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International Symposium – The Theatres of Collectivities

New dates: June 16-19, 2022

Place: Montréal, University of Montréal

Organized by:

  • The Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises (CRILCQ)
  • The International University Theater Association (AITU-IUTA)
  • The Fédération québécoise du théâtre amateur (FQTA)
  • Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET)

Theme for the International Symposium

“The Theatres of Collectives”

The successive controversies triggered by the 2018 announcement of the Slàv and Kanata performances, staged by Robert Lepage, brought to the attention of a wide audience subjects that were hitherto confined to a withdrawn milieu of specialists and particular advocacy groups. Who owns this story, who can talk about it, who can define its identity, and under what conditions? Such questions have, with considerable virulence, fuelled an important public debate, to which the press has responded. Very quickly, other corollary and equally crucial questions have emerged, balancing principles of “cultural property” and of creative freedom.

Some lament theatrical projects that, at the outset, were based on overt values of inclusion and restorative will, having been denounced by representatives of (black and first nations) collectives who, in fact, highlighted the painful history. But what is even more unfortunate is that, among the abundance of exchanges brought about by this debate, little attention has been paid to the fact that the theatrical milieu, constituted of those who are active in these communities, have in large part been at the root of the controversy. The Slàv-Kanata affair has thereby steered focus towards current affairs and related questions on culture and the history of certain collectives; and yet, the affair has revealed nothing regarding what these particular collectives, as well as others who do not partake in the debate, have been doing for years, sometimes for decades, precisely in order to “tell themselves.”

This important and profuse activity, which remains eclipsed by the controversy, is at the heart of this international symposium on “The Theatres of Collectives.” It is devoted to this “other” theatrical voice which, plural and diverse in its form and its content, is the result of community initiatives, regardless of the situation, nature, language and activism of the communities concerned. While disparate, these collectives nonetheless share the desire to express, to recover and to recognize themselves in stage practices where no one individual has an overall vision. Nevertheless, statistics available in North America and in Europe demonstrate that this theatre of collectives draws more spectators and more practitioners than the so-called commercial and traditionally professional productions, that it establishes an entirely original stage-audience relationship and that it creates a spectacular and social experience beyond compare.

Overly thought about and under-documented, this theatre plays an active role in the development and assertion of these collectives. It does this by taking extremely diverse forms, by adopting modes of production and of creation that resonate with its milieu and by pursuing original objectives.

The expression “theatre of collectives” covers a wide range of stage practises, enabling consideration of their diversity but also of their hybridity and their evolving energy1. It also avoids confinement to common yet unsuitable categories, such as amateurs, school or professional—theatrical groups passing from amateur to professional status and vice-versa, others hiring professionals, sometimes on a regular or provisional basis, others lastly based on a stable core of paid agents, etc.

The symposium offers the opportunity for practitioners, theorists, critics, historians and administrators to discuss the topics of “theatres of collectives” based on five avenues of reflection:

  • Historical, epistemological and theoretical perspectives

  • Aesthetics objectives, innovative practices

  • Militant engagement: social, identity-based, political demands; actions for and from the milieu

  • Organizational challenges and their modes of functioning

  • Practices of reception: how should we see and critique the theatre of collectives?


  1. For example, first nations theatre, those of ethno-cultural minorities, theatre for those living with disabilities, theatre from LGBTQ+ communities, regional and local theatrical groups, theatre in school groups, institutional theatre (in prisons, etc.) and business theatre, etc. ↩︎

Organizing Committee

General organization

  • Erin Hurley (CRILCQ, McGill University)
  • Jean-Marc Larrue (CRILCQ, Université de Montréal)
  • Nicole Nolette (CRILCQ, SQET, University of Waterloo)
  • Dominic Poulin (Service aux étudiants, Théâtre Université de Montréal)
  • Yoland Roy (Fédération québécoise du théâtre amateur)
  • Marie-Eve Skelling-Desmeules (CRILCQ, SQET, Université du Québec à Chicoutimi)
  • Karolann St-Amand (CRILCQ, Figura, Université de Montréal)

Logistics

  • Coordination and general information: Karolann St-Amand (CRILCQ, Figura, Université de Montréal)
  • Lodging and transport: Sarah Grenier (CRILCQ, Université de Montréal) et Ève-Catherine Champoux (CRILCQ, Université de Montréal)
  • Scientific information: Astrid Novat (CRILCQ, Université de Montréal)
  • Technical support: Louis-Olivier Brassard

Scientific Committee

  • Alain Chevalier (Université of Liège, Belgium)
  • Elka Fedjuk (Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico)
  • Kathryn Mederos Syssoyeva (Dixie State University, USA)
  • Vito Minoia (AENIGMA, Urbino University, Italy)
  • Françoise Odin (INSA-Lyon, France)
  • Rénald Pelletier (Fédération québécoise du théâtre amateur)
  • Maria S. Horne (University at Buffalo – SUNY)
  • Robin Whittaker (St. Thomas University, Canada)

Programme

Download the programme (PDF, 2.8 Mb)
* Last updated: June 14

Download the long-length version (PDF, 5.9 Mb)
* Last updated: June 14

The symposium will be available online via Zoom (the links will remain the same for all three days):

Only the shows and performances will not be broadcast online, including events in C-1070 or at the Centre d’essai.

Meals

For invited speakers

A cold buffet will be served on site every day at noon on the days of the colloquium for the invited speakers only.

Nearby Locations

Première Moisson: bakery, pastry & café
https://premieremoisson.com

5199 chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (QC); H3T 1Y1

Au pain doré: bakery, pastry & café

5214 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, (QC); H3T 1Y1
http://fr.aupaindore.com/

Resto-bar La Maisonnée
5385 Avenue Gatineau, Montréal (QC); H3T 1X2
http://restobarlamaisonnee.com/

Pub McCarold: Irish Pub
5400 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Mtl (QC) ; H3T 1Y5
http://pubmccarold.com/

Brûlerie urbaine: coffee roaster
5252 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (QC); H3T 1X8

Saint-Houblon : brasserie
5414 rue Gatineau, Montréal (QC); H3T 1X5
https://www.sainthoublon.com/

Kinton Ramen
5216 Chemin de la Cote-des-Neiges, Montréal (QC) H3T 1X8
https://www.kintonramen.com/quebec-menu/#ramen-qc

Groceries and Alcohol

Exofruits
5192 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (QC); H3T 1Y1

Épicerie Métro
5150 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (QC); H3T 1X8

Société des Alcools du Québec (SAQ)
5252 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal (QC); H3T 1X8

Suggestions of restaurants, snack bars and cafes

Aux Vivres: vegan
4631 Boul. St-Laurent, Montréal (QC); H2T 1R2
Price (evening): approximately $45 for 2 people before taxes and service
https://www.auxvivres.com/notre-menu

Au petit extra
1690 Rue Ontario E, Montréal (QC); H2L 1S7
Price (evening): approximately $80 for 2 people before taxes and service
http://aupetitextra.com/

Bouillon Bilk
1595 Boul. St-Laurent, Montréal (QC); H2X 2S9
Price (evening): approximately $120 for 2 people before taxes and service
http://bouillonbilk.com/

Bistrot La Fabrique
3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal (QC); H2X 3L6
Price (evening): approximately $100 for 2 people before taxes and service
http://bistrotlafabrique.com/fr/index.html

Au pied de cochon
536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal (QC); H2L 1A9
Price (evening): approximately $100 for 2 people before taxes and service
http://aupieddecochon.ca/

Schwartz’s: smoked meat
3895 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal (QC); H2W 1X9
Price: approximately $30 for 2 people before taxes and service
https://schwartzsdeli.com/index.php?route=common/home

Leméac
1045 Avenue Laurier O, Outremont (QC); H2V 2L1
Price (evening): approximately $110 for 2 people before taxes and service
http://restaurantlemeac.com/

Joe Beef
2491 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal (QC); H3J 1N6
Price (evening): approximately $130 for 2 people before taxes and service
http://www.joebeef.ca/fr/

Le Mousso
1023 Rue Ontario E, Montréal (QC); H2L 1P8
Price (evening): approximately 240$ for 2 people before taxes and service
https://lemousso.com/

Restaurant Toqué!
Price (evening): approximately $200 for 2 people before taxes and service
900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montréal (QC); H2Z 2B2
http://www.restaurant-toque.com/

Buvette chez Simone: wine bar
4869 Av du Parc, Montréal (QC); H2V 4E7
http://buvettechezsimone.com/

Café Olimpico
124 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal (QC); H2T 2L1
http://www.cafeolimpico.com/

St-Viateur Bagel Shop
263 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal (QC); H2V 1Y1

La Banquise: poutine, open 24/24h
994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal (QC); H2J 2J3
Price (evening): approximately $25 for 2 people before taxes and service
http://labanquise.com/

Social Activities

Cirque du Soleil – Kooza
13 May to August 14
More info : https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/fr/kooza

Festival Art Souterrain
April 2 to June 30
More info : https://www.festival2022.artsouterrain.com

Festival MURAL
June 9-19
More info : https://www.lavitrine.com/evenement/Festival_MURAL

Festival St-Ambroise Fringe de Montréal
May 30 to June 19
More info : https://montrealfringe.ca/

Francos de Montréal
June 10-18
More info : https://francosmontreal.com

Jardins Gamelin
May 26 mai to October 2
More info : https://jardinsgamelin.com/fr/accueil

Transportation

Transport from the airport

  • Taxi: a ride from the P.-E. Trudeau airport to downtown Montreal costs approximately $40.00 CAD.
  • Bus: the 747 shuttle bus connects passengers to the Lionel-Groulx station. It is possible from there to get to the University by metro. A ticket can be bought at the airport ($10.00 CAD).

Transport in Montréal

It is possible to travel through the whole city of Montréal using public transport, either the bus or the metro. Various ticket types are available to accomodate for all your needs. For more information, please visit the site of the STM: http://www.stm.info/en

International Symposium – The Theatres of Collectivities

New dates: June 16-19, 2022

Place: Montréal, University of Montréal

Organized by:

  • The Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises (CRILCQ)
  • The International University Theater Association (AITU-IUTA)
  • The Fédération québécoise du théâtre amateur (FQTA)
  • Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET)

International Symposium – The Theatres of Collectivities

New dates: June 16-19, 2022

Place: Montréal, University of Montréal

Organized by:

  • The Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises (CRILCQ)
  • The International University Theater Association (AITU-IUTA)
  • The Fédération québécoise du théâtre amateur (FQTA)
  • Société québécoise d’études théâtrales (SQET)