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This year’s lineup for Festival Transamériques (May 27 – June 12, 2010)
 The 2010 Festival Transamériques program opens with the posthumous work of Merce Cunningham, Nearly 90². Invited works from overseas include Roman Tragedies, a trilogy of contemporary adaptations of Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra with political orientations by Toneelgroep Amsterdam (the Netherlands); the site-specific work Tu vois ce que je veux dire? by Projet in situ (France) that guides the members of the audience one by one through the streets of Montreal blindfolded; a work by Studios Kabako (Rep. of Congo) title More More More... Future that sets poetry by imprisoned political prisoner Antoine Vumilia Muhindo to that country’s popular music, ndombolo, with choreography incorporating punk elements; a work by Roger Bernat/FFF (Spain) named Domaine public that, true to its title (public domain), involves the public (audience) in the “acting” through instructions conveyed via audience headphones; a work titled L’effet de Serge by Vivarium Studio (France) about a man living alone and staging small-scale plays in his apartment each weekend; and the work Asalto al agua transparente by Lagartidas tiradas al sol (Mexico) that tells how the 2,000 sq. km. of lakes that once surrounded the nation’s capital have been reduced to just 10 sq. km. today, using the cold facts to tell the story of this ecological disaster. Other works include Saburo Teshigawara’s dance work Miroku from Japan.

Among the diverse lineup of invited works from Canada are the new work Onde de choc by O Vertigo; director Jérémie Niel’s work Cendres, an adaptation of Earth and Ashes by author Atiq Rahimi, who emigrated from Afghanistan to France and won the Prix Goncourt; a street performance titled Le très grand continental by Sylvain Émard employing a large number of amateur dancers; the solo work ...And Counting! (Letter Three) performed with no set, lighting or props except a single laptop computer by Tony Nardi, a playwright and actor with a background in Commedia dell’arte; and a dance work by Louise Lecavalier in collaboration Nigel Charnock (DV8) and Édouard Lock (La La La Human Steps) titled Children + A Few Minutes of Lock. Also, last year’s associate director of Festival d’Avignon, who leads companies in both Paris and Montreal, Wajdi Mouawad, will present the same four-part work Le Sang des promesses (Littoral + Incendies + Forêts and Ciels) in this festival as at Avignon.

[Festiaval Outline]
As implied by the use of Amériques (the Americas) in its original name, Festival de théâtre des Amériques, this festival was launched in 1985 as a platform for presenting theater from North and South America. It was held every other year after that until 2005. Since then, it has evolved into a truly international festival presenting works from outside the Americas as well, and since 2007 it has expanded its scope to include a dance program, changed its name to Festival Transamériques and is now held yearly.
 In addition to commissioning new works from representative Canadian artists like Robert Lepage, the festival ambitiously seeks out and introduces the works of promising young artists. The festival now stands on a par with CINARS as an event where visitors can see many of the best works coming out of Montreal, a city known for producing an exceptional number outstanding artists in North America. It is a festival that is said to “reflect the rhythm and image of its home base – Montreal” with its “multilingual, hybrid and festive” character. The director is Marie-Hélène Falcon.
+Festival Transamériques
Dates: May 27 – June 12, 2010
Venues: Place des Arts, others