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Louise Lecavalier, Virtual Combat and FTA’s Tenth Anniversary

By Rachel Silver

 

Montréal-based dancer and choreographer Louise Lecavalier turns the stage into an imaginary battleground, diving into nine rounds of virtual combat with dancer Robert Abubo, in Mille batailles. The work has its North American debut on May 31 at Festival TransAmériques (FTA).

This year marks the tenth anniversary of FTA, running in Montréal from May 26 through June 8. It will feature over a dozen Canadian dance artists, including Isabelle Van Grimde, Thom Gossage, Anick La Bissonnière, Mélanie Demers, Catherine Gaudet, Frédérick Gravel, Katie Ward, Martin Messier, Anne Thériault, Dana Michel, Étienne Lepage, Manon Oligny and Amanda Acorn, as well as international dance artists Ann Van den Broek, Trajal Harrell, Fabrice Lambert, Pieter Ampe and Jérôme Bel.

The contemporary theatre and dance festival evolved out of the former Festival de theatre des Amériques, originating in 1985. FTA Artistic Director Martin Faucher describes the 2016 festival on the website as being “an incredible forum that invites artists and audience to experience the power of the art of the body, the art of words and ideas, a way of reconsidering the world and indeed, perhaps changing it.”

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