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It’s perhaps North America’s answer to the Festival d’Avignon in France, one of the major, defining events in theatre in the world. Every year, challenging experiences take place in several locations around town.
You can see shows in many different languages, but the most significant one is physical. This year, I bought tickets without even knowing exactly what kind of shows I should expect. Among them are:
Körper, a disturbing and internationally acclaimed choreography from Sasha Waltz about the way we see and interact with the human body.
Singular Sensation, a challenging, heartbreaking experience from Yasmeen Godder, with five dancers creating crude movements to represent our urgent need to connect with the other.
Questo Buio Feroce, an Italian performance inspired by American writer Harold Brodkey, who died from AIDS in the 1990s.
Éonnagata, a work of art combining martial arts and classical dance from Russell Maliphant, Sylvie Guillem and Robert Lepage, with costumes designed by Alexander McQueen.
Transports exceptionnels, a free outdoor performance in Old Montréal, in which French artist Dominique Boivin dances with a mechanical shovel to the music of Maria Callas.
I can’t wait to see these shows, and be surprised or even shocked. And I’m expecting tears to surface, because then, I will know that something magical, unforgettable just happened.
For more info about the Festival TransAmériques, click here.