A relative newbie on the festival scene in Montreal, the Festival TransAmériques premiered in 2007, combining two festivals. Previously known as the Festival de Théâtre des Amériques, an all-theater festival going strong since 1985, the Festival TransAmériques added contemporary dance to the performance roster, picking up the slack where Montreal's contemporary dance event, the Festival International de Nouvelle Danse (defunct since 2003) left a void, to the dismay of Montreal's prominent dance community. And so a new festival was born with a particular focus on promoting contemporary dance and theater on the edge.
Notable Personalities at the Festival
From Robert Lepage, who effortlessly transitions from film set to theater to circus production to opera, and Louise Lecavalier, well-known for her work with Édouard Lock and La La La Human Steps, the Festival TransAmériques attracts performance juggernauts as well as emerging talent from Quebec, Canada and abroad.
Meet Your Favorite Artists
Performers sometimes make themselves available to the public after every second performance of a given show. Festival goers intent on meeting their favorite artists are thus advised to book tickets for the second performance of their favorite headliner.
2013 Edition Highlights
Consul the festival website for details on the 2013 edition, running May 22 to June 8, 2013.