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Come and celebrate the opening of this long-awaited 17th edition—with voices that tell unheard stories, sounds that mobilize and wonderful experiences to share with each other.
Rhythm & Hues
Vástádus eana – The answer is land
Born in the Arctic tundra, this polyphonic story of resistance, healing, and love pays tribute to all those who fight injustice.
Elle Sofe Sara
What exactly is “decolonial love”—a love of the self and the other with revolutionary potential?
Véronik Picard + Carole Karemera + Émilie Monnet + Amel Zaazaa
Reasserting the power of collective action, Dana Gingras creates an explosion of sensations for us to experience: a star comes to life in the heart of downtown Montreal, accompanied by dancers and musicians.
Inspired by his Amazigh heritage, choreographer Radouan Mriziga orchestrates a radiant work in which eight performers revive our collective memory of ancient wisdom.
Katsi'tsakwas Ellen Gabriel: Where Are We Coming From? Where Are We Going?
Katsi’tsakwas Ellen Gabriel will lay the foundations of this day, linking past, present and future.
On the territory
Creating a link between Sápmi and Nunavut, Sámi choreographer Elle Sofe Sara and Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory offer a vision of land-based ecology.
Elle Sofe Sara + Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Enduring Futures: On Ecology and Justice
Gathered alongside Kama La Mackerel, an artist and educator who takes apart colonial ideas with relish, the younger generation speaks out.
Kama La Mackerel
The Écoscéno Method and Upcycling in Daily Life
Eco-design specialists Jasmine Catudal and Marianne Lavoie offer an introduction to upcycling that’s relevant to everyone.
Jasmine Catudal + Marianne Lavoie
Decolonial Ecology Day
Together with activists, artists, and thinkers, we invite you to join a conversation about ecology, land, and justice in solidarity with those fighting for them.
OFFTA x FTA: SUPER BODY
OFFTA and FTA join forces with FRGMNT and BBOYIZM for a Street Dance party that brings generations together.
Shash’U + Crazy Smooth + Boycott
Radical choreographer nora chipaumire evokes the story of Nehanda in an opera with twenty dancers, musicians and singers. A call for resistance and reparations.
Joik Performance Lecture
With the help of an expert, discover the history and technique behind joik, these powerful songs of life, which are celebrated in FTA 2023’s opening show.
Sara Marielle Gaup Beaska
Queer Bodies – Drawing Life
Queer bodies fill a bright, sheltered space located on the mezzanine of the Quartier général.
Élyanne Coursol-Dion + Manuel Shannon Shink
The Shadow Whose Prey the Hunter Becomes
A hilarious townhall meeting in which thorny questions are raised about human rights, cognitive diversity, sexual politics and the domination of artificial intelligence.
Back to Back Theatre
Screendance under the Stars
As night falls, discover a rich selection of screendance curated by Regards Hybrides.
A Revelation of Practices
Not afraid of leaving conventional definitions of dramaturgy behind, five pairs consisting of an artist and a dramaturge share their experiences, their approaches, even their secrets.
A festive procession followed by a poignant performance meant to exorcize centuries of injustice and to shine a light on Indigenous cultures. A necessary work of art.
Danièle Lévesque: A Portrait
This vivid portrait of set designer Danièle Lévesque features archival materials, clips from shows, and testimonials.
The Making of You
Guided by the power of fiction and imagination, artists Rosana Cade and Ivor MacAskill share their personal strategies in an unabashedly queer workshop.
Rosana Cade + Ivor MacAskil
Travelling, Collaborating, Surviving: Theatre and the Climate Catastrophe
This multigenerational discussion highlights practical and inspiring courses of action for creating and touring works internationally.
Oona Doherty, the brilliant choreographer from Belfast, is shaking up the world of contemporary dance with her visceral honesty and her works haunted by Northern Ireland’s past. A furiously vital dance.
Lay Hold to the Softest Throat
Lay Hold to the Softest Throat is an invitation into a vibrating space that is both soft and rough; it sings, dances, plays, and swings from the spiritual to the frivolous.
Gisèle Vienne and Puppetry Arts
Gisèle Vienne will discuss her work with the Popular University of Puppetry Arts.
Our dramaturges are there to listen. During a walk, around a table, with a coffee, a conversation to address creation head on.
Gather In, Speculative Architecture of the Overflow
Emily Johnson, Yup’ik artist and activist, will exchange with long time collaborators Bolivian-Indige/American artist IV Castellanos and scholar Joseph M. Pierce, citizen of the Cherokee Nation.
Come dance and party on Fridays at FTA!
Je suis TBA + PØPTRT / Empress Cissy Low + Mansa
Unsettling, uncompromising, and subversive, this short play combines the personal and the political through a teenager’s rebellion against family and society.
Cispersonnages en quête d'auteurice
The company Joe Jack & John never resists the temptation to gum up our collective works. Its latest opus is a pitch-black comedy featuring a group of actors who explore the boundaries of their creative freedom.
William Shakespeare’s As You Like It, A Radical Retelling by Cliff Cardinal
Cliff Cardinal takes over the Forest of Arden, allowing long-ignored voices to be heard. An invitation for each of us to consider reconciliation from within the very cells of our bodies.
Adèle Haenel and the Anniversaries of #metoo
A courageous recollection of the #metoo movement by Adèle Haenel, followed by an epilogue from the antiracist activist and commissioner Bochra Manaï.
Travelling the World of Dreams: A Workshop for Children Aged 6+
Accompanied by a workshop facilitator, participants are invited to shape their dreams with their own hands. Get ready for arts, crafts… and magic!
Lots of Love Party
Lots of Love (LOL) puts together an evening of outdoor site-specific performances that will make you dance and feel all the feelings.
DJ Andrew Tay
In My Body
Choreographer Crazy Smooth brings together nine amazing breakdancers aged 24 to 58 in a manifesto of movement: how to go beyond.
La chambre des enfants
In an open, luminous room, the dreams of children take on shape and colour, leading you on a voyage through oneiric landscapes that will stay with you forever!
Anne-Marie Ouellet + Thomas Sinou + Nancy Bussières
A true immersion in the world of theatre company L’eau du bain, offering a vertiginous and sensory theatrical world, dream-like and disorienting.
Nancy Bussières + Anne-Marie Ouellet + Thomas Sinou +
A mesmerizing piece of documentary theatre, i/O ponders our collective capacity to take up new possibilities, invent other futures, and rethink the fact that we are finite.
The Beach and Other Stories
For Maria Kefirova, images are rivers of meaning. The Beach and Other Stories is a solo piece on photographic infiltration that seeks to give shape to our imaginary worlds.
Dana Michel presents MIKE, an epic work about work culture. From the margins comes a silent rebellion, taking its time and yours, utopianly yours.
Tableau final de l'amour
A scenic adaptation of Larry Tremblay’s passionate novel, between agony and ecstasy, based on the life and work of Francis Bacon.
Angela Konrad + Larry Tremblay
Work in progress: Nigamon/Tunai
Artists and activists Émilie Monnet and Waira Nina Jacanamijoy have been collaborating for almost ten years on solidarity-based exchanges between their respective Anishinaabeg and Inga.
Émilie Monnet + Waira Nina Jacanamijoy
A Conversation with Lia Rodrigues
The Brazilian choreographer Lia Rodrigues will discuss the forms, aesthetics, and imaginary worlds that define her work.
Street Dance Generations
Prodigious Inuk artist Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory and her collaborator Vinnie Karetak, an iconic actor from Nunavut tackles the forced displacements that shaped the lives of their ancestors and their collective memory.
Vinnie Karetak + Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
Malicho Vaca Valenzuela, an artist belonging to the rising Chilean generation, delves into the bowels of the Internet in a compelling and immersive experience that is part fairy tale, part documentary.
Malicho Vaca Valenzuela
Yellow Towel: 10th Anniversary… and a Book!
A book launch, with cake and bubbles!
In this ode to matriarchal relationships, Sarah Vanhee stages an intimate conversation, both necessary and celebratory, to liberate our grandmothers from the burden of invisible toil.
An eye-opening experience taking you inside the worlds of three artists.
Oona Doherty + Crazy Smooth + Lia Rodrigues
Creative Technical Direction
A trio of technical directors kick off this afternoon session by describing their contributions to the creative process.
Claudie Gagnon + Rebecca Brouillard + Victor Lamontagne + Jérémi Guilbault-Asselin
The legendary Lia Rodrigues choreographs a captivating manifesto delivered by 11 performers turned into encantados—or magical spirits—in an outpouring of beauty and emotion.
The Making of Pinocchio
Moving between personal testimony and formal experimentation, The Making of Pinocchio draws us into a magical experience of the world in a tale of love and transition.
Rosana Cade + Ivor MacAskill
A fundamental work of the last decade in New York, the mythical Bronx Gothic is revived by Wanjiru Kamuyu – a razor-sharp and trailblazing solo performance about a black girl’s life in the Bronx.
Waking the Body
We offer dancing and stretching exercises in a joyful environment.
Ellen Furey + Crazy Smooth + Katie Ward
The Festival is over, but it’s only a goodbye!
Rhythm & Hues + Tupi Collective + h1bou + Fruit défendu
All FTA 2023 parties at our QG!