L’OFFTA Carries On

Prologue-M_Soleymanlou Prologue with M. Soleymanlou

The Montreal answer to the annual FTA, L’OFFTA, usually has a set of cutting edge performances that range from exquisite to kooky. Given the situation, the innovative group didn’t want to pass a year up but has chosen to move to online and remote encounters instead. It’s so nice to live in a creatively rich city.

Although free (or by donation), the pass offers access to 15 different works which will be performed between May 22 and 32nd (yes, they decided to add an extra day to May!).

A few works that look especially promising include the following:

Strike/Thru

Theatre artist Johanna Nutter and visual artist Nadia Myre will invite six members of the audience to reconstruct a conversation between two culturally mixed people. The piece looks at reconciliation and the current climate around Indigenous and settler relations. May 28 at 5 p.m. Info HERE.

Slippery Slit

This piece happens over the telephone. Is it… phone sex? Unclear, but according to performer Nate Yaffe’s description you will be encouraged to move beyond yourself. May 26, 3-4:30 p.m. and 9-10:30 p.m., in English and French. Information HERE.

Si j’étais un homme…

Singer/songwriter/producer/artist/activist Elle Barbara has challenged music in many ways. Now she will be creating a music video for a new cover of Diane Tell’s Si j’étais un homme. In the end, everyone will get to sing along. May 29, 5 – 6 p.m. Info HERE.

Prologue

Mani Soleymanlou’s troupe of actors, performers, and dancers from Quat’Sous are collaborating on a work inspired by Shahnameh, the Book of Kings, an Iranian epic tale by Ferdowsi from the year 1000. Although appearing in different places, the performers will come together on video in a way that allows artists and spectators to interact. May 27-30 at 9 a.m. Info HERE.

Fleshy Sailboat

Join Lara Oundjian on a walking tour that is part performance, part participatory, and all sensorial. Join in on May 30, at 3 p.m. Information HERE.

Micro-party de balcon

Festival season inevitably entails parties and the L’OFFTA party has moved to your balcony this year. For 32 minutes, those who join the party can celebrate together online. Join in on May 23, 27, 29, and 31. Info HERE.

The L’OFFTA takes place May 22 – May 32 (June 1?). For information about the many events taking place and get your pass, click HERE.

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