Call for Submissions: 2020 FTA Conversations on Performance Seminar

Application deadline: December 1, 2019

Conversations on Performance is a 7-day seminar from May 20 to June 2, 2020 as part of the 14th edition of the Festival TransAmériques. The FTA will take place in Montreal from May 20 to June 2, 2020.

Open to a maximum of fifteen young Canadian professional artists aged 25 to 35, this project takes the form of a seminar held in English and based on six shows presented during the FTA. Participants are encouraged to expand their ideas about contemporary theatre and dance, confront their artistic realities and critical thinking, and to share their expertise with their peers. A cultural project coordinator will serve as a consultant during the project.

For its second edition, Conversations on Performance will include English-language artists from Montreal, across Quebec and from other provinces in Canada. We hope to eventually open it up to participants from other countries in the years to come.

* Please note that as the Festival’s program is not completed yet, Conversations on Performance’s start and end dates may vary from a day or two.


Encourage the development of emerging artistic practices by circulating ideas and intermingling disciplines and diverse creative contexts;
Enrich the professional and artistic approach of participants by discovering the work of other artists, as well as contemporary dance and theatre performances from Canada and elsewhere;
Stimulate contact with other artists and critics, and the sharing of ideas.

Festival TransAmériques

The biggest performing arts festival in North America, the Festival TransAmériques is a driving force for the promotion of contemporary theatre and dance. The FTA delves deep into artistic disciplines, probing their limits in its quest for bold, outstanding artistic voices. Its policy is a pact with the present, i.e. to support creative artists by presenting and co-producing contemporary theatre and dance pieces, works that reinterpret the world we live in, that shed light on our times. Featuring shows from all over the world, the FTA mirrors political and social movements of our era, as echoed in striking and essential works of art.

Eligibility Criteria

At least two years’ experience as a young dance, performance art or theatre professional*.
Have good spoken english
Be between 25 and 35

Special attention will be given to candidates who have demonstrated over the course of their short careers a desire to reflect in depth about their chosen art form and to further advance that particular discipline.

Directors, playwrights, choreographers, actors, performers, critics or any other candidate with a performing arts practice

Program activities

+ 6 FTA shows
Discuss FTA shows and related topics with an emphasis on critical analysis
In-depth discussions with FTA artists
Visits of cultural venues and artistic centres

Conversations on Performance is a demanding seminar that consists of an intense daily schedule. Successful candidates must demonstrate engagement and commitment.


Including 6 FTA shows and 7 days of activities, with a professional mediator.

Not covered by the Festival:
Transportation to and in Montreal
Personal expenses
Lodging (A special rate is available at universitary residences)
Tickets for shows not included in the Festival’s programme

Every submission requires

1 page cover letter
Photocopy of your identity card (at the photo page)

Please submit your files at the latest on December 1, 2019 to and indicate “Conversations on Performance Application” in your email title.

If selected, it is each candidate’s responsibility to find the funding necessary for taking part in the project. The FTA will provide an official letter of acceptance, to help participants in their search for funding.

We highly recommend that you start by communicating with your municipal and provincial funding agencies. The Canada Arts Council also offers travel grants for artists taking part in professional development activities.

For more information, visit or contact Project Manager Jeanne-Renée D. Lorrain at 514 842 0704 + 26 /

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