FESTIVAL TRANSAMÉRIQUES — 6th EDITION
(M)IMOSACECILIA BENGOLEA + FRANÇOIS CHAIGNAUD + TRAJAL HARRELL + MARLENE MONTEIRO FREITAS (PARIS + LISBONNE + NEW YORK)
Four frenzied creatures plunge into extreme combat in a crescendo of extravagant numbers that freely mix sexual and artistic genres. An exuberant piece inspired by voguing.
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Two iconoclastic inventors invite the audience to think about our fantasies of modernity as they turn portrayal and presentation upside down, transporting us into a quirky, futuristic and interactive cabaret.
AaléefTAOUFIQ IZEDDIOU (MARRAKECH)
A dance of rage and hope that questions what is possible in the aftermath of the Arab spring. The unique signature of a pioneer of contemporary dance in Morocco.
Alexis. Una tragedia grecaENRICO CASAGRANDE + DANIELA NICOLÒ (RIMINI)
Alexis. Una tragedia greca
Alexis. Una tragedia greca manifestly possesses the combustive power required to ignite rebellion. Its arsenal to spark the blaze consists of indignation, fury, hope and Antigone.
CesenaANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER (BRUXELLES + ANVERS)
BJÖRN SCHMELZER (BRUXELLES + ANVERS)
A capella voices rise, their only allies are silence, breathing and the floor that squeaks and resonates under their feet. Blending into a single body, the 19 performers of the dance company Rosas and the vocal ensemble graindelavoix express devastation and the hope for a better tomorrow, a new dawn. Dancers and singers merge together as they grope through the shadows seeking sunlight. They bring to vibrant life the spellbinding harmonics of songs from the 14th century, an era of drama and violence when a pope ordered the massacre of the town of Cesena, Italy. This space-time bubble is graced by spare, uncluttered dance inspired by walking and human footsteps.
Chaleur humaineSTÉPHANE GLADYSZEWSKI (MONTRÉAL)
Eight minutes of sensual enchantment where bodies are mingled with video images of intimate embrace and lovers’ fantasies. Torrid and poetic.
Chante avec moiOLIVIER CHOINIÈRE (MONTRÉAL)
Chante avec moi
People used to find communion in religion, and later in mass political movements. Now we all sing in harmony, to the bitter end.
Chutes incandescentesBENOÎT LACHAMBRE (MONTRÉAL)
CLARA FUREY (MONTRÉAL)
The choreographer Benoît Lachambre and the musician and dancer Clara Furey share a dream, and have combined their talents in this remarkable, passionate solo for two bodies.
DAMNED BE THE TRAITOR OF HIS HOMELAND!OLIVER FRLJIĆ (LJUBLJANA + ZAGREB)
DAMNED BE THE TRAITOR OF HIS HOMELAND!
Shocking, accusatory and disturbing, Damned Be the Traitor of His Homeland! (the last verse of the Yugoslav national anthem) is a bracing cry for civil and artistic liberty.
Dance With MeGRÉGORY CHATONSKY (MONTRÉAL)
Dance With Me
A downright playful space where the spectator becomes the DJ, choreographing virtual dancers. An invitation to direct the orchestra, if only for one song.
En attendantANNE TERESA DE KEERSMAEKER (BRUXELLES)
A living legend in the Western dance world, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker goes back in time to create a magnificent blend of dance and music. Incredibly beautiful.
GOODBYEMÉLANIE DEMERS (MONTRÉAL)
Physicality and emotional virtuosity underscore this spirited look at the creative force, a powerful blend of dance and theatre.
HEART AS ARENADANA GINGRAS (VANCOUVER + MONTRÉAL)
HEART AS ARENA
Highly charged hearts seek to embrace radio waves. An eminently physical parallel between the mechanics of human encounter and the mechanics of energy.
IRAKESE GEESTENMOKHALLAD RASEM (BAGDAD + ANVERS)
Mokhallad Rasem meets an almost impossible challenge with brio, staging a play, imbued with humour and beauty, about the disasters that have befallen the Iraqi people because of war.
LA PÉRÉGRIN CHÉRUBINIQUEJOVETTE MARCHESSAULT + POL PELLETIER (MONTRÉAL)
LA PÉRÉGRIN CHÉRUBINIQUE
The magnificently stubborn and persistent Pol Pelletier is back in force, motivated by the poetic radiance of the words of Jovette Marchessault and enveloped by the timeless music of Jean-Jacques Lemêtre.
LIFE AND TIMES – EPISODE 1KELLY COPPER + PAVOL LIŠKA (NEW YORK)
LIFE AND TIMES – EPISODE 1
The childhood (zero to age seven) of a middle-class American girl is presented as a modernist musical. An ode to the mundane that is utterly winsome!
MYGALENICOLAS CANTIN (MONTRÉAL)
A piece that freely mixes genres as it ventures boldly down the slippery slopes of intimacy and the dark side of fragility. Poignant and disturbing.
NATHANEMMANUEL SCHWARTZ (MONTRÉAL)
Burned beyond human recognition, Nathan Bénédict, a handicapped genius from a family of depraved intellectuals, can at last stage the grotesque American saga of his pitiful ancestors.
NATURE MORTEJULIE ANDRÉE T. (SAGARD)
Variations on the theme of landscape and death, and paintings composed of flesh, colour, light and sound, marking the stages of an unusual journey into the magic of abstraction. Initially expressionist, the body becomes a canvas, a stain on the décor. The space stretches its horizon into infinity. Time ticks by in the near silence of slow motion, under the spell of a poetry of sound and image that sets restless spirits free.
ON THE CONCEPT OF THE FACE, REGARDING THE SON OF GODROMEO CASTELLUCCI (CESENA)
ON THE CONCEPT OF THE FACE, REGARDING THE SON OF GOD
The indignities of everyday life, the pain and suffering of the body, heedless violence, and then a transubstantiation – one man’s gaze captured in a painting.
SEEDSANNABEL SOUTAR + CHRIS ABRAHAM + PORTE PAROLE + CROW'S THEATRE (MONTRÉAL + TORONTO)
What’s on your dinner plate? What if the answer is one of the half-truths revealed during an incredible court case where a multinational agribusiness corporation sued an elderly farmer?
SIDEWAYS RAINGUILHERME BOTELHO (GENÈVE)
Fourteen dancers traverse the stage in an unremitting, magnetic and thrilling wave. A hypnotic, exciting panorama about the brute force of destiny. Brilliant.
Solitudes SoloDANIEL LÉVEILLÉ (MONTRÉAL)
A series of solos set to demanding choreography and Bach sonatas for violin. As finely honed and polished as a diamond necklace.
SOUS LA PEAU, LA NUITDANIÈLE DESNOYERS (MONTRÉAL)
SOUS LA PEAU, LA NUIT
In a highly charged world, people approach each other to either make love or tear each other to pieces. A playful, invigorating and sensual work of great emotional intensity.
THE BODY IN QUESTION (S)ISABELLE VAN GRIMDE (MONTRÉAL)
THE BODY IN QUESTION (S)
Dancers and other artists have concocted a panorama with many-hued perspectives of the body and its evolving destiny, affected as it is by nature, culture, science and technology. This captivating exhibit-show is a unique experience.
THE DEBACLEANN-MARIE KERR (HALIFAX)
SUSAN LEBLANC CRAWFORD (HALIFAX)
A vibrant soliloquy that takes place in a room full of mementos symbolizing a life under glass that suddenly shatters, The Debacle draws up an inventory of fleeting moments and intense emotions.
TOO LATE! (ANTIGONE) CONTEST #2ENRICO CASAGRANDE + DANIELA NICOLÒ (RIMINI)
TOO LATE! (ANTIGONE) CONTEST #2
This magnificent lesson in insurrection is full of striking imagery and performed by an incandescent duo carrying the torch handed down by Antigone.
X-FOIS GENS CHAISEANGIE HIESL + ROLAND KAISER (COLOGNE)
X-FOIS GENS CHAISE
Twenty feet above the sidewalk, sitting on chairs affixed to the walls of downtown buildings, a dozen senior citizens appear to float above everyday concerns. Old age becomes urban poetry.