FTA unveils five major works in 2020 lineup

On this Monday of January 27, 2020, the artistic director of the Festival TransAmériques Martin Faucher announced five major works by contemporary dance and theatre artists who will be in Montreal for the 14th edition of the FTA, taking place from May 20 to June 3, 2020. 

To start off, two exceptional Quebec artists are returning to the Festival: Louise Lecavalier and Marie Brassard. After touring her duos So Blue and Battleground on stages all over the world, the dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier – whose unquenched desire for dance seizes upon movement as the very food of survival – is back with the solo Stations (from May 21 to 27 at Usine C), a piece that is both intimate and fiery. It will be presented at Usine C after its world première in Düsseldorf in February 2020.

The singular woman of the theatre Marie Brassard maintains an unending fascination for Japan, a country she has been visiting for the past 28 years. It is a source of inspiration for Violence (from May 30 to June 2 at Usine C)  – her most ambitious project to date – a plunge into the mystery of the synergy between creation and destruction. In addition to her faithful team, she is assisted by Japanese artists and is rehearsing the piece in Kinosaki and Tokyo. This new work will also be featured in Germany in May 2020, prior its FTA showing at Usine C.

From one piece to the next, the virtuoso dancer and choreographer François Chaignaud is utterly transformed. He was first at the FTA in 2012 with Marlene Monteiro-Freitas in (M)imosa. Accompanied onstage by sumptuous baroque music directed by Nino Laisné, he incarnates in Romances inciertos, un autre Orlando (May 25 at Ludger-Duvernay Theatre of Monument-National) three androgynous or transvestite figures from Spanish folklore who are reborn in this dazzling choreographic concert. One night only, in the wonderful showcase that is Monument-National.

His influence on the art of theatre is undeniable. A master among masters, the director Peter Brook, 94 years old, returns to the FTA after a 20-year absence. In Why? (from May 21 to 23 at Ludger-Duvernay Theatre of Monument-National), a testamentary work that he co-created with Marie-Hélène Estienne, he divests in uncompromising fashion all artifice to focus on the essential: Why theatre at all? A grand event featuring three exceptional actors, presented at Monument National. 

In addition to the above the FTA will also present a piece first announced in November, Requiem pour L. (from May 26 to 28 at Théâtre Maisonneuve of Place des arts) by Fabrizio Cassol and Alain Platel, a work that crystallizes the final moments of a woman’s life, sublimating them in a sacred ode. Not to be missed, it will be shown in Théâtre Maisonneuve at Place des Arts.

About 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. The 14th edition of the Festival TransAmériques will take place from May 20 to June 3.

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