movements and the means appropriated by History to separate the treasonous from the righteous.
Angélique Willkie, on whom Mélanie Demers shines a light, offers up her mysteries, beautiful and ugly, with tremendous strength and just as much vulnerability.
Adventures can be found anywhere, même dans la répétition
A group of artists apply themselves to the task of rewriting the journals and notebooks of the U.S author and activist Susan Sontag in this free performance-installation. A vibrant and mischievous declaration of love to literature.
Audience, Get Warmed Up!
Apparently, moving your body before the show will make you more receptive to seeing it, so an hour before the performance, artists will lead a physical warm-up.
Étienne Minoungou (Traces - Discours aux Nations Africaines)
Adeline Rosenstein (Laboratoire poison)
A great team of DJs with diverse musical backgrounds make the Festival Bar come alive. Get ready—things will heat up!
Two party spaces, two distinct atmospheres. The electrifying Andrew Tay followed by Rhythm & Hues in the main hall and guilty pleasures by Fruit défendu in the smaller space.
Andrew Tay (DJ)
Fruit défendu (DJ)