“There is nothing more beautiful than being together.”
Wajdi Mouawad, Incendies.
This year marks the 20th edition of the Carrefour international de théâtre festival. Founded in 1992, it began as a biennial, before becoming an annual event in 2008, which explains this year being the 20th edition of a 27-year-old festival. Over the years, a beautiful complicity has blossomed between the Carrefour, its featured artists and the public. We have had the honour of showcasing some of the most influential figures of the contemporary performing arts scene—some of them more than once—and of presenting the public with bold entertainment, artistic experiments, and access to never-before-seen performances. Once again combining thrilling discoveries and grand reunions, this edition promises to deliver art straight from the heart.
On our program: seasoned creators at the top of their game, as well as amazingly talented newcomers. Wajdi Mouawad, Joël Pommerat, Johann Le Guillerm, beacons of contemporary creation; the Yves Hunstad & Eve Bonfanti duo, with whom we’ve been reciprocally and unequivocally enamoured since the very beginning (they participated in the 1st, 5th and 10th Carrefour); the flamboyant Mani Soleymanlou, whom we absolutely adore, the heart-warming Nassim Soleimanpour, whom we love just as much; Marc Béland, in tandem with Alix Dufresne, both as passionate as they are committed; Alice Pascual & Jon Lachlan Stewart, who are as powerful as they are playful; Stefan Kaegi from the Rimini Protokoll collective, stars of documentary theatre, Dominique Leclerc & Édith Patenaude, following in their wake; the Beddows-Fontaine-Ouellette trio, true forces of nature and culture. These women and men shine, they radiate, they ignite! They are all favourites and we have fallen in love with every single one of them.
The walkthrough experience Où tu vas quand tu dors en marchant…? is marking a decade of existence with a first foray along the banks of the Saint-Charles River, which has irrigated the heart of our beloved city since the dawn of time. Spanning two riverbanks, three bridges and four neighbourhoods, the five new acts of this sixth edition symbolize or echo the wishes formulated in our shows: lending a helping hand, bridging gaps and forging relationships. Between individuals. Between neighbourhoods. Across languages, countries, cultures, religions, communities and generations. Between the city and the countryside; uptown and downtown. Between the North and the South. The East and the West. Between the past, the present and the future. Between science and the arts and politics and history. Between spectators and performers … with a subtle underlying exploration of the theme of metamorphosis, a willingness … a longing for change. As a wonderful complement to our official program, our chantiers/constructions artistiques workshops and our satellite activities will offer a space for experimentation and discovery, and to facilitate dialogue between the artists and the public. Be sure not to miss our festive evenings at café-bar Le Zinc, the official rendezvous point of festival-goers and artists alike. There is truly nothing more beautiful than being together.
Join us in celebrating our 20th Carrefour!
Happy festival to all!