Festival TransAmériques 101

Isa Tousignant

Multilingual, festive and a yearly homage to innovation, the Festival TransAmériques—or FTA, for short—reflects the rhythm Montréal. The 12 edition will take over seven performance spaces throughout the city from May 23 to June 7, 2018.


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FTA presents and celebrates new works in contemporary dance and theatre from throughout the globe, presenting exciting forms of the art that mesh together to create hybrids dreamt up by the cutting edge of choreographers, writers and directors. It encourages an open dialogue between artists and audience through workshops, debates and round table discussions that echo and expand on the performances. Outside of festival time, the FTA helps fund and create co-productions that tour around the world year-round.


1985 date of inauguration

865,200 festivalgoers since 1985

459 shows presented since the start

Over 100 international programmers every year

47 countries represented since 1985

Over $1,000,000 allotted to co-productions since 1985

1-866-984-3822 is the number to purchase tickets


Taking Montréal’s cultural scene by storm from May 23 to June 7, 2018, the 12th edition of the Festival TransAmériques will present works including Kings of War by Ivo van Hove, back by popular demand with his take on Shakespeare’s three-part tragedy.

A leading figure in the contemporary avant-garde in China, choreographer Tao Ye will be presenting a sacred ritual in his company’s signature minimalist, highly refined dance style with a double bill titled 6 & 9.

La nuit des taupes, an intriguing, absurdist theatrical work dreamt up by French stage director Philippe Quesne, will plunge the spectator into a parallel underground universe starring seven giant moles.

Two of the most remarkable and respected voices in Quebec theatre, Evelyne de la Chenelière and Marie Brassard, present an unconventional work about time, death and memory: La vie utile, starring actors Christine Beaulieu and Sophie Cadieux.

Grandfather choreographer Paul-André Fortier collaborated with the feisty writer Étienne Lepage to create Solo 70, the final show to be produced by his company Fortier Danse-Création. This generational shocker involves live punk guitar.

To close the festival, the acclaimed Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite and playwright Jonathon Young will come in like a bolt of pure energy! Betroffenheit is a powerful work that deals with post-traumatic stress and has bowled over audiences in some 30 cities. It will conclude its international tour in Montréal.


The Quartier général du Festival (known as the QG) is the place where artists and spectators get together to celebrate and raise a glass to great shows. By day it’s a place to eat goodies catered by Fou d’Ici and exchange, by night it’s a place to party! After each show, your ticket gives you access to discount prices at the QG bar. Free admission all the time.

175, Président-Kennedy Avenue (between Saint-Urbain and Jeanne-Mance)

Centre Pierre-Péladeau - 300, boulevard Maisonneuve E.

Édifice WILDER – Espace danse - 1435, rue de Bleury

Place des Arts - 175, rue Sainte-Catherine O.

Théâtre Denise-Pelletier - 4353, rue Sainte-Catherine E.

Théâtre ESPACE GO - 4890, boulevard Saint-Laurent

Usine C - 1345, avenue Lalonde


Online fta.ca

By telephone 514-844-3822 or 1-866-984-3822

In person La Vitrine 2, rue Sainte-Catherine E.

Tuesday to Saturday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday and Monday: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Isa Tousignant

Isa Tousignant, blogger

Isa Tousignant is an art and lifestyle writer based out of Montréal’s ecclectic Park Ex neighbourhood. She is Contributing Editor for Canadian Art magazine and freelances full-time for a wide variety of magazines and brands. She’s also a jewellery designer and passionate about animal costumes and their role in contemporary art.