Ready for FTA 2018?

On Tuesday, February 6 artistic director Martin Faucher will reveal the names of the dance and theatre artists who will be raising the level of excitement among spectators attending the 12th edition of the Festival TransAmériques, which will take place in Montreal from May 23 to June 7, 2018.

After his sensational presentation of Roman Tragedies at the FTA in 2010, the announcement last November that Ivo van Hove will return with Kings of War generated a lot of interest – with reason – and continues to do so. Five other shows were announced today:

TAO Dance Theater will be presenting a sacred ritual with its double bill 6 & 9. A leading figure in the contemporary avant-garde in China, the choreographer Tao Ye, just 31 years old, will launch this 12th edition with two short works performed respectively by six and nine dancers in minimalist, highly refined style. Distilling movement to its purest essence and magnifying the infinite potential of the human body, Tao Ye’s pieces reflect impressive choreographic research.

Strange hairy beasts will make their appearance this spring at Usine C. Philippe Quesne plunges the spectator into a parallel universe where seven giant moles are the focus of an intriguing theatrical proposal: La nuit des taupes. Festivalgoers appreciated this French director’s delicious absurdity in L’effet de Serge in 2010, and will once again enjoy his unique talent for creating a wordless microcosm in an underground cave that has a whiff of the prehistoric – a strange, fantastic world.

An unconventional work about time, death and memory will be offered by two of the most remarkable and respected voices in Quebec theatre: Evelyne de la Chenelière and Marie Brassard. La vie utile marks the end of an extensive writing workshop conducted by Evelyne de la Chenelière during her three-year artistic residency at ESPACE GO. After La fureur de ce que je pense, she is once again working with Marie Brassard and the actors Christine Beaulieu and Sophie Cadieux in this new piece to be presented at Théâtre ESPACE GO starting April 24, with the five final performances co-presented by the FTA.

An artistic and generational shock as only Paul-André Fortier can concoct. The 70-year-old choreographer collaborates with the feisty writer Étienne Lepage in Solo 70, the final show to be produced by his company Fortier Danse-Création. Confronted with the energy of punk guitar played live and the visual environment of Marc Séguin, Fortier’s signature style is more insistent than ever.

To close the Festival, an incredible bolt of energy. None other than the internationally acclaimed Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite will present, in conjunction with the actor, playwright and fellow Vancouverite Jonathon Young, the dance piece Betroffenheit, a powerful work that deals with post-traumatic stress. It has bowled over audiences in some thirty cities, and will conclude its international tour in Montreal.

View video excerpts of the shows:

Individual tickets now on sale
Ticket packages available as of March 20, 2018

Individual tickets to performances can now be purchased online, by telephone, at La Vitrine or directly at the box offices of the venues where shows will be presented. Packages for 4, 8 and 12 shows will go on sale during the unveiling of the complete program on March 20, 2018.


6 & 9

© Fan Xi