For a limited time, you still have the opportunity to go and see some amazing performances at Festival Trans Amériques. It is one of those festivals in the city that is yet to be discovered by the masses. Perhaps it is because it has nothing to do with singing and pop music. But here are a few shows you might still want to catch while they’re hot!
In short, if you want think about modern society and its implications, you might really want to urge to either one of these shows. And that is the beauty of theatre and dance: they are greatly inspired by societal issues.
Conte d’Amour : This piece has nothing to do with the conventionnal love story. It is not Romeo and Juliet. The story was inspired by Josef Fritzl, this Austrian who kept his daughter captive for 24 years. It is about extreme love, when it becomes absolute, possessive.
“This gut-wrenching piece distills the audience’s malaise and sordid fascination, turning the spectators into voyeurs, witnesses almost despite themselves to an intimate nightmare imbued with a disturbing strangeness as they watch ageless children, captives of a monster father who is surprisingly familiar, play and play out again disturbing rituals. Between what is shown and what is hidden, in a context out of time, incandescent words and images pulsate throughout this tale for adults.”
It might seem a bit disturbing, but if you want to think about what is, and what should be, private, and how love can be destructive and become ownership, you should not miss this.
Until May 30th, at Conservatoire d’Art Dramatique
Ganesh versus the Third Reich : The title might seem a bit off, even disturbing or awkward. The act was written and developped by actors from a very particuliar crew, one that is affected by mental handicaps. It is about cultural appropriation, relationship to power, and the rights to imitate, portray the other.
“Hitler stole the swastika symbol from India. Ganesh, the elephant-headed god whose duty is to combat ignorance and overcome obstacles, travels to Nazi Germany to reclaim that ancient Sanskrit symbol of well-being. But what can Ganesh do about the pitfalls encountered in the rehearsal hall? The actors want to know who is to play the Nazis, whether knowledge of Judaism is required to play a Jew and, on behalf of the common good, if they must place their trust in a tyrant – the director.”
May 30th and 31st, June 1st and 2nd, at Usine C
La jeune fille et la mort : It is an act about consumerism. It reacts to modern society by deconstructing clichés, by adressing seduction, set in an unrully classroom.
“The play illustrates in fragments the concept of the ‘girlization’ of the world so characteristic oof our era of overconsumption and pathological seduction. Assisted by a resourceful team, Bureau de l’APA presents itself in anarchic, inventive and poetic fashion as a critic of our society of entertainment, a rousing apostle of deconditioning. Ferociously undisciplined and rigorously unruly, these prodigious tinkerers generate emotion in uncommon ways as they deconstruct ideas, words and clichés and hijack eras, genres ans styles.”
June 2nd, 3rd and 4th, at Espace Libre
La Grande et fabuleuse histoire du commerce: 5 businessmen meet in a hotel room. Through their empty discourse, they expose their confusion about their own values, about lying and honesty, aand about their own exploitation for the profit of a merchant society.
“A relentless saga that borrows from the documentary film genre, La grande et fabuleuse histoire du commerce follows the evolution and downfall of contemporary consumerism. With this play, writer Joel Pommerat, a groudbreaking figure in French theatre, has penned a biting and desperate diptych on business logic and it blind and terrible insinuation into the heart of our lives.”
June 7 and 8, at Maison Théâtre
Birds with Skymirrors : after ‘Un ennemi du peuple’, this piece is another one with a strong environmental aspect. It was inspired by the vision of birds fishing out toxic waste from the ocean. It is a poetic act about modernity and reconciliation with the environment.
“Birds with Skymirrors transports the audience into a parallel world where the gods whisper and shout into the ears of humans. Enigmatic incantations and age-old chants. Carved into the darkness, images of an irresistible rite of passage follow one on the other – the precise, delicate movements of gliding monks, the splendour of bodies bearing tattos of mystery, fleeting evocations of a planet raaged by blind modernity.”
May 29th and 30th, at Théâtre Maisonneuve
What we are saying : It is more of a performance than a dance show, which means that it is multidisciplinary. It takes place in a neutral space, no stage separating the audience and the cast. This one is about finding unity through chaos, about finding a common discourse through dissonant voices.
“The choral conversation of what we are saying becomes a remarkable dance of words. It’s all in the telling, for in this improbable experience of speaking as though dancing, with everyone talking at once, what is conveyes is the hope of finding unison in a shared discourse, the desire to invent a new way of being together.”
June 1st, 2nd and 3rd, at Centre Phi
Ainsi parlait: A team composed of a choreographer and an author gave birth to a brilliant piece about conformity. Sexy, intelligent, pop and rock-and-roll all merge to give the audience unique experience.
“In movements that is in constant counterpoint to unclassifiable texts, four performers take on the contradictions of society. Playing with conventions, the offhand, impudent tone of these disruptive freethinkers is an antidote to moroseness and apathy. Theirs is a theatre of combat — provocative, reckless, constructive. An entenglement of forms, a fusion of energies, Ainsi parlait… offers an experience that promises to be far from tepid.””
June 5, 6, 7 and 8th, at Agora de la Danse.
For more info please visit the FTA’s official website